GICAN press release
The French Marine Industry Group (GICAN), the trade union for the French shipbuilding industry, held its AGM on Friday 7 June at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris. GICAN members across the board attended this event together with its public and private institutional partners.
Hervé Guillou, CEO of NAVAL GROUP, has been unanimously reelected as PRESIDENT of the GICAN following the renewal of the GICAN’s Board of Directors during the AGM.
“I am obviously immensely proud to accept a new mandate. A great deal of progress has been accomplished with the Board members and the GICAN team these past two yearsin benefits of the member companies support for increasing our companies’ international profile, enhancing the appeal of our professions and innovation, digitalization of activities… Efforts have gone into decentralizing the GICAN in a bid to build local momentum in the work we do and more effectively defend our members’ concerns. Today, this work must continue and enable us to gain authority across the country as a respected standard-bearer of our sector’s economic opportunities both for civil and defence activities – not least in the maritime industrial sector”.
During the AGM, the GICAN President announced the forthcoming launch of SEAstart, the GICAN startup support programme.
Following a selection process at the end of the summer, the GICAN will be launching SEAstart, the startup support programme for the shipbuilding and maritime industries. This programme will thus run from the start of the 2019/2020 academic year. Coordinated by Jacques Orjubin,the GICAN’s Communications & Public Relations Officer, the SEAstart programme is expected to lay the groundwork for meaningful partnerships to develop between shipbuilding manufacturers and start-ups, so as to help the latter successfully integrate the industrial fabric. Four strands underpin the programme’s support strategy: Business, Funding, Expertise and Visibility.