Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 22, 2015)

 

• Tourism – Meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council devoted to the hotel industry, investment and specialized tourism (Paris, January 21, 2015)
• Economic diplomacy – Climate – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the World Economic Forum (Davos, January 22, 2015)
• Ukraine – Shelling of a trolleybus in Donetsk (January 22, 2015)
• South Sudan – Tanzania – Reconciliation agreement in Arusha (January 21, 2015)
 

Tourism – Meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council devoted to the hotel industry, investment and specialized tourism (Paris, January 21, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, yesterday chaired a Tourism Promotion Council session devoted to the hotel industry, investment, business tourism and shopping tourism.

The rapporteurs identified three focus areas after hearing the views of professionals (hoteliers, investors, representatives of small business owners as well as major stores, conference organizers and law enforcement officials in particular):

- laying the groundwork for expanding accommodation capacity in major urban areas and improving the distribution of accommodation across the country, notably in areas where a shortfall has been identified despite international demand, as for example in the Cognac and Champagne regions; 

- defining a strategy for winning more exhibition contracts and facilitating participants’ stays in order to boost business tourism;

- enhancing the customer experience of tourists through several measures including the opening of stores on Sundays and in the evenings – which would, according to the rapporteurs, be invaluable. We also need to facilitate visa procedures for tourists, ensure their safety and help them to consume.

The next meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council is scheduled to take place on February 18 and will be devoted to hospitality, the media and communication.

 

Economic diplomacy – Climate – Mr. Laurent Fabius’s participation in the World Economic Forum (Davos, January 22, 2015)

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today participate in the 45th edition of the World Economic Forum devoted to the new global environment.

On this occasion, he will meet with international business leaders brought together by Muriel Pénicaud, Ambassador for International Investment and Director-General of Business France. This meeting will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the efforts to attract businesses to France and to support our exports. The recent success of “French Tech” at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show reflected the vitality and creativity of French industry.

For more information, please visit: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/economic-diplomacy-foreign-trade/

In Davos, Mr. Laurent Fabius will also meet - together with President Hollande - with representatives of major companies in emerging countries and the United States in order to discuss climate disruption.

 

Ukraine – Shelling of a trolleybus in Donetsk (January 22, 2015)

Following the ministerial meeting in Berlin in the Normandy format (France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia), which reaffirmed the urgent need for the withdrawal of heavy weapons on both sides of the demarcation line mentioned in the Minsk protocol, France expresses its dismay at the death of 13 civilians following the shelling of a trolleybus in Donetsk.

It again calls on the parties to immediately implement in good faith the provisions agreed upon in Minsk and in Berlin.

Do you have any comment about yesterday’s meeting in the Normandy format in Berlin?

Following yesterday’s meeting in Berlin, Mr. Laurent Fabius stated:

“This meeting did not resolve all the problems, but it did allow us to reach an agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons on both sides of the line of contact agreed upon in Minsk on September 19. The trilateral contact group will meet in the coming days in order to implement this withdrawal. The ministers will then subsequently advise about the possible summit in Astana, depending on compliance with this measure and the ceasefire.”

 

South Sudan – Tanzania – Reconciliation agreement in Arusha (January 21, 2015)

France welcomes the signing on January 21 of the reconciliation agreement by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Arusha. This agreement is an important step toward a lasting solution to a conflict that has resulted in the displacement of almost 2 million people in South Sudan over the past year.

We welcome the involvement of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and the revolutionary party and their support for the mediation efforts of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in the conclusion of this agreement.

France calls on the parties to the conflict to immediately implement all of their commitments, notably the cessation of hostilities and the establishment of a transitional government of national unity.