Caribbean – 13th regional cooperation conference in the Antilles/Guiana (Pointe à Pitre, 16-17 November 2017)

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is bringing together more than 200 participants in Pointe-à-Pitre on November 16 and 17 to discuss regional cooperation opportunities.

National representatives and the regional and departmental heads of Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy, and Saint-Martin will be joined by ambassadors posted in the Caribbean countries and Brazil, as well as France’s consul-general in Miami. This conference will also include representatives of businesses as well as public and private sector entities involved in regional cooperation.

French communities in the Americas are facing significant challenges that require stepped up regional cooperation, whether in growing businesses in their regional environment, combating climate change, responding to hurricanes and natural disasters, preventing and combating epidemics, or security and the fight against trafficking.

The conference will open with discussions of opportunities for businesses owned by French communities in the Americas to access markets in the region It will continue with discussions on regional strategies on training, medical cooperation, natural risk response, decentralized cooperation, and the implementation of tools to assist development. During this conference, the expertise of French communities in their regional environment and the need to bolster cooperation on common threats will be highlighted. Also on the agenda : a regional ERASMUS program, coordination on the prevention of epidemics, region-wide strategies for job seeking, and strengthening security in conjunction with a strong demand for facilitated exchanges.

A half-day will also be devoted to meetings between ambassadors and entrepreneurs, modeled after meetings held during the annual Ambassadors Week (#1ambassadeur1entrepreneur).

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