Ms. Fleur Pellerin, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, traveled to Australia where she met with her counterpart, Mr. Andrew Robb, as well as Ms. Gladys Berejiklian, New South Wales Minister for Transport, in order to promote cooperation opportunities with France.
She met with representatives of French subsidiaries in the infrastructure sector and representatives of the community of young expatriates. This visit also provided an opportunity to strengthen trade relations between our two countries: our trade surplus with Australia has increased in recent years (€1.7 billion in 2013), becoming France’s 5th largest trade surplus. Our country is also the 7th preferred destination for Australian foreign investment, and is the second major destination in Europe, after the United Kingdom.
Ms. Pellerin also represented France on July 19 at the meeting of G20 trade ministers, in the presence of Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and Mr. Karel de Gucht, European Trade Commissioner. This meeting was an important step in preparation for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. The ministers notably discussed the role of international trade in reviving world growth and the G20’s contribution to strengthening the multilateral trading system.