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EURONAVAL 2020 Goes Digital

With an unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic posing challenge and new health regulations remaining in place, EURONAVAL 2020, the international exhibition for the naval defence and maritime security industry, has opted to go virtual.
From 19th to 25th October, exhibitors, official delegations and visitors from all over the world will be able to meet the EURONAVAL 2020 exhibitors at the EURONAVAL-ONLINE digital exhibition. 
They will also be able to organise their B2B meetings by video conference on the Euronaval site and follow the themed workshops that will showcase all the expertise of the naval industry. 
The cycle of online web-conferences, piloted by the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), is also being maintained.
The GICAN and its subsidiary SOGENA are reorienting the upcoming edition in a fully digital format.
Organised every even-numbered year, the exhibition has been one of the world’s leading platforms for innovation and naval technologies of the future for more than 50 years. It is known as a prominent meeting place for industrialists from all over the world and decision-makers from military and state navies.
Bold Decision
The GICAN’s Board of Directors had taken the courageous decision, necessary for the relaunch of the naval activity, to ensure continuity of the EURONAVAL exhibition. 
The preparations, in conjunction with the State services concerned and notably the Prefecture, have made it possible to envisage a successful exhibition in strict compliance with health regulations.
France, like many other countries in Europe, has been experiencing a resurgence in coronavirus cases and the country’s health minister Olivier Véran earlier made it clear that the government would introduce new measures to control the spread of the virus. France’s health minister had also explained that the virus was spreading too fast, stating that the country was in a “phase of worsening.”
The GICAN’s Board of Directors also took note of the announcements made by the Health Minister on 23rd September indicating a reduction in the maximum authorised capacity for major events, from 5,000 to 1,000 people.
 The resurgence of the epidemic means that it is no longer possible to guarantee a satisfactory “face-to-face” exhibition, both for the 300 exhibitors and for the 70 official foreign delegations that had already expressed the wish to travel to Paris-Le Bourget.
Previously reserved for official delegations and exhibitors unable to travel to Paris-Le Bourget, EURONAVAL-ONLINE will now be open to all visitors and exhibitors who wish to use it. 
Hervé GUILLOU, President of the GICAN, states: “In our sector of activity, nothing beats a physical event and meetings. The Euronaval 2020 exhibition was eagerly awaited by exhibitors and our international visitors after several months of interruption of trade fairs around the world.

The resumption of business contacts is more important than ever. The GICAN and SOGENA are taking a responsible attitude in light of the resurgence of the epidemic, but are determined to support the activity of manufacturers in France, Europe and around the world, and are offering an innovative solution to all the actors in the sector, to accompany the revival of the naval market. I would also like to thank the Ministry of the Armed Forces for its unfailing support throughout the long preparation of Euronaval.”
Hugues d’ARGENTRÉ, Managing Director of SOGENA, adds: “I would like to extend my warmest thanks to all our exhibitors, agents, partners and service providers. They have put their trust in us and accompanied us with courage and kindness in the difficult and risky preparation of this exhibition. I would also like to thank the members of the 70 foreign delegations from 46 different countries who had already agreed to take part in Euronaval. I share their disappointment at not being able to be present at Paris-Le Bourget. I am delighted to be able to offer the Euronaval-Online digital exhibition that will accompany the revival of the naval industry in France and around the world”.
The initial plan included web-conferences, workshops, B2B meetings, start-up space, trade vessel for employment and training, and a new Cyber Naval Hub pavilion.
Web Conferences
A series of three web conferences replaced the international conference initially planned at the Maison de la Chimie. Organised in partnership with the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), the web conferences on three online sessions were in the form of thematic round tables. 
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