Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit Australia from March 1 to 3.
He will be received by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and will meet with his counterpart, Julie Bishop, with whom he will sign a declaration on strengthening the strategic partnership between our two countries.
He will also meet with Minister for Trade and Tourism Steven Ciobo.
In Sydney, Jean-Marc Ayrault will open an economic forum aimed at bringing together French and Australian firms and will speak about environmental and climate issues at the University of New South Wales. He will present French expertise in innovation at the launch of the “Creative France” 2017 agenda and will visit the facilities of a French firm specializing in renewable energy. He will also speak at the Lowy Institute, Australia’s leading think tank, about how Australia and France, which are neighbors in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, should address global challenges.
In Canberra, Jean-Marc Ayrault will underscore the importance of the French-Australian scientific partnership at the signing of an agreement between the Australian National University and Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University; he will host the launch of the “Science and Innovation” joint action plan.
In Melbourne, Jean-Marc Ayrault will bestow the Legion of Honor upon Australian veterans of World War II, thereby paying tribute to the Australian soldiers who died fighting for the liberation of France during the two world wars, a shared memory that binds us to Australia. He will conclude his trip with a visit to the Alliance française, where he will stress the importance of culture and human exchanges when he meets with young French people living in Australia.
Jean-Marc Ayrault will be accompanied by a large delegation of businessmen and women, led by Guillaume Pepy, in his capacity as Chairman of the France-Australia Business Council of MEDEF International, as well as his Special Representative for relations with Australia, Ross McInnes.