Chicago (IL), le 27 juin 2011. Discours prononcé par le Consul général de France à la conférence ITER.
Chicago (IL), June 27, 2011. Speech given by the Consul General at the ITER Conference.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the conference on the ITER project current status and future prospects.
This event is co-organized by ITER Organization, US ITER and TheWelcome Office for ITER Companies in France, the Invest in France Agency and the Regional Development Agencies of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. I would like to thank Dr Hassanein and Charles Neumeyer, Co-chairs of the ICOPS and SOFE conference for their friendly support.
It is a privilege to welcome distinguished speakers of the ITER project such as Remmelt Haange, Deputy Director General and Head of ITER Project Department at ITER Organization and Brad Nelson, US ITER Project Engineering Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Hervé Graulier, Director of The Welcome Office for ITER Companies in France will present the services the Welcome office will provide to companies working with ITER in France.
As Consul General in Chicago and in front of this distinguished audience, I would like to say a few words about France, the host country for the ITER site in St-Paul-les-Durance, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southern France, already home to CEA France’s nuclear research center.
France is the 5th largest economy in the world and second largest in Europe. It is an open economy offering many opportunities for business, where 20 000 foreign companies operate. In 2010, France was the leading destination for Foreign Direct investment in Europe ahead of Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany and also the leading European country for the number of jobs created by foreign corporations in R&D activities.
Beyond its unique position as a gateway to the EU, the world’s single largest market, France combines the most attractive research tax credit in Europe and a favourable environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. For example, France is home to some of the best mathematics and engineering schools in the world.
The US is France’s largest trading partner outside of the EU, the first destination of French investments and the first foreign investor in France with investments up 31% in 2010 compared to 2009.
Last year 650, 000 companies were created in my country, a European record which shows the vitality of France’s business environment and reminds us that Entrepreneur is a French word.
The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception offered by the Regional Development Agencies of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur where Silvia Ferrari, Eric Semerdjian, Camille Jankowski and Veronique Ledru from the Invest in France Agency will be happy to answer any question regarding your business with ITER in France.
I would like now to give the floor to our speakers, starting with Remmelt Haange, Deputy Director General and Head of ITER Project Department at ITER Organization.