The Daily Press Briefing

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


Paris - March 17, 2016
In this issue:

◢  South Korea – Visit by the minister of foreign affairs and international development (March 23-25, 2016)

◢  Development – Meeting between André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, and Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank (March 16, 2016)

◢  Portugal – Visit by Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad (Lisbon - March 17-18, 2016)

◢  Nigeria – Attack in Maiduguri (March 16, 2016)

◢  South Africa / Audiovisual cooperation – Records of the trial of Nelson Mandela (March 17, 2016)

◢  Palestinian Territories – Opening of the cultural event "Gaza inédite" (Paris, Marseille - March 17-21, 2016)

 
South Korea – Visit by the minister of foreign affairs and international development (March 23-25, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will visit South Korea from March 23 to 25 in order to launch the Year of France in Korea. His visit will coincide with the celebration this year of the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

Jean-Marc Ayrault will attend the production by the choreographer José Montalvo performed by the National Dance Company of Korea on March 23 in Seoul, marking the official launch of the Year of France in Korea. He will lead, together with his counterpart, Yun Byung-se, the first session of the French-Korean strategic dialogue on March 24.

The Year of France in Korea, which will focus on creativity and innovation, will run from March to December 2016. More than 200 events are scheduled to take place in Seoul and South Korea's main cities, in areas as diverse as culture, the economy, innovation, academic cooperation, tourism, fine dining and sport.

In addition, South Korea is the guest of honor at the book fair currently taking place in Paris from March 17 to 23.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.ambafrance-kr.org/L-Annee-France-Coree-2015-2016
http://www.livreparis.com/Visiter/Pays-a-lhonneur/



Development – Meeting between André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, and Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank (March 16, 2016)

André Vallini, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, received Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank, on March 16, 2016, in order to prepare for the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, which he will attend in April in Washington.

André Vallini and Sri Mulyani Indrawati took stock of the programs to support refugees, especially in the countries bordering Syria. They underscored the importance of the effective and swift implementation of the sustainable development goals and the Paris Climate Agreement and of simplifying the procedures for accessing World Bank funds for the most vulnerable countries.



Portugal – Visit by Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad (Lisbon - March 17-18, 2016)

Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Lisbon on March 17 and 18 for the 4th French-Portuguese Economic Conference organized by the Embassy of France, the foreign trade advisers and the Portuguese-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

France is Portugal's third largest supplier and second largest customer; more than 600 French subsidiaries operate in this country in all sectors of the economy.

Matthias Fekl will deliver a speech alongside Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Portugal's Economy Minister, during the closing session of this conference and will talk about our bilateral economic relations and issues at stake in the trade negotiations currently underway.

He will meet with Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, during the culinary arts competition awards ceremony at the Lisbon Tourism and Hospitality Management School within the framework of the "Goût de France" operation. He will also meet with Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, Secretary of State for Infrastructure

In addition, the minister of state will meet with the French community established in Portugal.



Nigeria – Attack in Maiduguri (March 16, 2016)

France condemns the attack of March 16 on a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, which left some 20 people dead and as many injured.

We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and to the Nigerian authorities.

France supports Nigeria and its neighbors in the fight against terrorist violence, which continues to affect the lives of millions of people in the Lake Chad basin.



South Africa / Audiovisual cooperation – Records of the trial of Nelson Mandela (March 17, 2016)

The president of the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel and France's ambassador to South Africa will officially present the South African minister of arts and culture with the last group of sound recordings from the trial of Nelson Mandela and the leaders of the African National Congress (the Rivonia Trial), which were restored and digitized in France.

Featuring 230 hours of audio, these recordings are a unique record of South Africa's history and the fight for human dignity. The return of this last set is the final step in the digitization of a collection that has been part of UNESCO's Memory of the World register since 2007.

France is pleased to contribute in this way to the preservation of this extraordinary South African and universal heritage. This cooperation will continue thanks to today's signing of an agreement to restore and digitize the archives from other apartheid-era trials.



Palestinian Territories – Opening of the cultural event "Gaza inédite" (Paris, Marseille - March 17-21, 2016)

Running from March 17 through 21 in Paris and Marseille, "Gaza inédite" ("Gaza as you've never seen it before") presents a series of cultural events exploring history, contemporary challenges, film, music and the visual arts.

Organized by the Institut Français de Jérusalem and the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, "Gaza inédite" invites the public to join scholars, journalists, diplomats, artists, humanitarian workers, political leaders, and Palestinian, French and international citizens at round-table discussions, screenings and performances in order to reflect on the challenges currently facing Arab societies, and particularly Gaza. This series looks at Gaza's cultural, artistic and scientific vitality, and the role France plays there through its cultural network.

"Gaza inédite" will be inaugurated at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris on Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m. by France's consul-general in Jerusalem, and by the Institut Français. Events will be held at the library of the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales and at the Institut des Cultures d'Islam until March 19, and then at Marseille's Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée on March 21.

The complete program is posted on http://institutfrancais-jerusalem.org/a-la-une/gaza-inedite/.


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