The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 10, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group (Washington, DC - April 10-12, 2019)

◢  Algeria

 
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne's participation in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group (Washington, DC - April 10-12, 2019)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is taking part in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington from April 10 to 12.

During these meetings, the minister of state will reaffirm France's goals with respect to development, which will be reflected by draft legislation on guidelines and programming with the goal of increasing official development assistance to 0.55% of gross national income by 2022, as set out by President Macron.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will also present the objectives of the French presidency of the G7, which are focused on the reduction of inequalities around the world. He will outline the priorities for the meeting of the G7 Development Minister's Meeting, as well as for their joint meeting with the ministers of education due to take place on July 4 and 5 in Paris:

  • preventing crises and addressing fragility in the Sahel;
  • creating decent employment for rural youth and combating malnutrition in the Sahel;
  • strengthening the World Bank's activities in the Sahel;
  • funding for sustainable development;
  • vocational training in order to foster empowerment and social and professional integration, and girls' access to education.

During this visit, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will meet with David Malpass, the new president of the World Bank and Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, to discuss the importance of our support for multilateralism as well as the major challenges of climate change and the protection of biodiversity.

Together with David Malpass and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, he will take part in a Development Committee lunch, where the overall status of macroeconomic challenges facing emerging and developing countries will be reviewed.

The minister of state will also meet with USAID Administrator Mark Green, with whom he will discuss the reform of our development policy, in terms of method as well as resources.

This visit will also provide an opportunity for the minister of state to meet with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss the major issues relating to transatlantic trade relations and the reform of the World Trade Organization.



Algeria

What is your response to the refusal to renew the residence permit of the AFP bureau chief in Algeria? This is on top of the expulsion of Reuters and TRT journalists a few weeks ago.

We regret this decision and reaffirm our attachment to the freedom of the press and the protection of journalists everywhere.


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