It is a privilege to welcome you on the website of the Franco-Saudi Business Council.
While I have only recently taken up my duties as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the French Republic, I am pleased to be able to highlight here the irreplaceable role played by the Franco-Saudi Arabian Business Council In the development of business flow and economic dialogue between our two countries.
Everyone is aware of the Strategic Dimension of the relationship between Paris and Riyadh. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia prides itself on considering France among its most reliable and loyal allies.
On the political level, the dialogue between the highest authorities of our two countries is ongoing and allows a particularly useful and fruitful exchange of analysis and decision-making in what is known to be a disturbed regional context.
On the security front, France and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have developed a solid and balanced partnership for several years.
Finally, at the economic and commercial level, our relationship is now at an unsurpassed level and quality. Today, France is present in Saudi Arabia in the most important sectors of the Kingdom, whether that of major infrastructure, of energy , or, that of which is so vital to the Kingdom, water.
For its part, the Kingdom continues to invest heavily in innovative projects that France is developing and looks to further expand its presence in the service of French growth.
It is in this particularly favorable context that the Franco-Saudi Business Council plays its role as a facilitator, a “think tank” and a prime contractor for concrete investment projects. The success of the last Franco-Saudi Business Forum in Riyadh in October, in the presence of the French Prime Minister, Mr. Manuel Walls, under his patronage, stands as an emblematic example. By bringing together nearly 1,000 businessmen in the Saudi capital city, the CAFS has demonstrated, if need so still existed, its capacity to structure and revitalize the economic and commercial relationship between our two countries.
May this website, whose professionalism I wish to salute here, help it even more in its mission.
For my part, as I begin my mission as Ambassador in Paris, I will not spare my support for its action so useful for our two countries.