Foreign Direct Investment in France and Japan’s Participation
The recent economic reforms adopted by the French government will strengthen France’s position as an attractive business destination. France is already one of the main host countries for foreign direct investment in the world. Japanese companies are among the most active in this field and remain the largest Asian investors in France. Following the publication of the latest annual report on foreign investment in France, Pascal Gondrand, head of Business France for Japan and North-East Asia, will present the latest trends in foreign investment in Francapane, key factors of attractiveness and positioning of Japanese companies. He will present some examples of recent investment projects and the testimonies of Japanese business leaders explaining why they chose France to develop their business in Europe.
Speaker : Pascal Gondrand
Born in 1962 in South-Eastern France, Pascal Gondrand is graduated from University of Grenoble and ENA. Joined the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry in 1992 as the head of Audiovisual and Consumer Electronics in the Electronics & Information Technology Department. In 1996, served as Deputy Head of International Investment and SME’s International Development. In 1998 assigned in Taiwan until 2004. Stayed in France as Head of the Trade Promotion and Export Partners Division until 2006. In 2006 came back to China in Guangzhou and in 2008 he took office as the Chief Representative of Invest in France Agency in Greater China and Counselor for International Investment covering Main land China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In September 2015, appointed as Director of the Business France in Japan and Counselor for Trade and Investment at the French Embassy in Tokyo. He leads a team of over 40 French and Japanese Trade Officers and Managers, in charge of supporting the international development of French companies, especially SMEs, in the Japanese market, and investment projects by Japanese companies in France.