Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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France and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Political relations

A delegation from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, led by the Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, participated in COP21 which was held in Le Bourget from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This event helped to highlight our shared commitment in the fight against global warming. Like many of its Caribbean neighbours, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was one of the first countries worldwide to ratify the Paris Agreement.

In 2015, Martinique joined the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), of which Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a founding member. In 2019, Guadeloupe was awarded associate member status, and Saint Martin was admitted as an observer member.

French presence

France does not have an embassy in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but is represented by an honorary Consul. There is an Alliance Française.

French community: 48 on consular register on 31 December 2019

Saint Vincentian community in France: 48

Visits

30 November 2015: the Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Mr Clayton Burgin, participated in the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21, Le Bourget).

Ambassadors

  • French Ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (in residence in Saint Lucia): Mr Philippe Ardanaz
  • Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to France (in residence in London): Mr Caryle Dennis Dougan

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The Kingstown Alliance Française branch has 50 learners.
French assistance is now mostly channelled via the European Union, in particular the European Development Fund (EDF).

The CARICOM FSPI IFLE project (€800,000), overseen by the cooperation and cultural action service and implemented by the Alliance Française, helps develop three areas of cooperation: linguistic, economic and cultural.

Updated: June 2020