Matthias Fekl, minister of state for foreign trade, the promotion of tourism, and French nationals abroad, has appointed Jean-Patrick Lajonchère to coordinate exports of healthcare products and services, a priority area for France. He replaces David Sourdive, whose accomplishments won unanimous praise.
The role of this coordinator is to help establish a framework for the healthcare sector abroad and to promote that sector. Mr. Lajonchère will focus in particular on exporting French standards and expertise with respect to hospital care; this includes setting up clinics, assessing medications and medical devices, and improving outpatient services.
In 2015, exports in this area reached 47 billion euros, or 11% of total French exports, and generated a trade surplus of more than 10 billion. France has bolstered its position in the global trade of healthcare products and services; it now holds fifth place for pharmaceuticals and sixth place for chemicals, fragrances and cosmetics.