Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris - September 28, 2016)
• Lebanon – Visit by Matthias Fekl (September 28-29, 2016)
• French-Ghanaian cooperation – Public-private partnerships and sustainable cities
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will deliver the inaugural address to the Paris Ecole des affaires internationales de Sciences-Po today at 5:30 pm at the invitation of its dean, former head of the Italian government, Enrico Letta, and President of Sciences Po Frédéric Mion.
Jean-Marc Ayrault will present the challenges facing our diplomatic policy and its priorities, notably with respect to the situation in Syria and European issues. He will then respond to questions raised by students from more than 100 countries.
This lecture is open to the press. It will also be broadcast live on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Science Po.
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Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Beirut from September 28 to 29.
During this visit, he will inaugurate, alongside the chairman of the Mission Laïque Française, the renovated premises of the Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais in Beirut. For more than a century, this prestigious institution has been a symbol of the importance attached to the teaching of the French language in Beirut and to its appeal. 3,500 students are currently enrolled in the school from kindergarten to 12th grade.
On this occasion, the minister of state will also meet with French and Lebanese economic decision-makers at the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires. Since its establishment, thanks to very close French-Lebanese cooperation, this school has become the higher education institution of choice throughout the region for business and economic training courses.
While Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, visited France on September 27, the Embassy of France in Ghana, Business France and the Institut français will host a seminar on public-private partnerships and sustainable cities in Accra from September 29 to 30.
Although Ghana has development indicators that are higher than average for countries on the African continent, it continues to have significant infrastructure needs. Financing this infrastructure will in future be increasingly reliant on public-private partnerships, while cities will be dependent on a comprehensive, sustainable approach to development. Presenting French capabilities in this area therefore makes perfect sense.
On the first day, five French companies (Veolia, Engie, Schneider Electric, Bouygues-Hôpitaux de Paris and Bolloré) will each present a flagship project with an emphasis on sustainable development and renewable energy in particular. A forum will be held the next day culminating in a presentation of one of the 3D sustainable city simulators developed by Vivapolis, a network established to promote the export of French expertise in this field. This presentation will launch discussions between French and Ghanaian architects and urban planners.