FNCCI gets new president, pledges improved business relations
The rotating tenure system of the leadership of the Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), has necessitated the appointment of Usman Mohammed as the new President.
The appointment, which was disclosed at the Chamber’s 35th yearly general meeting, held virtually, is targeted at improving the relationship between France and Nigeria.
The outgoing President, Eric Jeanneau, in his remarks welcomed the president-elect and explained that the Chamber has recorded 20 per cent growth in its membership, while the networking platforms have become very engaging.
These successes, according to him, have given room for the creation of a new membership category, ‘Start-up Category’ which was created based on the need to float a foundation to support start-ups in the area of financing, technical support, and a hub for operations.
Jeanneau also said that the FNCCI’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as most key government organizations and state institutions have reached out for partnership, collaboration and input in key policies.
Given its fundamental role in the business relationship between France and Nigeria, which has continued to grow over the years, especially in 2019, this has positioned the Chamber as the first economic and business partner of France in sub-Saharan Africa.
FNCCI boasts as the second destination for French investment in Africa, and ninth largest trade partner of France globally, with increased level of foreign direct investment from France.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of New Energy Services Company (NESSCO), Usman Mohammed, with international experience in oil services, accepted the mantle of office and pledged to drive the objective of the Chamber in promoting Franco-Nigeria business relationship.
Three new board members were enlisted, including Marc Geniteau from Total E&P Nigeria Limited as the Vice President; Paul Jackson London from SPIE; and Ababacar Samb from Schneider Electric Nigeria, as members.
Other members of the FNCCI Board are Bashirat Odunewu as Treasurer; Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, Secretary General.
Also included are Laurent Couderc of Ponticelli Nigeria Limited; Mrs Victoria O. Adefala of Whitgift Law; Fatai Bola Azeez, Mrs. Ize Matebese, Thomas Pelletier, Paul Jackson London, Kunle Ahmed, Mrs Carole Boissier, Michel Colleau, Ababacar Samb, Jean-Baptiste Rambaud, and Jan Gwenole of the French Embassy.
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