Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, held a conference call on April 17 with regional presidents, parliamentarians, public and private export stakeholders and industry representatives to discuss the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic for foreign trade and French exports. Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Economy and Finance, also took part in this meeting.
Following on from the measures taken by the government to support businesses, and the announcement on March 31 of the first specific actions to support exporters, this meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the situation with regard to the consequences of the pandemic for export companies, notably small and medium-sized enterprises. Based on the analysis presented by the public and private export operators, an initial assessment was made of the measures already taken to address the immediate consequences of the crisis in terms of assistance, information and financial support for export companies.
The government and the regions agreed to strengthen their partnership in order to integrate export concerns into the response to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on the French export industry and on international markets, notably with the support of Team France Export, which has already done a great deal of work in order to respond to the immediate needs of businesses. In accordance with the government’s international trade strategy since the start of the five-year term, this partnership will make it possible to coordinate the actions to support the French economy’s expansion into international markets, especially by its SMEs and mid-cap companies over the next few months, so that our companies can protect their export opportunities and propel themselves into international markets as soon as health conditions allow.
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