French Trade Delegation in Taunggyi
On the 26h and 27th of November, H.E. Mr. Christian Lechervy, Ambassador of France to Myanmar, led a delegation of 16 French companies to Taunggyi to promote trade and commercial relations between France and the Shan State with representatives from the France-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce as well as from the French Development Agency. During these two days, the Delegation was able to extensively exchange with the Shan State Chief Minister and his government, the local Office of DICA, the Chairman of KBZ Groups and his team as well as the Southern Shan Shan Chamber of Commerce.
According to the French Ambassador, “with twice more members in this Trade Delegation than last year, the interest of French companies for business opportunities in the Shan State is clearly growing.”.
During this mission, the energy sector has clearly been identified as a top priority for promising future bilateral cooperation. French state-owned power giant EDF is indeed developing in Northern Shan State in partnership with Japan’s Marubeni and Myanmar’s Ayeyar Hinthar the large hydropower project Shweli 3, (the consortium has been granted a Notice to Proceed by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy on September 5th 2018). Apart from EDF, French companies Schneider Electric, Hydroquest, Voltalia and Total are also interested in developing power projects in the Shan State.
Hospitality is crucial of course to the development of the Shan State and AccorHotels, with already two hotels on the shore of Inle Lake, is promoting the sustainable development of tourism in the region. In the health care sector, Bioderma presented during this mission its skin care solutions as well as its humanitarian CSR activities in the Shan State. The local authorities also expressed their interest for the construction companies Archetype, Byma, Freyssinet and Razel-Bec. The expertise of the consulting and engineering firms Artelia, Bérim, Tractebel in energy, urban services and infrastructure was presented to Myanmar authorities. Finally, ATR and Thales explained to Shan authorities and businessmen their expertise in aerospace and securities services.
For Sarah Lubeigt, Chairwoman of the France Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, “French companies are committed to support Myanmar’s economic development in a socially-inclusive and environmentally-friendly way. In this context, it was important for them to meet Shan local authorities and businessmen to better understand their needs and to see how French companies can best address them.”
On Friday 23rd, the Ambassador also visited the plantations and met with members of the Green Gold coffee cooperative with Jean-Pierre Blanc, CEO of French coffee roaster Malongo. They discussed with the producers about their partnership with Malongo, thanks to which the cooperative exported in October its first container to Europe. UNODC supports through this project the reconversion of farmers from poppy production to coffee production.
Following this mission, H.E. Mr. Christian Lechervy will visit with an EDF expert team the site of the future Shweli 3 hydropower dam from November 28th to November 30th.