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International Financial Places gathered at Europlace2015 in Paris

Last week, about 1700 people attended Paris Europlace International Financial Forum. We’ve used NamSor API to figure out the attendants’ likely international profiles and found the audience to be very diverse.

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Several good reasons for that,

  • The European Focus of the agenda, essential at a time when the Greek deal was still in negotiation. For example, integration in the Capital Markets was extensively discussed during ‘European Capital Markets Union (CMU), How to Foster Economic Growth?’,
  • The participation of several International Financial Centers and Investment Promotion Agencies (in the dedicated roundtable ‘International Financial Centers: Boosting New Financing Channels’, but also in the audience),
  • Diverse panels invited by the organisers to reflect the international orientation of the Paris Financial Center (although there is still a gender gap: ~25% women speakers) but also to pave the way for COP21, one the largest high-profile international conference to take place in Paris in December 2015.

To be noted: very few attendants / speakers from Greece or Iran, both countries that made the headlines in the following days.

Greece (and the Greeks) were also absent of the OECD Forum earlier this year, as if the World had given up on Greek economists/politicians/business people taking control of their country’s destiny – and having failed to engage the Greek Diaspora too.

As for Iran, yesterday’s historic deal means – if it goes all the way to getting the sanctions lifted- that we’re likely to see more Persian names in international forums that will be organized in 2016. Who is curious to discover who are the top Iranian economists today, the names you’re likely to see on panels of economic conferences tomorrow?

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After BusinessFrance, France launches AfricaFrance

France took the bold step of naming yet an other international business initiative with an English name: AfricaFrance.

It doesn’t mean France is about to ditch the Francophonie, but it could mean that it takes a pragmatic approach to English language being the language for business. It could also indicate that France business community, represented by MEDEF International, will be more proactive to invest beyond Françafrique in English-speaking African countries currently driving growth in Africa. The project takes the form of a foundation, AfricaFrance, headed by Lionel ZINSOU and endorsed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Fernand Braudel, in his book a Grammar of Civilizations, mentioned the “linguistic joke played on Black Africa by the colonization: instead of gaining one international common language, it got two”. The map below, prepared using NamSor technology from a large database of company directors in Africa, shows that the linguistic divide is also very current in business and Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

2015_FDIMagnet_AfricaFranceA challenge for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be to promote this new brand on traditional and social media, as currently searching for AfricaFrance on Google returns totally orthogonal results, compared to the message the Quai d’Orsay would like to convey.

AfricaFrance was launched this morning very much as a ‘top-down’ approach, when the United-States and the United-Kingdom have built successful bottom-up approaches in recent years, directed towards the local elites in Africa or the global African Diasporas.

Will this particular initiative encounter a more durable success than last year event ‘African Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development‘, which failed to deliver practical results? How will AfricaFrance maintain and gain traction once the African leaders are back in their home country?

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–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

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