Economic diplomacy – Meeting between Matthias Fekl and the coordinators for the priority export sectors (Paris, June 22, 2016)


Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, received the seven coordinators for the priority export sectors:

  • Gérard Wolf, for the “enhancing urban living” sector;
  • Jean-Patrick Lajonchère, for the “healthcare products and services” sector;
  • Xavier Duportet, for the “emerging technologies” sector;
  • Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, for the “French-style tourism” sector;
  • Catherine Chavrier, for the “better nutrition” sector;
  • Isabelle Giordano, for the “entertainment and culture” sector;
  • Jean Ballandras, for the “renewable energy” sector.

The coordinators are appointed by the minister of foreign affairs and international development to help - on a voluntary basis - develop and promote French exports. Their expertise enables them to identify the barriers to exporting that French firms may face, especially SMEs.