The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - June 25, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Tourism - Signing ceremony for nine new destination contracts (Paris, June 25, 2015)

◢  Health in the Sahel - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Bill Gates and signing of an agreement between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the French Development Agency and the GAVI Alliance (Paris, June 25, 2015)

◢  Innovation - Final round of Hello Tomorrow Challenge (Paris, June 25)

◢  Mozambique - 40th anniversary of independence (June 25)

 
Tourism - Signing ceremony for nine new destination contracts (Paris, June 25, 2015)

Laurent Fabius presided over the signing ceremony for nine new destination contracts today, in the presence of Martine Pinville, Minister of State for Commerce, Small-Scale Industry, Consumer Affairs and the Social and Solidarity Economy.

Representatives of regional executives, as well as locally and nationally elected representatives attended this ceremony aimed at promoting 9 new destinations: "Provençal lifestyles," "Focus on Louvre-Lens," Brittany, Champagne, Corsica, Guyana, "Paris, the enhanced city," the Pyrenees, and the Dordogne valley." These 9 contracts are in addition to the first 11 contracts signed on December 16.

This initiative, which was announced by Laurent Fabius following the tourism conferences in June 2014, makes it possible to bring all French tourism stakeholders—both public and private—together in order to promote a single regional brand and to provide a more structured tourism sector that has an increased international profile.



Health in the Sahel - Meeting between Laurent Fabius and Bill Gates and signing of an agreement between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the French Development Agency and the GAVI Alliance (Paris, June 25, 2015)

Laurent Fabius will today receive Bill Gates, Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They will notably discuss the challenges of development, health coverage in the countries of the South and the fight against climate disruption.

Laurent Fabius will then preside over the signing of an innovative partnership worth €100 million between the Gates Foundation, the French Development Agency and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) aimed at increasing immunization coverage in 6 French-speaking countries in the Sahel region: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad.

This tripartite financing agreement will facilitate the introduction of new vaccines, the renewal of existing programs and the strengthening of health systems in the countries concerned, where immunization coverage has significantly improved over the past 10 years but the proportion of children who have received a full course of basic immunizations remains inadequate.



Innovation - Final round of Hello Tomorrow Challenge (Paris, June 25)

The final round of the second edition of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge established by researcher Xavier Duportet is being held today in Paris.

This international competition for young startups promotes projects based on high-impact scientific and technological innovations. The competition is open to French and foreign scientists and entrepreneurs under 36 who are working on interdisciplinary projects. The companies that make the finals will present their projects at Paris's Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. Several prizes will be handed out, including €100,000 in funding.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development strives to foster technological and scientific innovation, a major driver of growth and a large part of what makes France attractive to investors. Our diplomatic corps therefore supports 40-some events on five continents connected with the "Hello Tomorrow Challenge."

For more information, visit www.hello-tomorrow.org.



Mozambique - 40th anniversary of independence (June 25)

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mozambique's independence, France offers its congratulations to the authorities and people of that country which, after 16 years of civil war, succeeded in restoring political stability and returning to the path to economic and social development.

Historically a partner of Mozambique, a neighbor to the French islands in the Indian Ocean, France hopes to strengthen its bilateral relations with that country in all areas and to work together to ensure the success of COP21.

It was in this spirit that on March 12, Laurent Fabius received his counterpart, Oldemiro Baloi, and that France will welcome President Filipe Nyusi for an official visit in July.


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