Geographical priorities

The diplomatic network supports and accompanies all French actors abroad: enterprises, civil society, professionals…

The naturally diverse geographic orientations of the various French expertise agencies must be in line with France’s foreign policy and must be coordinated by the MAEE in order to help defend the national interests.

  • Emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, etc.) and those from the Arabian/Persian Gulf are growing financers of expertise in several key areas: health and social protection, urban planning, environment and energy, modernization of the State, territorial governance, implementation of the rule of law, higher education and research, and culture.
  • The Mediterranean basin and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe receive specific European Commission financing under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IAP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). These financing mechanisms offer a real opportunity for French expertise agencies.
Institutional twinnings

Institutional twinning is an administrative cooperation instrument which was introduced by the European Commission in 1998 for European Union accession countries. It offers the expertise of public bodies from Member States to support the transposition of European legislation into national law, to help draw up the necessary reforms and to train officials from institutions in the beneficiary countries.

This tool also became an instrument:

  • for cooperation and strengthening institutions;
  • for supporting new Member States;
  • for forging closer ties between the European Union and partner States which do not intend to become members in the near future.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa and "La Francophonie": The French government has strongly reiterated and implemented France’s solidarity towards these countries which are a priority for the MAEE, technical ministries and public bodies.
  • In countries which are in crisis and emerging from a crisis where urgent reconstruction is on everybody’s agenda, multilateral donors (the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations, etc.) and the major philanthropic foundations provide most of the funding for the expertise services. It is important to position French expertise in State rebuilding, health, governance, infrastructure and education in these markets.

Strategy of influence and international organizations

With almost 10% of the executive positions within the United Nations System, France is second only to the United States and holds the first place in the category of administrator posts in the European Union. The French presence within the international organizations must, however, be better used and networked as it is there that globalization is regulated, rules are drawn up and terms of reference for multilateral calls for tender are agreed.

Updated on: June 2011