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CCI Gala 2019: En Lumière

Merci, Maraming Salamat, Thank you for joining us in our first Gala En Lumière #CCIGALA 2019! It was a great success!

Dear Members and Friends of CCI, 

Merci, Maraming Salamat, Thank you for joining us in our first Gala En Lumière #CCIGALA 2019! It was a great success! Thank you to His Excellency Ambassador Nicolas Galey for making us the great honor to be at our Gala En Lumière. 


If last year was a milestone for the French Chamber of Commerce who celebrated its 30th year of existence, this year is about celebrating 2019 with a new unique format for our annual event by launching the very first seated gala of the French Chamber of Commerce at Fairmont Makati. 

All night long we highlighted the French Excellence. An exceptional evening around a Festival of Lights that relates to the festival held in the city of Lyon in France as well as enjoy exquisite flavors from different parts of France through a five course menu crafted by the Executive Chef Anne–Cécile Degenne together with wine pairing.


We also integrated the Business Awards Ceremony during the evening and let me congratulate CMA CGM for winning the Business Excellence Award, Raffles Hotel for the So French Award and Nutriset for the Creative CSR Award.  It was truly a celebration of excellence!

Thank you to our sponsors who trusted our vision and were instrumental in the success of this yearly celebration; you have been supportive of the changes from Soirée Beaujolais Nouveau to La Soirée and now the Gala En Lumière in 2019.  Our event, just like the Chamber, evolves constantly to respond to the needs of our members and its business community. Thanks to all of you who have one way or another contributed to the French Philippine business community and have been with us over the course of the last 3 decades.

And lastly let me congratulate all involved in making this night possible with the CCI team led by our new Managing Director Maylis Charlat as they were all dedicated and committed to bring you the best! You did a great job and can be proud of what you have achieved!

The French Chamber of Commerce will continue to strive to develop and accelerate business opportunities by extending its services to more French companies, creating partnerships between our two countries, build an even stronger network, increase our members visibility and work hand in hand with all French institutional partners either in France, or in the South East Asian region and the Philippines.

At the Chamber, we have industry specialization in infrastructure, agribusiness, IT, start-ups and NGO’s to cater for all business needs.

Beginning of this year, we have been awarded the representation contract (“Convention”) from the French Government to manage the Team France Export; a fully dedicated business support team for French enterprises looking at entering the Filipino market.  As of today, we have exceeded the annual target given by the French Government and have been instrumental in delivering high quality relevant business studies.

For 2020 we are proud to announce that CCI France Philippines will continue its strategy of alliance and collaboration such as with the Philippines Marketing Association with IPSUM FRX , a one – day conference, where France will be the focus country through French companies’ highlights and speakers! We strive to also develop together with the French institutions and partners a French Week to showcase the vibrancy of France!

Lastly let me formally introduce you Maylis Charlat, our new Managing Director since mid – September; Maylis arrived for the first time in the Philippines 10 years ago, graduated from a Master of International Economic Law at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, worked a couple of years in a Parisian law firm and decided to come back to the Philippines last year! Fluent in Bisaya and learning Tagalog, Maylis cares deeply about the relationship between France and the Philippines corporations and is a great asset to the CCI already! 


If you have not met her during the Gala, please do reach out to her at  maylis.charlat(@) 

Maraming Salamat. Thank you very much. Merci beaucoup,

Isabelle Nilo     Maylis Charlat

President, CCI France Philippines Managing Director, CCI France Philippines

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