Minnesota International Center - A World Affairs Council


2011 Business Symposium:  
Doing Business with France

Minnesota International Center
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Join the Minnesota International Center's train à grande vitesse (TGV) to explore doing business with France, in France and with the French!

With more than one billion dollars in commercial transactions taking place between France and the U.S. everyday and, with a GDP of nearly $2.9 trillion, France is truly an important economic and trade powerhouse.  You won’t want to miss the political and business insights of leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.  

Welcome: Governor Mark Dayton
Keynote: His Excellency François Delattre, French Ambassador to the U.S.

The Experts:
Elsa Berry, President, French American Chamber of Commerce New York
Jean François Boittin, Minister Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs French Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Pierre Antoine Gailly, UCIFFE/Paris Chamber of Commerce
Hubert Joly
, President and CEO, Carlson
Ken Powell, CEO, General Mills
Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State

The Moderators:
Jerome Chateau, President, French American Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
Tom Hanson, former Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Kathleen Smith
Ruhland, Partner, Co-Chair International, Faegre & Benson LLP

Take this Journey because France ...
Is the world's 5th largest economy and top tourist destination;
Has substantial agricultural resources, a large industrial base and a highly-skilled workforce;
Is the United States/ 8th largest trading partner;
Ranks 17th out of Minnesota's 205 ranked trading partners - a relationship worth $328 million to Minnesota businesses in 2010.

Timetable and All the Stops along the Route

All aboard for everything you need to know about the ins and outs of doing business with France!

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Radisson Plaza, 35 South Seventh Street, Downtown Minneapolis
Fare:  $150 for MIC members and cosponsoring organizations;
            $185 for nonmembers
            Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 612.625.1467 for details

Cosponsor: French American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Media Sponsor: Twin Cities Business Magazine

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