May 7th and 8th, 2015
Miami, FL

Dear FACC Members,

As you may be aware, The Foreign Trade Advisors of France (Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de la France - "CCE") are holding their 2nd Worldwide Symposium in Miami on May 7th and 8th in the presence of Mr. Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Development, and numerous other prominent business and political personalities.

The FACC has always been a close partner of the CCE, and is one of the key "partners" in this operation. We are therefore delighted to announce that we have agreed with Symposium organizers that all members of the FACC chapters will benefit from the same reduced registration fees as the CCE (see registration details below).

A few key facts:

1- It will be the largest gathering of French executives in the world, outside of France, expecting several hundred CEOs, representing 50 different countries.

2- 100 Small and Medium size companies (PME) have been selected in France to attend the Symposium and be coached and mentored in their attempt to penetrate the US market.

3- The main theme of the Symposium is: "VISION 2025: Implications for our global community, The stakes and challenges of international business". The main panels will include:

  • Trends 2025: tech. revolution trends, the new demography: Generation Z etc.
  • Big Data: its influence on our way of doing business, data protection 
  • Internet of things : smart cities, machines, robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Triple Bottom Line : People, Planet, Profit and its challenges
  • Attractiveness of France : how to better sell it
  • Economic Diplomacy : How to use it as a great tool to help us grow
  • Asia : opportunities and challenges
  • Latin America : a market with huge potential
  • 4 SME panels on how to penetrate the US market 

4- Speakers and panelists: A great variety of top speakers and panelists will be present. In addition to many French CEOs such as Frederic Gagey (chairman & CEO of Air France), Serge Dumont (Vice Chairman of Omnicom), Claude Imauven (President ST-Gobain Construction) etc., there will also be many well-known names from the US such as General Petraeus (former CIA director and head of the KKR Global Institute), Fred Smith (founder and Chairman of Fedex), Pascal Lamy (former head of the World Trade organization), Hubert Joly (CEO of Best Buy), Adam Goldstein (President of Royal Caribbean cruises), Andrew Zimmerman (from Frog Design), etc. 

Several ministers from the US, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, Canada and France, as well as ambassadors of France in North and South America, will also be of attendance.

Jean-François Gendron  (president of CCI France), Dominique Brunin (délégué général CCI International / CCI France International), Muriel Penicaud (director general of Business France), and Alain Renck (BPI France) will also attend.

5- Registration: You can register as FACC members for this one of a kind event by going to the Symposium website


The special FACC rate of $600 (instead of $850) covers not only the Symposium but also two cocktail events, two breakfasts, one gala dinner, two lunches and the breaks. You can also reserve your hotel at the Symposium negotiated rates. The site is mostly in French, the Symposium will be mostly in English (with some presentations in French).

It is going to be a wonderful event; we do hope that FACC members will attend in large numbers.

 See you in Miami!

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