Business Forum Paris 2015 – 2nd edition



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TEAS France–Azerbaijan: Towards a diversified, decentralised economy

Jointly organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) Foundation and Business France

"We consider France to be our major commercial partner in the European Union. France is an important country supporting Azerbaijan in its efforts to diversify its economy. Today's participation [in the Business Forum] by many French companies, whether existing partners of Azerbaijan or new companies, shows that we are on the right track."  H.E. Elchin Amirbayov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to France

“France needs to take note of Azerbaijan as a primary actor in the region, and the necessity for further development of the French presence.” Henri Baissas, Chief Operations Officer, Business France

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Speakers – links indicate downloadable presentations:

Introductory session: Azerbaijan – a strategic economic partner for France and Europe

Keynote speeches:

H.E. Elchin Amirbayov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to France

H.E. Pascal Meunier, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan


Speakers and panellists:

Lionel Zetter, TEAS

Orkhan Mammadov, Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry

Philippe Gautier, MEDEF International

Jane Amilhat, DG Trade, European Commission


Session 1:   Doing business in Azerbaijan   The climate for overseas investment, market trends, reforms and opportunities

Vahid Bagirov, AzInsurance OJSC

James Hogan, Dentons

Nuran Kerimov, Deloitte & Touche LLC

Nathalie Komatitsch, TOTAL Exploration and Production

Selim Makzume, LAM / CMA CGM Caucasus


Session 2:   Economic diversification as a priority   Azerbaijan, the major market of the South Caucasus

Catherine Mantel, ENGIE

Elmar Mammadov, Azerbaijan Embassy in France

Michael Gerlich, FMCG Group - Gilan Holding

Jürgen Krahn, CIFAL Group


Session 3:   Energy and environmental co-operation with Azerbaijan   From fossil fuels to alternative energy resources

Keynote paper:

Thea Khitarishvili, International Energy Agency


Southern Energy Corridor:

Vusal Mammadov, SOCAR Brussels

Luca Baccarini, IRIS Institute


Greener energy resources for Azerbaijan:

Jamil Melikov, Azerbaijan State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy

Eric de la Guéronnière, Suez Environnement

Paolo Salvato, Thalès Group

Catherine Mantel, ENGIE




The European Azerbaijan Society Foundation is dedicated to developing EU–Azerbaijani best practice exchange and business network connections. Its goal is to facilitate investments and the creation of strategic commercial partnerships in the private sector. The TEAS France–Azerbaijan Business Forum attracts a wide-ranging and well-informed audience, including diplomats, politicians, investors, bankers, journalists, experts, NGO representatives and French and Azerbaijani experts from the public and private sector.

For more information about TEAS France activities and its company network, including participation in the

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