France and Pakistan

Presentation

Political relations

Since Prime Minister Gilani’s visit to Paris in 2011, our bilateral dialogue has been structured around three pillars: annual consultations with the Secretaries-General of the Foreign Ministries; an annual joint commission on security issues; and an annual joint commission on economic and trade issues. Regular visits also take place, in addition to these institutional meetings:

  • October 2017: visit to France by Mr Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Minister for Commerce and Textile. Meeting with the Minister of State Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne.
  • December 2017: visits by delegations from the French Senate and National Assembly to Pakistan.

For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Pakistan

Economic relations

In 2017, bilateral trade between France and Pakistan stood at €1.4 billion, up +4.6% year-on-year. France’s total sales now make Pakistan 67th out of our customers (64th in 2016). France has a trade deficit with Pakistan due to the increase in Pakistani textile exports following the EU’s attribution of a GSP+ trade facility in 2014.

Some 32 French companies, mainly major groups, are represented in Pakistan, in key sectors of the Pakistani economy (energy, transport, public works and civil engineering, environment, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, non-banking services). Over 185 French companies are members of the Pakistan-France Business Alliance.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

France’s cooperation with Pakistan is implemented through two instruments: bilateral cooperation and the work of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency).

Bilateral aid in cooperation and cultural action has two main targets: supporting the Pakistani government’s academic policy and consolidating France’s influence in the fields of culture, language, social sciences, governance and archaeology.

Our academic cooperation focuses on students at Master’s, doctorate or post-doctorate level, either in the framework of Pakistani government grants or for students in international mobility. The Pakistan-France Alumni Network is a key asset, fostering the influence and visibility of the French Embassy’s activities. Our scientific and technological cooperation is also aimed at supporting joint projects led by French and Pakistani research laboratories (“Péridot” Hubert Curien Partnerships, launched in September 2014), as well as fostering ties between innovation and entrepreneurship.

French language, culture and ideas are promoted through a network of three Alliance Française branches (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad).

Other cooperation

Security cooperation focuses on training to tackle document fraud, illegal immigration, terrorism and drug trafficking.

Defence cooperation with Pakistan focuses on elite military training, exchange and transfer of expertise in areas linked to counter-insurgency, and French-language teaching in the military sphere.

Updated: 14 June 2018