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February 2015

François Hollande announces the future conversion of FP-UA into the French Chamber Foundation

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Yesterday, French President François Hollande handed over a cheque to Dilip Vaswani, President of Total Philippines Corporation and Chairman of France-Philippines United Action (FP-UA), for the conversion of FP-UA into the French Chamber Foundation. This happened during the Climate Change and Inclusive Growth Business Forum organised by the Makati Business Club. FP-UA was created back in November 2013 after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas affecting about 14 million people and killing more than 6,000 people. In the overall context, assistance from the French private sector—donations in cash and kind, mostly from large companies—had been significant but lacked coordination. On November 15, 2013, the French Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Gilles Garachon, summoned representatives of leading French companies, in addition to those from the Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur and the French Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, in order to exchange information on relief activities led by the French community….

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