May 25th – 28th, 2015 | CAFS meeting delegation visit to Rouen and Chantilly

Monday, May 25th, 2015

  • 5th meeting of the members of the Saudi-French Business Council


1- Review of visit program, particularly on the subject of 2nd Riyadh Forum

2 – Preparation of CAFS meeting with the French delegation during the visit

3 – Focus on progress of the CAFS website creation as well as choices for the new CAFS logo after modifications have been done

4 – Discussion about the way of presenting to the directors of French companies the difficulties in exporting Saudi dates to France

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

  • Meeting of CAFS members with the French companies at MEDEF
  • Opening address by Mohamed BEN LADEN, CAFS director, and Mr. Jean-Louis CHAUSSADE, CEO of Suez Environnement & director of Saudi-French Business Council
  • Attendance of M. Bertrand Besancenot, French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Dr. Ali Al-Qarni, Chargé d’Affaires for the Royal embassy of Saudi Arabia in Paris
  • Exchanges between French and Saudi businessmen

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

  • Meeting at the French Ministry of Agriculture as organized by the MEDEF, with the French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll
  • Visit to the Château de Chantilly and the Living Museum of the Horse
  • Meeting with French companies based in the Picardie region

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

  • Trip to Normandy (Rouen-Caen) and a meeting with the president of the region
  • Return trip to Paris

Read the CAFS president’s speech in Rouen

Read the CAFS president’s speech in Chantilly

“Thank you for that very interesting and persuasive speech. We look forward to hearing from you at the end of the year in Saudi Arabia at our forum on energy efficiency. Best wishes.”

Bertrand Besancenot,
French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

“Thank you very much for this visit.
Schneider is a model company in Saudi Arabia. 3 factories, 1,500 employees, the highest rate of Saudization among all of the businesses in its sector. Today was a demonstration of energy efficiency know-how, which Saudi Arabia greatly needs.”

Mohamed Ben Laden
President of the Saudi-French Business Council

Find the presentations here

Industrial investment in Saudi Arabia
Presentation by Mr. Mashhor Ali Alali, Saudi commercial attaché to Geneva

The dates of Saudi Arabia
By Prof. Abdulrahman Al Janobi, CEO of NAKHL