A delegation from Qadran, led by H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to France, and composed of French and Qatari business leaders, went to Marseille on Thursday, September 26, to meet with key stakeholders in the city and region. A delegation, who came specially for the occasion, also travelled from Doha, with senior representatives from Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Businessmen Association and Qatar Business Incubation Center.
This is Qadran's second regional economic mission since the creation of the circle, and this time it was on the theme of "smart city".
The day began with a welcoming address by Marc Pietri, President of the Constructa group, when the delegation arrived at the foot of the La Marseillaise tower, a project that had mobilized several of our members, including Constructa and Vinci Constructions. After admiring the exceptional panoramic view of Marseille from the 31st floor of the tower, the delegation continued its visit with a presentation of the Euroméditerranée programme and its vision for the sustainable city of tomorrow, led by Hugues Parant, CEO of Euroméditerranée.
A business lunch, in the presence of local business leaders oriented towards exports, closed the morning. In a friendly environment, participants were able to enjoy a real moment of exchange and conviviality and to understand the challenges and business opportunities of the region.
"This delegation aims to strengthen the dialogue between the Qatari and French business communities in France, highlighting in particular the importance of SMEs and ETIs, which are at the heart of the local economy and which should play an increasingly strong role in the bilateral economic relationship," said Alexandre Zibaut, Chairman of Qadran and Managing Director France of Qatar National Bank
The day continued with a visit to thecamp, a symbol of the dynamism of the start-ups ecosystem at work in the metropolis of Aix-Marseille. After a visit to the various programmes, and in particular The Hive, several startups of the Village by Crédit Agricole programme pitched in front of the members of the delegation. Following these presentations, a networking moment was held on campus in the presence of Olivier Mathiot, President of thecamp and Pascal Lorne, President of the French tech of Aix-Marseille.
This mission, which enabled the members of Qadran to meet all these different actors, augurs well for the strengthening of the bilateral economic relationship between Marseille and Doha.
Link to the article following the interview with Alexandre Zibaut, Chairman of Qadran and Managing Director France of Qatar National Bank, granted to La Provence: