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Connect, facilitate, deliver

Welcome to the French Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Bahrain

FOREWORD BY OUR PRESIDENT “I am proud, as the President of this young French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain (FCCIB) and on behalf of its board, to see the progress it has achieved over the past 18 months towards reaching the main objective set at its inception: promoting business and economic exchanges between our two countries France and the Kingdom of Bahrain. On the ground, FCCIB has established itself as the gateway for French firms wishing to discover and explore opportunities in the Bahrain market, to understand it better and to access the right contacts at the right level. For Bahraini corporates interested by doing business with France, FCCIB represents often the first point of contact and the access gate to a vast network of potential partners as well as a precious source of information. By becoming the 115th member of the network of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry abroad, one of the densest in the world, FCCIB has gained an unparalleled access to over 33,000 corporates in France. The new board which was elected in May 2017 is committed to take the FCCIB to the next level and in particular to launch focused new initiatives aiming at adding more value to our members. I think in particular at the implementation of sectorial committees, at the organization of high level events introducing personalities of Bahrain or France and promoting the opportunities offered by both countries. The services rendered to our members or to other companies remain of course a key pillar of our action and it is a real satisfaction for all of us when the FCCIB contributes to create new business between our two countries or supports the establishment of a French company in the Kingdom of Bahrain. We do feel part of their success and have a strong sense of accomplishment for our vision. Meanwhile, I would like to thank all our members for their support with a special mention for the founding members who have shown unwavering commitment since the beginning, for the Honorary members who have partnered with us in different occasions and for the local and the French authorities starting with the French Embassy, which have shown their commitment to promote and facilitate our action. Finally, a word of strong appreciation to our small but energetic and competent management team, which has carried this project with pride and success and to our board members who have taken the time from their busy schedules to guide the development of the FCCIB. I am looking to see you all again on the occasion of our forthcoming events and of course at the annual Gala dinner.�

Jean-Christophe Durand President


The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain, FCCIB, has achieved a successful first full year of activity, already delivering on its role as a key liaison between the French and Bahraini business communities. It is exciting to see that since the launching in 2016, we reached 73 corporate members with 161 representatives, we organized more than 17 events attended by almost 1,200 guests, and that we successfully delivered 8 business services to French and Bahraini companies. With my dynamic Team and under the guidance of our proactive Board of Directors, we will strive to provide relevant services for all our members and customers. French and Bahraini companies are increasingly interested in developing business between both countries and we will be delighted to help and assist them in every step of their projects, from market studies, tailor made list of contacts, prospection missions, to all-inclusive setup of companies, and visa assistance. FCCIB will continue to maintain an active and diversified calendar of activities. There are numerous more events ahead to promote our members’ business interests in Bahrain, in the Region and in France and we highly encourage everyone to get involved. Networking events, conferences, forums, gala dinners, road shows and many other gatherings will be organized by FCCIB to help all our members and guests to enrich and develop their network and business. Various communication high standards tools are now available for us to maintain a continuous relation with our members and for our members to increase their visibility with minimum expenses. FCCIB website, newsletter, Press Review, LinkedIn and Facebook pages and a worldwide directory visited by more than 33,000 members, all at your disposal to communicate on your company, products and services. Promoting good business relations between France and Bahrain is and will remain the centerpiece of the mission of FCCIB, and we will continue to fulfil it. All this could not be reached without the help and support of FCCIB’s Founding Members, Members, Sponsors and Partners. And on behalf of my Team, I warmly thank them for their active involvement and fantastic support!

Rim JALALI Executive Director


The Board Members

Jean-Christophe Durand President CEO - National Bank of Bahrain

Abdul Wahab Y. Al Hawaj Director General Manager - Yousuf A. Wahab Al Hawaj & Sons Co. WLL

Waleed Kanoo Vice President Chairman - Motor City Holding Co. B.S.C. ©

Vincent Pluchet Treasurer CFO MEA - AXA Insurance (Gulf) B.S.C. ©

Waleed Al Rayes General Secretary Managing Director Sharif Group Co.

