"Choose France" Summit 2021
Jean Haas, CEO Relais International Group, has been coordinating the organization and moderating the France Nigeria Business Council which took place at Versailles as a site event of “Choose France” Summit on June 28, 2021
The most prominent business leaders from France and Nigeria gathered to discuss the reinforcement of the Franco Nigeria bilateral economic relationship through the creation of new partnerships and crossed investments.
Dr Mike Adenuga chairman of Globacom and Conoil, Gilbert Chagoury cofounder of the Chagoury Group, Aliko Dangote Founder Chairman and CEO of Dangote Group, Tony Elumelu chairman and CEO of Heirs Holding, Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman and CEO of BUA Group, Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank flew in to France from Nigeria purposely for the event.
They were joined by first rank French Business leaders such as Patrick Pouyanné from Total Energies, Sébastien Bazin from Accor, Rodolphe Saade from CMA CGM, Jean Sentenac from Axens, or Martin Hirsch form the “Great Paris University Hospitals” among other top dignitaries.
The opening of the event was pronounced by Franck Riester, French Minister of foreign trade and concluded by President Macron who gave to the audience his vision about Nigeria’s future and his ambition to see French companies to take a larger part in to Nigeria’s development.
2 major contracts were signed at this occasion: the opening of financial branch of Access Bank in Paris, the license contract allowing BUA group to build its new refinery.
A new gathering of the Business Council will take place in Paris later in the year at the invitation of President Macron for the closing of Cultural Africa Season which will be dedicated to Nigerian Arts and culture.
Chairman Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu, will attend "Choose France Summit."
Mr Pascal Furth, economical advisor of the French Embassy in Abuja, and Jean Haas, Relais Nigeria, handed over to the chairman Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu, the invitation by President Emmanuel Macron to attend “Choose France Summit” due to take place in Versailles on June 28, 2021. Mr T. Elumelu confirmed his attendance. He will be joined by other Nigerian captains of industry at the event promoting the enhancement of Franco- Nigerian bilateral economic relationship.
Author: Admin Published: June 29, 2021, Time: 10:40 am
Nigerian Business Tycoons to visit Paris Shortly.
“Aliko Dangote, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe have accepted to join “Choose France Summit “ to take place Versailles in June 28th – Franck Riester, Minister of foreign trade ,during his visit to Lagos on April 14th handed over the formal invitations on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron.”
Author: Admin Published: 23 April 2021 Time: 11:49 am
Franck Riester visits Nigeria and gives a boost to the French Nigerian Business Initiative.
The French Minister of foreign trade undertook a visit in Nigeria on April 12 to 14th, 2021 to strengthen the economical ties between France and Nigeria and pave the way for “Choose France” Economical Summit to be taking place in Paris next June. A special session of the Summit will be dedicated to the “French Nigeria Business Dialogue” largely supported by President Macron. The most prominent business captains from Nigeria will head to Paris to meet with French potential partners. This new initiative already started bearing fruits with the implementation of the refinery project between BUA Nigeria and Axens France. Without a doubt many more projects will follow. We are very happy to coordinate the Initiative.
Author: Admin, Published 23 April 2021, Time: 2:40 pm
The French Government has granted on March 3rd 2021, its Agrement for His Excellency Mr. Kayode I. Laro to become the new Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria to France.
Relais Nigeria had the privilege and honor to host in its Relais Café Mr Kayode I. Laro, the newly appointed Nigeria Ambassador to Paris, Mr Kayode I. Laro is a retired career diplomat.
Ambassador Kayode Laro was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria on November 30, 1959. He had his primary education in London, England from 1965 – 1968 and Adeola Model School, Offa, Kwara State from 1968 – 1970. He went to Offa Grammar School from 1971 – 1975. In 1976 he gained admission to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He then studied geography in ABU from 1977 – 1980, graduating with a B.A. Hons. He did his national youth service in Anambra State from 1980 – 1981 at Girls Secondary School, Uli, Ihiala LGA. Ambassador Laro’s first job post-NYSC was as an education officer in the Kwara State Civil Service from 1981 – 1982. Ambassador Laro then worked at the Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara Polytechnic) from January – April 1983. He joined the Federal Civil Service in December 1983 as an External Affairs Officer in the Ministry of External Affairs (now known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Ambassador Laro spent 35 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during which he served in various capacities at home and abroad. Among these are his deployments in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, West African Affairs Division, First United Nations Division, and Bilateral Economic Cooperation Division. His foreign postings include the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, Nigeria High Commission in Nairobi and Embassy of Nigeria in Harare.
Author: Admin, Published: March 3rd, 2021 5:55 pm
BUA group, French firm in 200,000bpd refinery deal
BUA group has definitely Launched its 200,000b/d capacity integrated refining and petrochemical plant in akwa ibom State, in Nigeria. Products to include Euro 5-quality gasoline, diesel, jet fuels and polypropylene for the country’s domestic and regional markets.
