Russia: February 25-26, 2013. CIFAL annual commercial seminar in Moscow.

The annual seminar that brings together the company’s main commercial managers was held in the CIFAL offices at 15, Petrovka street. The seminar dealt with the expansion strategy for the CIFAL line of services in the countries where it is based. The 2013 sales targets were set. The seminar was also intended to integrate the commercial managers that recently joined CIFAL especially in Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

CIFAL seminar participants on the steps of the Bolshoi

Turkmenistan : Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov receives President of CIFAL.


President Berdymuhamedov received  the CEO of the French company CIFAL, a long standing partner of Turkmenistan, Gilles Remy.

The sides discussed prospects for further cooperation in energy, infrastructure, construction and civil aviation. The French businessman mentioned that CIFAL would like to participate actively in the implementation of new major projects initiated by the president of Turkmenistan.

G. Berdymuhamedov expressed the readiness of Turkmenistan for mutually beneficial cooperation, especially with its long standing and reliable partner.

The State information Agency of Turkmenistan – TDH.

France : Gilles Remy on France Info radio: The French system for supporting exports strongly criticized by enterprises.

FEBRUARY 6, 2013

Mid-size, small and very small businesses: not sufficiently aided in international business development.

The day before the publication of the foreign trade figures, OSCI (French federation of international trade agencies) criticizes the French system for international business development. This organization, which is an umbrella body for private companies specialized in promoting international business, blames the lack of clarity of the public system, represented by Ubifrance, Oséo and Coface, among others. According to an OSCI survey, 60% of business leaders questioned consider that the system is inefficient. Gilles Remy, its Chairman, explains.

OSCI also calls for the creation of an export bonus or credit for enterprises that have the capacity to develop their international business.

France – Turkmenistan : Press Release regarding the creation of the France – Tukrmenistan Chamber of Commerce.

Paris, 26 November 2012

 Gilles REMY elected President of the France-Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce

The Steering Committee of the France – Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and the ambassador of France in Turkmenistan

Gilles Remy, CEO of CIFAL, the first French company to set up operations 20 years ago in Turkmenistan, convened a dozen large companies already operating in the country to create the France-Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce. He was elected President of the Chamber at the Constituent General Meeting that was held on November 26 in Paris. The Steering Committee will include three companies that were granted vice-presidency status (Thales, Total, Bouygues) and five other members (EADS, Saipem, Dresser, Vinci, Suez).

French companies were among the first Western enterprises to open offices in Turkmenistan, as early as 1993. The French presence and its market shares hold a solid position. However, French know-how is not always adequately promoted.

The Chamber aims to act as spokesperson for the common interests of its member companies and to expand the French presence by promoting greater knowledge of Turkmenistan and of its potential in the business and political spheres.

The Chamber was launched on the same day that the 2nd Session of the Joint Franco-Turkmen Committee was held in Paris. This Committee was chaired by its co-presidents, Nicole Bricq, French Minister of Foreign Trade, and Akmurad Yegeleyev, Turkmen Vice Prime Minister.

The Chamber’s initiative enjoys the support of the governments of both countries. This private and independent organization will gradually expand to offer support to all French companies currently operating or planning to operate in Turkmenistan.

Russia: CIS RUS receives ISO 9001 Certification.

CIS RUS (CIFAL Industrial Services in Russia) has received ISO 9001 certification.

ISO 9001 certification provides CIS RUS customers with an additional guarantee of quality on its entire line of technical and industrial services (translation, interpretation, logistics, etc.).

Turkmenistan: CIFAL at the 17th Turkmenistan International Oil & Gas Conference (November14–16, 2012).

The three-day exhibition and international conference brought together more than 100 companies from 20 different countries along with several international organizations.

At the official opening, Gautier Mangenot, head of CIFAL Turkmenistan, welcomed an official delegation at the booth led by Turkmenistan’s deputy prime minister of oil and gas and the deputy prime minister in charge of Turkmenistan’s Agency for the Management of Hydrocarbon Resources. It was an opportunity to tell the deputy prime ministers about the latest developments in CIFAL’s projects in Turkmenistan. In particular, the issue of a biaxially oriented polypropylene plant (BOPP) at the Turkmenbachy refinery (TKNPZ) was discussed. CIFAL facilitated the solution to resume this operation with Pt. Istana Karang Laut company (Indonesia).

During these three days, a number of discussions were held with representatives of Turkmen ministries and companies (the Turkmenbashi TKNPZ refinery, Turkmengas, Turkmenneft) and Western companies that included RWE Dea, Total, CGG, Saipem SA, MMHE and Rolls-Royce.

Visitors had the opportunity to learn about the line of industrial services specially developed by CIFAL in Turkmenistan and more particularly its role in supplying standardized and custom-made industrial equipment to the country’s oil and gas industries.

Russia: CIFAL participates in the Presentation of the First V.I.E. Award.

On November 12, Jean-Claude Abeillon awarded the V.I.E. (Volunteer for International Experience) Integration Prize to Jakobine Janucek. This international volunteer was recognized for her ability to adapt to both the national and corporate cultures. The ceremony was held at the residence of the French Embassy in Moscow. In attendance were Mr. Jean de Gliniasty, French ambassador to the Russian Federation; Ms. Elisabeth Puissant, head of Ubifrance for Russia; Mr. Daniel Maître, head of the Regional Economic Service for the CIS and Georgia; and company executives who employ international volunteers.

France-Kazakhstan: French companies within the starting blocks.

Numerous companies got together at Medef (France) on October 25 as the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Kairat Kelimbetov, came to  attend the closed-door France-Kazakhstan Business Council. This two-hour meeting was seemingly the opportunity to exchange, among other things, on two important topics: the implementation of legislation governing public-private partnerships and the issue of economic integration (Customs Union with Russia and Belarus, as well as the Kazakhstan’s application to the WTO). The issue of PPPs is all the more topical as Kazakhstan sure hopes to win Expo 2017 (it is competing with the city of Liège) and intends to make the most of this opportunity  to attract companies ready to invest in the development of infrastructure built for the occasion. On the French side the fortunate participants are: consulting and/or engineering companies Ad’missions, CIFAL, DV Board, Horsain, Swing Consulting, Tractebel Engineering ; building and civil engineering companies Bouygues, Vinci, Vicat ; energy companies Areva, EDF, GDF Suez, Total ; aeronautics players EADS, Eurocopter, Safran, Thales ; telecommunications players Eutelstat and Orange; logistics and transportation companies BBL Transport and Gefco ; banks BNP Paribas, Natixis, Rothschild ; food processing company Lactalis and pharmaceutical company Sanofi ; and finally catering company International Catering Services.

October 12, 2012. Arsen Pogosov (CIFAL Kazakhstan) Presentation during the information day ‘Kazakhstan’ of Ubifrance, the French Agency for International Business Development.

Based on 20 years of experience in the accompaniment of companies by CIFAL at Kazakhstan, Arsen Pogosov presented the benefits of offering CIFAL services in this country. In addition to its commercial support services, CIFAL develops a wide range of technical services including a local content part for its partners and Western industrial customers. Arsen Pogosov also presented the investment fund project initiated by CIFAL to promote the development of French medium-sized enterprises on the Kazakhstan market.

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