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Vincent Reina re-elected President of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Vincent Reina commits to a second three-year term (photo: CCFA)
Vincent Reina commits to a second three-year term (photo: CCFA)
FRANCE / MENA. The general assembly of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce has renewed, Thursday 20 June 2019, Vincent Reina at its head. Already elected for the first time in June 2016 - he had succeeded Hervé de Charette -, he is embarking on a new three-year term.

Vincent Reina (65) is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion de Paris and has spent almost his entire career in the Suez group, where he became Director of Development for France Délégué.

He expressed his "ambition to revive French exports in the Mena zone countries". According to the CCFA, "despite a positive balance of 806 million euros in 2018, French foreign trade with the countries of North Africa and the Middle East is in sharp decline compared to 2017 when it exceeded 5.7 billion euros". The authority notes, in a press release, that "regional growth is estimated to increase to 3.2% in 2020 and the Arab countries are undergoing a profound transformation by developing a shift in terms of energy transition. The Arab countries thus benefit from a real attractiveness for French companies which have a recognized know-how, particularly in terms of sustainable cities (well-being, mobility, urban planning, sustainable development)".

The new president intends "to implement a deeper transformation, a more aggressive repositioning, to advance exchanges with the countries of the Mena zone".

Created in 1970, the CCFA "intervenes in export formalities to Arab countries, in training, information, business development, alternative solutions for conflict resolution. It organises bilateral actions throughout France. It works in close collaboration with all the French and Arab economic and institutional actors, on the national territory and in the 22 countries covered". SMEs make up 50% of the Chamber's membership.


Frédéric Dubessy

Thursday, June 20th 2019

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