The 2012/09/24 at 13:29
Nicole Bricq, French Minister for Foreign Trade, and the country's Regional Presidents, met together on 18 September to confirm their desire to act together to reach the national objective of absorbing foreign trade deficit excluding energy – 26 billion euros – in the space of five years. The Minister will be presenting, in October, a strategy to define the national recovery action framework, namely by matching the French trade offer with geographical priorities. Sound coordination with regional strategies is necessary for arriving at quick results. Conforming to commitments undertaken on 12 September during a meeting with the President of the French Republic, Nicole Bricq is choosing to rely on regional authorities that have a detailed understanding of their own industrial fabrics, their SMEs and intermediate-sized enterprises, recognising the regions as pilots of export in their territories.
Among the numerous bases of this partnership, mention can be made of the fact that the regional authorities are to develop, by 31 March 2013, regional plans for the internationalisation of businesses. They will be setting objectives and associated actions, and will be organising, on their territory, export support measures, by gathering all players concerned (French Public Investment Bank including the regional networks of UBIFRANCE, CCIs, competitiveness clusters). In addition, the State and the regional authorities, in conjunction with other export partners, will be working to optimise French presence overseas. Complementarities will be developed between regional bases and the UBIFRANCE network overseas. This new dynamic will be translated by a greater presence in the agency's Management Board. Moreover, the State and regional authorities will be suggesting that their other partners review the national framework and the National Export Charter on the basis of these new orientations. In conjunction with other local players, the regions can take, if they so wish, the initiative to modify regional export conventions.
The historic partners of the French Export Team, the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI France) and French CCIs Abroad (UCCIFE), are enthusiastic about the objective that the Regions of France and the Minister for Foreign Trade have set themselves, according to a press release dated 24 September. While reminding of their own roles in promoting France's foreign trade and coordinating businesses, the Chambers also recalled their own commitments "to strengthen strategic piloting by Regions, to support a privileged target of enterprises in particular, not merely first-time exporters, but high potentials, by focusing human and financial means on these enterprises and by setting up homogeneous long-term support procedures; to target in priority all countries where growth is strong; finally to commit to being accountable".
To conclude, the CCIs are keen to underline that they nevertheless remain vigilant about "the readability of the measures that will be set up. They will keep watch to ensure that they do not generate too many overlapping actions and structures and that the requirement for sound field knowledge be maintained. What should be pursued is a quest for the effectiveness of measures, and the necessary preservation of national coherency of actions".