CCIFB at a glance

France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) was formed in 1996. It was first gathered in Dhaka. Today it has more than 170 companies. CCIFB provides services to French and Bangladeshi companies. From 2013, the CCIFB is also the privileged representative of Business France, the French agency for export, based in French Embassy in India.

CCIFB is also a member of CCI International, the apex body of Franco foreign Chambers of Commerce.

CCIFB is a member of FBCCI, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries.

CCIFB is a member if EU Business Council. CCIFB is a part of Joint Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh.

Our members:

Our members comprise of French companies operating in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi companies representing French companies as agents, distributors and sectors.

They are from various sectors such as textile / Garments, pharmaceutical, food, electrical goods, Energy, aeronautics, automobile, IT and many more.

Our Aim:

Our main aim is to enhance trade relation between the two countries: France and Bangladesh.

We facilitate and support companies to develop trade and investment and provide access to prospective partners and information to achieve their goal.

MESSAGE FROM H.E. MRS SOPHIE AUBERT

To the French and Bangladeshi business communities…

In 2016, the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 20th anniversary. During all these years, CCIFB has accompanied and supported the development of the French economic presence in Bangladesh.

France and Bangladesh have a friendly relationship and our business relation has been strengthening over the years, accounting for more than 2 billion € last year. Of course we can perform much better, and we must also work towards a better balance in our trade relations. The trade deficit is largely in favor of Bangladesh because of the structure of our bilateral trade.But I am confident that imports and exports between France and Bangladesh will diversify in the coming years, as becoming a developing country means for the population better wages and thus access to a larger variety of products and items; it also means new opportunities to support this development for both local and foreign companies.

French companies have their technology and experience as an asset and a very important added-value, in order to catch these opportunities.

CCIFB with its more than 170 members has a very well connected network of institutional and business communities. The Chamber works closely with the Embassy of France and its economic service; our common goal is to develop our business with Bangladesh. This is not only an economic priority: a strong and confident Bangladesh fully integrated in the global world is a guarantee of stability for the sub-region and therefore also for the rest of the world.

Doing business with Bangladesh is our common interest.

HE Sophie Aubert
Ambassador of France to Bangladesh



MESSAGE FROM Mr PETIT

Introduction for the 2016-18 directory of CCIFB

Few weeks after my arrival in Dhaka, it is a privilege to introduce the website of the CCIFB which has been contributing, over the years, to the strengthening of our bilateral relationship in the economic field, and beyond. This Chamber acts for a better understanding between our two business communities and provide opportunities for members to meet for business and social networking. With the signing of an agreement with Business France, the CCIFB will now be able to promote, at a larger scale, the development of French Trade, commerce and investment in Bangladesh.

Together with Business France, the French Development Agency and Proparco, we will continue to work as a team. Complementary and coherent actions among ourselves is our mutual interest and a key to our success. Along with the active participation of all aforementioned partners, the Economic Service will play a central role in order to elaborate a common action plan on annual basis. It is my duty to ensure constructive collaboration among the different stakeholders.

Contributing to the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, at a bilateral or multilateral level, will continue to be at the heart of my mission. On the topic of Intellectual Property Rights, the objective will be to establish a long lasting partnership with the French Institute of Intellectual Property(INPI), geographical indications being one of the main issue.

Numerous are the infrastructure projects in Bangladesh! Since they are mostly public, it is important to be on the side of our companies and their local agents/representatives, big groups and SME alike, to promote their know-how and experiences at the highest level. With the strong back up of our Ambassador, the Economic Service will always be available to defend your interests.

Attracting Bangladeshi investors in France will be another objectives. Some of the local groups have reached the critical size to enter the European market by setting up a plant or through a merger with one of their suppliers.

I am looking forward to establishing a long lasting relationship with each of you and to contribute to the promotion of our mutual interests. I trust I can count on the strong support of your President and his team to go a step forward.

François PETIT
Head of the Economic Service
Economic Counsellor of the DG Trésor
French Embassy in Bangladesh



MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT

M. MAKSUD

President

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the France BangladeshChamber ofCommerce and Industry Website. Our website moves forward our effort to offer the best services.

The Website has hi-tech features and it offers more value – added services, but most importantly, it allows for much faster browsing. That means all your solutions are available at your finger trips, instantly. The whole approach of the website is to assist you in doing business in Bangladesh.

France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) is privilege partner of Business France is to represent, serve and connect our more than 170 members to build and sustain thriving business between France and Bangladesh.

Advocacy is one role CCIFB plays. We work hard to understand the issues affecting your business, and we lobby on your behalf to all levels of government.

Lastly but perhaps most importantly, our networking events allow you to connect with business leaders and government policy makers. Our monthly luncheons allow you to make a deeper connection with chamber members and learn from first-rate speakers. In addition to our monthly networking events, we hold an annual French Gala Evening and Trade Show. Your Membership with CCIFB gives you many different ways to promote yourself and make critical connections to further grow and develop your business.

I am pleased and honoured to be your President at this exciting time of growth for France Bangladesh business development. This year CCIFB is celebrating its 20th founding anniversary.

Feedback is important to us and will help our growth, so give us your feedback. If we are doing things that work for you, let us know. If there are things the we could improve, let us know.

I look forward to seeing you at the next chamber event!

Warmest Regards,

M. MAKSUD
President