Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, minister of state attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be in Bouches-du-Rhône today for a visit devoted to supporting foreign trade and tourism.
To support foreign trade, Mr. Lemoyne is establishing a one-stop shop for exporters in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. He will preside over the signing of an agreement establishing a new partnership between the region, which has expanded authority for economic development, the regional chamber of commerce and industry (CCI), and Business France, the state operator for foreign trade. Christophe Lecourtier, the CEO of Business France, and Roland Gomez, president of CCI Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, will attend the signing ceremony. This agreement solidifies the commitment of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to promote closer ties between Business France and the regions.
Thanks to the establishment of “Team Sud Export,” companies can now receive export assistance that is both streamlined and close-by. The establishment of a regional “one-stop shop” reflects the Prime Minister’s pledge in Roubaix on February 23 to make the system for receiving government support more comprehensible, simpler and more effective, with the aim of bringing the number of French exporters to 200,000 by 2022.
During the visit to France by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mr. Lemoyne will take part in a ceremony in Marignane marking the delivery to Hong Kong of the first H175 helicopters, the fruit of French-Chinese cooperation.
With respect to tourism, Mr. Lemoyne is bringing together local tourism officials at the prefecture. The improvement in tourist numbers in Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur for 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 is continuing for summer 2018, with a 6% increase expected for international arrivals. The minister and the tourism professionals will review the Provence brand that includes 25 contributing financial partners. They will discuss the increase in cruise ships and expansion of the port of Marseille as well as the improvement of connectivity in Marseille, in line with airline connectivity considerations discussed at the tourism steering committee meeting on June 4 at the Quai d’Orsay, attended by Jean-Yves Le Drian.