The attendees at the contract signing held at the residency of the German Ambassador in Paris included Anne-Marie Idrac, Secretary of State in the French Ministry of Economics and Finance and Reinhard Schäfers, Ambassador to France of the Federal Republic of Germany. This constellation of guests served to underscore the economic significance of the Partner Country project.
France has always figured as one of the leading exhibitor nations at HANNOVER MESSE - a favorite venue for showcasing French innovations. Past participants have included the ALSTOM technology group, the software developer Dassault Systèmes, electrical engineering manufacturer Schneider Electric and SOCOMEC, the specialist for low-voltage power supply. HANNOVER MESSE also traditionally features a number of German enterprises which maintain a strong relationship with France, such as motion-control-technology provider Bosch Rexroth, energy utility Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW ), plant and equipment manufacturer Siemens and leading automation specialist Phoenix Contact.
The French Export Team - which consists of OSEO, COFACE, the French Chambers of Commerce in France and Germany, foreign trade advisers in France, and companies that are members of Pacte PME - helps exhibiting companies take full advantage of the opportunities at HANNOVER MESSE.