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French Broad Ranks 11th in Outside's Best Trips of 2016 …

Outside magazine has released its annual list of the Best Trips of 2016[1] and the French Broad River is ranked #11 in the world. The magazine states that these vanguard destinations are the favorites of its editors and writers. Western North Carolina s French Broad River gets accolades for its access to some of the world s best craft breweries and access to the amazing camping available along the French Broad Paddle Trail[2] a collaborative project of MountainTrue and Riverlink.

The beauty of traveling by canoe is that you can carry a lot of beer. There s probably no better place in the country[3] to test out this theory than the mild 45-mile stretch of the French Broad that flows past the Southern outposts of three of America s most cherished craft breweries.

July 12-15, join us for a four-day float.

Now is the time to start planning your French Broad River adventure! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper take participants on a guided trip down the French Broad River, camping out along the French Broad River Paddle Trail (proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery). Leave the shuttle and logistics to us and enjoy the river s beauty from the water!

We take care of all the logistics and camp sites so you can enjoy this beautiful river with some of the top craft breweries in the entire world along the way. We ll put in at Hap Simpson River Park and take out in time to hit Oskar Blues. We ll float down to Sierra Nevada from there, and then hit New Belgium once we get into Asheville. It s our very own Brew Paddle. We ll also highlight the work of the Riverkeeper program and take water samples, but we ll be sure to leave enough time for cornhole and s mores at the campsites. For reservations and more info, click here.[4]


  1. ^ Best Trips of 2016 (www.outsideonline.com)
  2. ^ French Broad Paddle Trail (frenchbroadpaddle.com)
  3. ^ no better place in the country (www.outsideonline.com)
  4. ^ For reservations and more info, click here. (secure.mountaintrue.org)

Seminar: Investing in French-speaking Africa

NABA in partnership with the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce invites you to take part in a half-day seminar focusing on investments in french-speaking Africa. Learn about a French-Norwegian energy collaboration in West Africa, understand the legal framework and business culture and meet the people who have succeeded.

8.30 8.45 Registration
8.45 9.00 Welcome
Paul-Fran ois GAUVIN, President of the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce
H.E. Jean Fran ois DOBELLE, Ambassador of France to Norway

Business opportunities in French-speaking Africa
Keynote speaker: Arnaud Vaissi
Arnaud Vaissi is Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International SOS, the world s leading medical and travel security risk Services Company. Present in 92 countries, the group currently operates with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Arnaud Vaissi chairs CCI France International, which is the Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad, bringing together 112 French Chambers in 82 countries (including CCFN in Norway).

Practical advice when doing business in French-speaking Africa
Overview and advice on investment opportunities in french-speaking Africa. By Patrick SEVAITRE, Member of the Steering Committee, Conseil francais des investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN)

Why and how prevention works?
Best practices on Travel Risk Management including a case scenario on Africa by Tim WILLIS, Security Director Northern Europe and Dr Lars PETERSON, Regional Medical Director Nordics International SOS
Important legal aspects: What you need to know when investing in French-speaking Africa. By Yves BROSENS, Partner, DLA Piper law firm, Brussels
A successful logistic strategy for the African market: Dos & Don ts
Christophe DE CHANTERAC, Marketing Director Africa Bollor Logistics
From working with women cooperatives in Cote d Ivoire to a popular West African drink brand in Oslo Antoinette BOTTI, Director Ging AS


10.45 11.00 Break

Opportunities in the African Energy market
Business opportunities in Africa for Norwegian suppliers
Presentation & Panel debate with representatives from French and Norwegian companies: Scatec Solar, Carbon Wealth, Total (TBC),

12.30 13.30 Lunch Mingling

Registration before 4th of March.

Special fee for NABA and CCFN members: 450 Nok including lunch
Non-members: 900 Nok including lunch

Registration here[1] before 4th of March

Seminar organized by:

Seminar: Investing In French-speaking Africa Seminar: Investing In French-speaking Africa Seminar: Investing In French-speaking Africa


  1. ^ here (www.ccfn.no)

France launches €3 million marine energy R&D call | Tidal Energy …

French National Research Agency (ANR), in collaboration with France Energies Marines (FEM), has launched a second call for marine research and development projects.

The call for projects in 2016 has a total budget of ‘ 3 million and is part of the SET-Plan set by the European Commission. ANR will co-finance 50% of eligible project expenses, with funding from ‘ 50,000 to ‘ 2 million. The projects eligible for funding are those that improve performance/competitiveness of the value chain, support the deployment of supplier networks, optimisation of logistics flows, development of standards, systems integration, non-technical aspects which include environment and financing, and social issues.

Proposed projects must be a public/private collaboration, except for projects managed by FEM. The maximum duration of proposed projects should not be longer than 36 months. The deadline for project applications is set for April 22, 2016, and the winners will be announced in July, 2016.

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