The CCFL are volunteer who support companies in their international development in Lebanon and the Middle East.
Present in 146 countries, CCEs form an active network of over 4,000 members at the service of French companies around the world.
Selected for their competence and their international experience, the ‘Conseillers du Commerce extérieur de la France’ (CCE – French Foreign Trade Advisor) are appointed for three years through a prime ministerial decree, on the recommendations of the Minister for Foreign Trade. For more than 115 years, on a voluntary basis, they have been placing their experience at the service of France’s economic presence around the world.
CCEs in France
1,400 CCEs, specialists in international trade, established in every region in France
As directors of export companies and executives at large companies, they place their practical knowledge of international markets at the service of SMEs (guidance when required, networking, longer-term projects, launch of events organised by the CCEs, etc.) and young people (cf. training roles). They have a special working relationship with local and consular authorities and with professional bodies (DGT, Business France, chambers of commerce, Medef International, Coface, Bpifrance, etc.) which promote foreign trade and the appeal of France.
CCEs around the world
2,800 CCEs, expatriates, executives and company directors, established in 146 countries
They have daily experience of dealing with the opportunities and risks of the world’s markets and they have extensive, hands-on, concrete and very practical information to share. CCEs organise regional colloquiums, conferences and symposiums, normally in partnership with the main institutional stakeholders (regional economic services, Business France, French chambers of commerce abroad, economic advisory units within embassies, etc.) These exchanges enable CCEs and economic decision-makers (French and international) to compare and share their experiences and their analyses. They work to enhance the profile of France and to promote its appeal.
An open network
The CCE network also seeks to draw on the skills of both European and non-European company directors as well as experts operating outside the world of business, teachers, opinion leaders and NGO managers (as ‘complementary members’ or ‘partner figures’).
Our activities :
CCEs (French foreign trade advisors) oversee ‘sensitive’ foreign trade dossiers. At the heart of international markets and experts in their own field, they provide information, analyses and recommendations on the challenges of world trade and on specific markets to public authorities, whose decision-making they inform.
CCEs share their expertise with companies, in particular with SMEs, whom they sponsor and support on a voluntary basis in their international development. They contribute their hands-on knowledge and enable SMEs to understand more easily all aspects of an export strategy and how to exploit the channels which will facilitate their international development.
CCEs assist numerous educational establishments in raising young people’s awareness of international careers (first person accounts, juries, tutoring, etc.) and in promoting the VIE internship programme.
… the appeal of France for international investment
CCEs help to enhance the image of France abroad in their dealings with company directors and local economic authorities and, where appropriate, facilitate decisions to invest in France.