Business France [fr]


Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy.

Founded on 1st January 2015, Business France is the result of the merger between UBIFRANCE (the French Agency for international business development) and the Invest in France Agency.

Located in 62 countries, Business France employs 1 500 personnel. As part of its missions, Business France works closely with a network of public and private sector partners, in France and abroad.

In East Africa, Business France covers 6 markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The Business France office in Addis Ababa is responsible for Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Missions of Business France

Business France has 3 key missions:
-  Supporting French companies to export
-  Facilitating international investment in France
-  Promoting the attractiveness and economic image of France, its businesses and its territories

Supporting exports in Ethiopia:
Trade advisers from Business France inform, advise and support French companies willing to develop profitable businesses in Ethiopia and Djibouti, by offering:

-  Market Research
-  Information on market access conditions
-  Identification of business partners (importers, distributors, agents, clients…)
-  BtoB meetings
-  Export events (business forums, French pavilions in exhibitions…)
-  Legal and regulatory advisory
-  Monitoring of international tenders
-  Communication services
-  Promotion of the French International Experience Volunteering program (V.I.E)

2019 calendar of Business France events

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Facilitating international investment in France:
- In-depth business interviews with potential investors
- Sourcing of investment projects in France tailored to the needs of the investor
- Personalized advice on investments in France:
- Type of investments: creation or expansion, industrial or technological
partnership, financial investment/acquisition
- fiscal, legislative and regulatory framework
- public financing, national and regional incentives
- practical advice on locations
- cost analysis
- relationship with national and local institutions
-  Accompanying investors in France

Promoting the economic image of France:
- Communication campaigns on the image of France, its companies and its territories through networks of influencers identified in Ethiopia
-  Deployment of promotional campaigns, under the national brand « Choose France » and sectorial brands « La French Tech » ; « La French Fab » ; « French Healthcare »…


Our contacts details

-  Mr. Amilcar Cabral
Business France’s delegate for Ethiopia and Djibouti
Senior Trade Advisor
Tel : +251 (0)11 140 00 38 / Mob. : +251 (0)944 345 110
Email :

-  Ms. Belien Gezahegn
Trade Advisor
Tel. : +251 (0)11 140 00 39 / Mob. : +251 (0)944 345 125
Email :

-  Mr. Xavier Chatte-Ruols
Regional Director for East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Djibouti), based in Nairobi
Tel. : +254 (0)20 760 55 81 / Mob. : +254 (0)708 814 111
Email :

-  Invest in France Department

Mr. Stéphane Lecoq
Inward Investment Director for Africa (based in Casablanca)
Tel. : +212 (0)522 279 140
Email :

Our address

Member of the French diplomatic services, the Business France office in Addis Ababa is located on the campus of the Embassy of France in Ethiopia.

Physical Address: Kebena, Faransay Ligaçu, Addis Ababa
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:15 am to 12:30 pm, and 14:00 pm to 18:00 pm.
Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

For more information

Business France’s website:

Dernière modification : 15/04/2019

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