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2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France

2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France

Published on April 29, 2015
The 2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France will be held in Miami, May 7 & May 8, 2015

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman
Foreign trade – Mr. Matthias Fekl’s participation in the 2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France (Miami, May 8, 2015)

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will travel to Miami tomorrow to participate in the 2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France.

This symposium is being organized by the National Committee of Foreign Trade Advisors of France, a non-profit organization which coordinates a network of 4,000 French foreign trade advisors in more than 150 countries. It is an economic and business forum as well as a networking platform.

Nearly 3,000 participants from 50 countries are expected to attend the symposium, including personalities from political and economic spheres and 600 business leaders, including French business leaders established abroad, heads of French companies with international operations, small and medium-sized enterprises and intermediate size companies seeking to expand internationally.

For immediate release


Under the High Patronage of M. Laurent Fabius, Minister Foreign Affairs and International Development of France


Theme: “Vision 2025: Implications for our global community, the stakes and challenges of international business”


May 7 & May 8, 2015 in Miami

The second edition of the Worldwide Symposium of the CCEs (Foreign Trade Advisors of France), a global business forum, has once again succeeded in bringing together close to 600 CEOs as well as numerous world political and business leaders, coming from 50 different countries. For two days, they will share best practices, learn from each others’ experience and develop their network of partners, suppliers and customers through thematic panels and B2B sessions.

A forum in which 50 SMEs, selected by the network of the CCEs and their institutional partners, will also be participating with the objective to enrich their knowledge of the North American market and benefit from a unique international networking platform.
Alain Bentéjac, President of the National Committee of the CCE declared: “We are very proud to continue to reinforce the leadership position of the CCE internationally through this major event of our organization”.

The event is organized around 4 main directions:

- A global business forum to analyze and understand future trends and issues, and their impacts on the international development of businesses
- An opportunity to highlight new business models and share best practices to be successful in our international development
- A forum in which the selected SMEs will benefit from the mentoring of CCEs to penetrate successfully the north American market
- A unique international networking platform to interact and establish bridges among business leaders

With the participation of business figures such as:

- Fred SMITH, founder & Chairman of Fedex
- Hubert JOLY, CEO of Best Buy
- Adam GOLDSTEIN, president & COO of Royal Caribbean cruises
- Richard Dobbs, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute
- Clara Gaymard. President, General Electric France
- Frederic GAGEY, Chairman & CEO of Air France
- Claude IMAUVEN, President, St Gobain Construction
- Serge DUMONT, Vice Chairman, Omnicom Group

… and world political leaders:

- Matthias FEKL, French Secretary of State for foreign trade
- Pascal LAMY, former WTC Director General o
- General PETRAEUS, former head of the CIA, chairman of the KKR Global Institute
- Charles RIVKIN, US Assistant Secretary of State
- German Vargas LLEGAS, Vice-President of Colombia
- Paulo PORTAS, Vice Prime Minister of Portugal
- Several of the main French ambassadors in the Americas (North & South)
- Leaders from Business France, BpiFrance, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Medef

Paul Bensabat, founder and organizer of the worldwide Symposium added: “this Symposium has become the largest gathering of French CEOs abroad, and over the years, the uncircumventable event for International French trade”.

Summary information:
May 7 & 8, 2015
Conference center of Eden Roc Hotel
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140

For more information and to download the program:


About the CNCCEF:

The Foreign Trade Advisors of France (CCEs) form an active network of over 4000 men and women, CEOs of large companies as well as entrepreneurs, at the service of French companies around the world. Selected for their competence and their international experience, they are appointed for three years through a prime ministerial decree on the recommendations of the Minister of Foreign Trade. They have four main missions:

- Provide information, analyses and recommendations to public authorities
- Share their expertise with companies, in particular with SMEs, whom they sponsor and support on a voluntary basis in their international development
- Assist educational establishments in raising young people’s awareness of international careers
- Help to enhance the image of France abroad

To find about the latest CCE news, visit:

Press contacts: In France
Tel : + 33 (0) 1 53 83 92 90

In the United States :
North American Committee
Foreign Trade Advisors of France
Cell : 917-544-3444

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