Abdulla Juma Director Director - Universal Electro-Engineering B.S.C.C.

Aurelien Cadars Director Managing Director Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals WLL

Basim AlSaie Director Managing Director and Partner - Installux Gulf

Jacques Andre R. Michel Director Head of MEA BNP Paribas Bank

Jean de Tinguy Du Pouet Director CEO - JTPC Services WLL

Jean-Baptiste Lucas Outgoing Board Member

The Operational Team \

From left to right: Ms. Ma. Josefa Nacino: Executive Assistant Mrs. Rim Jalali: Executive Director Ms. Margaux LanoĂŤ: Communications, Events and Commercial Coordinator


Our Story The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain, FCCIB, was created in 2015 and joined the network of CCI FRANCE INTERNATIONAL in April 2016. CCI FRANCE INTERNATIONAL is one of the largest Business Network in the world with a combined membership base of more than 32,000 companies. FCCIB is giving all its Members the possibility of growing their businesses through a number of events, forums and networking opportunities that the Chamber organizes all year long. The Chamber also offers a range of services to French and Bahraini companies encouraging them to prospect and to set up businesses in Bahrain and France.

Our Mission Our Vision Our Values

To promote and facilitate bilateral investment in Bahrain and in France. Continuously enhance Business and Economic ties between France and Bahrain. Integrity, Commitment, Service, Expertise, Results


Founding members

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FCCIB Partners

Grow your network

Stay informed via our communication tools

Increase your visibility

5 Reasons To Join FCCIB

Develop your business

Exchange your experiences


FCCIB in numbers: 161 members representing 73 companies. Company sectors and categories: Banking / Insurance


Tourism / Hospitality




Industry Construction / Engineering



Consulting services Automotive Retail

7% 7% 8%

Architecture / Interior Design


Advertising / Communication / Events




Membership Categories: Corporate - Platinum 4% 3% Corporate - Gold


Corporate - Silver Corporate - Non Resident Individual - Resident with Valuable Exp.

53% 25%



Expand your business in Bahrain, France and abroad Develop your visibility and promote your company

1. Choose the member category that suits your profile Check the membership categories on our website, accessible through this link. 2. Once you found your category, fill in the Membership form of your category Click here to download the Corporate Membership Form Click here to download the Individual Membership Form

Access our Online Directory here to see the list of our members with their contact details.



Networking Dinners* Most significant events of the last 2 years

May 2016

Conference with Mr. Jacques de LAJUGIE, Minister Counsellor for the French Economic Affairs and Head of the French Economic Department for the Middle-East, at Downtown Rotana Manama.

September 2016

Business Networking Luncheon with Economic Development Board (EDB) Chief Executive Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, at Four Seasons Hotel.

January 2017

February 2017

September 2017

Networking Cocktail Reception with Frederic Sanchez, President of FIVES Group and President of MEDEF International, at Crowne Plaza Hotel. Theme: “The Factory of the Future”.

Business Networking Dinner with H.E Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, at Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Theme: "Bahrain on the move: "Current and Future Transportation Projects in Bahrain“. Conference & Networking Dinner with H.E Dr. Abdulhussain Bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, at Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel Theme: "Bahrain’s renewable energy projects“.

*Selection of the most distinguished events of the past 2 years

Business Seminars

November 2016

January 2017

April 2017

VAT Seminar co-organized with KPMG, at Crowne Plaza Hotel Theme: “GCC Value Added Tax: The Impact on Bahrain-based Businesses”

French Week “So French” Seminar, at The Gulf Hotel Theme: “Taxation in France and Alsace”

Digital Transformation Seminar co-organized with BNP Paribas, at Downtown Rotana. Theme: “The Future of Digitalization”.

Breakfast Conferences

January 2017

FinTech Breakfast Conference, with Mr. Thanh-Long Huynh, CEO of the French Start-up Quantcube, at Downtown Rotana. Theme: “Massive Big Data Analytics for Economics and Behavorial Predictions with applications to Bahrain”

Gala Dinners

December 2015

Launching Ceremony Gala Dinner, at the Ritz-Carlton

December 2016

First Anniversary Gala Dinner, at the Ritz-Carlton

Thanks to our events sponsors!

BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES We provide you with tailor-made solutions to meet your business development needs. Market Approach, Company Set-Up, Visa Application, Business meetings Organisation, in Bahrain and France.

Market Approach . As a first step prior to an export decision, we can offer you a validation of your company’s products potential in the local market and an advice regarding the best strategic approach of the market accompanied with a list of the main key contacts.

Market Prospection Key contacts: To help your Company Identifying its potential partners (distributors, importers, suppliers), we can provide you with a detailed list of contacts with the key contact persons and the most important companies’ details in the local market and related to your industry. Tailor-made Business Mission: If you are planning a business trip to Bahrain or France to find potential clients, local distributors agents or importers, we can assist you in: Defining your goals, Identifying your prospects and potential partners, organizing B2B meetings with the identified partners and market visits, providing logistical support (visa, hotel booking with preferential rates, rent a vehicle) and linguistic assistance.

Business Establishment . Commercial Representation: We can help you with a part-time assistance to represent your company locally, allowing you to limit your initial investment to a minimum. We follow up on your market approach and business mission, represent you and coordinate the information requested between you and your partner. Hosting your Company: It is necessary to have a registered office address in Bahrain, either virtual or physical, when setting up a company in the Country. The FCCIB’s premises, a prestigious address in the heart of Diplomatic Area, can host your company. Several formulae are proposed at the different steps of development of your presence in Bahrain. Company Setup: We can provide personalized assistance for the Registration of your company with a domiciliation at the FCCIB address for an agreed period of time.

Visa A professional assistance in the application of your visas.

Contact or call +973 17 422 000 for more details.

hat they say about us


“ I was introduced to FCCIB with the objective to prepare our search for a Master Franchise partner in Bahrain .The first assignment was to do a country presentation as well as a market survey and recommendations for Delifrance. I have found the work done by FCCIB to be extremely informative and precise with valuable advises going forward. The next phase was to organize a visit for me to Bahrain with a tour of the various competitors and Malls and appointments with possible partners. It was really good to go in these meetings with the initial confidence that they have been vetted and have a solid reputation. Overall it has been an excellent experience and I hope to be able to start with a local partners in the coming months. ” Michel Nguyen Business Development Director Delifrance

“ I had the opportunity to make several missions of the same type in different countries and I was often disappointed. But for this mission organized for PTC, Groupe Fayat by FCCIB, I am very satisfied. I can see that there was a huge quantity of work to be able to organize such an excellent program of meetings with potential partners in the sector of the construction. Very very professional, Bravo FCCIB! Thanks to this prospection mission, I found my partner in Bahrain.” Sebastien Espin Business Development Manager PTC/GROUPE FAYAT




Sent monthly, FCCIB 'CONNECTION' Newsletter informs FCCIB members about the activities of the chamber, the new members, the coming events, and highlights business an economic news in France and Bahrain. , FCCIB's Website, is a complete source of information about the activities of the chamber, the members, the events, the privileges and much more. Since 2017, each member has an exclusive and private access to the online directory, with more than 32,000 contacts.



Sent weekly, FCCIB ‘Press Review’ gathers the most important Articles about the business and economy in Bahrain, France, and worldwide.

This Online Directory lists more than 32,000 members of the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain and in 150 other countries members of the network. Reserved for members only.

We are present on Social Media! Facebook and LinkedIn

Link to our Facebook Page: Link to our LinkedIn beta/10519165/



The Privileges Card is given to all FCCIB members and allows them to get exclusive discounts in Bahrain, France and Worldwide. To see the discounts, visit our website or

click here.

All the Privileges pa rtners in Bahrain / +973 17 422 000 Y.B.A. Kanoo Tower, 12th Floor, Office No. 128, Bldg. No. 155, Road 1703, Block 317, Diplomatic Area, Kingdom of Bahrain