The global kick-off meeting was held on January 13th, 2021 between the participants.
OLAX Engineering Consulting, for the project Management Control (PMC)
KBR, UK for the front-end Engineering Design (FEED)
AXENS, France as licensor for the process technologies with Relais Consulting as AXENS local coordinator
Lummus-Novolen Technology, Germany as licensor for the polypropylene process.
Author: Admin, Published: January 23, 2021 9:55 am
SEASON AFRICA 2020
Relais International and Mr. Jean Haas support the launching of the SEASON AFRICA 2020 for which the main event was unfortunately postpone because of the current sanitary situation. We thank Gilbert and Rosemary Chagoury Foundation which contribution was essential and without which the event could not have taken place.
Author: Admin, Published: December 28, 2020 9:55 pm
Relais Business Center Welcomes GIZ
The Head Office of the Nigeria Branch of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internatinale Zusammenarbeit), the German Agency for International Cooperation, is moving to Relais International Business Center in Abuja. The center already hosts AFD (Agence Francaise de Development), JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), ISDB (Islamic Development Bank)
Author: Admin Published: October 8, 2020 4:55 pm
Relais Consulting SA organizes BUA group visit to Paris.
Relais Consulting Societe Anonyme organized the visit of Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman BUA Group, to Paris in July 2020. During 3 days, meetings were held with the French Authorities and private French Companies in order to enhance the relationship between the Nigerian industrial Conglomerate and French Groups and to define areas of possible cooperation. The target of BUA Group is to increase, in partnership with foreign companies, local industrial production, added value and local employment in Nigeria using resources locally available.
Author: Admin Published: July 28, 2020 4:05 pm
Relais Consulting Leads Nigeria business delegation at “Choose France” Summit which took place in Versailles in January 2020.
“Choose France” summit is a unique opportunity for world business leaders to meet with French Government members and French Captains of Industry and discuss areas of corporation and partnership.
Author: Admin Published: January 20, 2020 12:54 pm
Pascal Confavreux, special adviser to president Macron in bilateral economic affairs at Eko Atlantic site Lagos State, on 12th December 2019.
Eko Atlantic City, a 10 million square-metre city being built on the Atlantic Ocean along Ahmadu Bello Way in Victoria Island (VI) of Lagos State, is indeed a beautiful place. The city which is twice the size of VI has different types of property, especially high rise structures, springing up on the massive land.
Author: Admin Published: December 16, 2019 5:32 pm
France Honour Bella Disu with Prestigious National Honour.
An event planned and coordinated by RELAIS INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA LIMITED
France has honoured the Executive Vice Chairman of Globacom, Mrs. Bella Disu, with the prestigious national honour of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.”
The award, which is in recognition of Mrs. Disu’s remarkable support for arts and culture, especially her coordination of the construction of the iconic Alliance Francaise Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, was presented to her at a formal ceremony held at the centre and presided over by the French State Secretary for Education and Youth, Ministry, Gabriel Attal.
The French minister, who is the youngest minister in France, said he was delighted to present the honour to Mrs. Disu as the youngest recipient of the French national honour.
The minister said the unique national honour is reserved for icons who have supported the sustenance and growth of French culture.
He described the Mike Adenuga Centre as magnificent and the most beautiful of all Alliance Francaise centres in the world. He also described the equipment, sound, lighting and technology at the centre as first class, adding that the project is a cultural revolution.
Facing the Chairman of Mike Adenuga Group, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. who witnessed the ceremony along with the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other eminent dignitaries, the French minister said, “Who could have imagined that it was possible to build such a cultural centre in just a few months? From the very first minute, dear Chairman, you wished that your daughter would lead the project that would facilitate cultural collaborations between French speaking countries and Nigeria.
In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Disu expressed gratitude to President Emmanuel Macron of France for the honour. “I am thankful for the firm belief that it could be done. Just look at where we are now. The centre has become such a reference point, a cultural hub, promoting French language and culture, showcasing Nigerian talent. We did it and I am proud of the entire project team. I applaud your expertise and tireless commitment”, she said.
A business leader who currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman of Globacom, CEO of Cobblestone Properties and Estates, Director at Abumet PLC and non-executive director with Julius Berger, Mrs Disu is a multi instrumentalist, humanist, patriot and philanthropist. She started playing the Piano at the age of 4 and Saxophone at the age of 18.
Relais International Office Complex 3 Now Open
Relais Intl. office complex two is a 5 stories building (700sqr meter per floor) situated at the city centre of Abuja, It was completed on 23rd September 2019, and had the first tenants including Expertise France, a full subsidiary of the French Development Bank to move in January 2020.
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