Emmanuel Macron sets out to woo Tashkent
Long off-limits to the outside world, Uzbekistan has started to extend a warmer welcome to French CAC 40 companies under Mirziyoyev. [...]
The French multinational is a leader in water and waste management and energy. It also has a growing transport business. With more than 300,000 employees in 50 countries, Veolia works with a large number of local authorities and private companies.
Bernard Squarcini, the Mr. Fix-it of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and former head of the French domestic intelligence service (DCRI, now DGSI), has also worked in the business sector. He is less at ease, however, among the high-rise office blocks of Paris's La Defense business district than in the Corsican restaurants of the French capital. [...]
Favourite courtier of African presidents Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo and Denis Sassou-Nguesso, South African Ivor Ichikowitz is little by little making his mark in Central Asia. Alongside such influential regional businessmen as Kenges Rakishev in Kazakhstan and Fuad Seyidaliyev in Azerbaijan, the head of the Paramount arms group is trying to establish himself there, while still maintaining his position [...]