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Emmanuel Macron's re-election as President of France has been welcomed across the European Union and beyond, and provides some stability amid an uncertain global geopolitical environment.

The second largest economy in the Eurozone, France is currently enjoying an economic rebound as activities return to normal. Growth in 2021 was 7%, and unemployment has fallen to below pre-pandemic levels. His re-election gives President Macron the green light to continue his programme of economic and labour reforms, which have been successful in revitalizing the economy.

Paris has long been one of the E.U.'s major financial centres. How has the city capitalized on the opportunities created by Britain's exit from the bloc?

The capital city has also been making major strides in its ambitions to become a fintech hub, with investment growing rapidly in recent years. The fintech sector has enjoyed a further boost from the rapid shift towards digitalization during the pandemic. What are the latest developments for the fintech sector in the country?

As the global business landscape revives, and French businesses seek to connect with overseas investors and trading partners, how can Hong Kong-based companies tap into the growing opportunities in the French financial sector?

At this webinar on 25 May, François Haas, Chief Representative for Asia-Pacific, Banque de France Asia Office, and Olivier Vigna, Deputy CEO, Paris EUROPLACE, will discuss the French economic outlook and other developments, including:

• Challenges for Monetary and Fiscal Policies
• Prospects for the financial sector and the economy

Don't miss this chance to learn more about the latest developments in France, its thriving financial sector and the opportunities for Hong Kong businesses.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


François Haas joined Banque de France in 1988, as a FX trader and then a portfolio manager. After a secondment at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York he joined the Monetary Policy Division of Banque de France before heading its Markets and Financial Stability Division.

He spent 4 years at the IMF as a senior economist in the Monetary and Capital Markets (2004-2008). He moved back to Banque de France HQ, as head of the Market Operations Department initially, then as Deputy Director General for Operations and Stability.

In 2016 François became Chief Representative of Banque de France for the Americas, based in New York.

He is currently (2020) Senior Representative for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore.

Olivier Vigna joined Paris EUROPLACE as Deputy CEO in April 2021, in charge of developing and promoting Paris as a Global Financial Center.

Before, he has been HSBC Group Chief France economist, presenting research forecasts and views to HSBC institutional and corporate clients. Previously, he has worked at the French Treasury as Chief Economist of the Debt Management Office (Agence France Trésor), at the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) as Chief Economist, and at the French central bank as Head of Division in charge of economic, financial and regulatory topics in relationships with Paris financial centre players.

Date and Time 2022/05/25 17:00 to 18:00
Venue This event will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Kari Yu
Tel: 2823 1266
Fee Members @ HK$100 / Non-Members @ HK$200
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