Deployment of French expertise: a long-term strategic issue

International expertise: an issue regarding influence, solidarity and economics

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Koudiat dam (Algeria) built
by French company, Razel.
©MAEE/Frédéric de la Mure.

Issue of influence

The future political, normative, economic and administrative frameworks of our partners largely depend on the expertise provided to develop them. Providing expertise and advice to foreign governments and international organizations is therefore an essential vehicle for the distribution of French norms and standards, whether they be related to social, legal, health or environmental affairs. French international expertise also gives influence to our social organizational model and our values.

Issue of solidarity

International technical expertise is at the core of development issues, whether it be Millennium Development Goals, the support to governance policies and the design of a social model as well as human and sustainable development. This is an essential part of France’s solidarity policy. This solidarity is more specifically seen in the context of countries in crisis or emerging from a crisis when the aim is to provide our partners with the operational expertise for the restoration of the State’s primary functions and for civil society institutions.

Extending the distribution of knowledge through training and expertise

The provision of technical expertise goes hand in hand with France’s contribution to the training of professionals and trainers in a given sector. This link is all the more important given that the expertise missions are part of a “capacity building” approach. The training of foreign elites enabling the creation of intermediaries with the leaders of tomorrow in beneficiary countries represents considerable influence.

Economic issue

International demand for expertise makes up a highly-competitive market worth tens of billions of euros per year. It involves sectors as varied as health and social security, governance, culture, environment, infrastructures, higher learning and training.

This market is most often seen in the form of calls for tender issued by States, multilateral donors (World Bank, regional development banks, European Commission, etc.), territorial units, cooperation agencies and philanthropic foundations. Beyond the financial issue, the development of normative and regulatory frameworks similar to ours within international organizations and partner administrations favours economic exchanges of French companies.

Eurosocial: regional programme for social cohesion in Latin America

The objective of this European Commission programme is to strengthen dialogue between the European Union and Latin America as regards social cohesion. This initiative mainly involves discussions between the administrations of both regions. The programme’s priority areas are education, health, administration and justice, taxation and employment. Various French institutions are working on these areas in partnership. After four years of work, phase one of the programme was completed in 2010. Phase two begins in spring 2011.

Updated on: June 2011