Paris, 22 September 2022 (TDI): The French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness, and French Nationals Abroad, Olivier Becht, is on a visit to Indo-Pacific countries from 18 September till 27 September 2022.

Minister Becht is visiting three Indo-Pacific countries – Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The Minister delegate’s visit is designed to strengthen the economic pillar of our Indo-Pacific strategy, as that region is vital to the global economy.

Minister Becht will meet with his counterparts and representatives of French businesses in those locations, during the visit.

Along with that, he will commend existing investments and partnerships and will promote new ones. He will also emphasize France’s economic attractiveness to local businesses that might be interested in investing in France.

Agenda for Visit to Australia

In Australia, the Minister Delegate’s visit will reflect France’s shared desire to rebuild a relationship based on trust that would encompass the economic sphere.

France is the third-largest European investor in Australia, especially in the area of urban infrastructure. France also hopes to strengthen scientific and economic cooperation in the field of energy in Australia.

Agenda for Visit to Indonesia

In Indonesia, France wants to support the economic recovery taking place in this country of more than 270 million inhabitants. For this purpose, it is offering expertise in the areas of sustainable energy, digital technology, and urban development in Indonesia.

The Minister Delegate will also attend the meeting of G20 trade ministers in Bali on September 21-23, where he will reaffirm France’s commitment to promoting free and fair trade based on the rules of the multilateral system.

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Agenda for Visit to Singapore 

Singapore has the world’s second-largest port and is the fourth-largest destination for French foreign direct investment (FDI). During his visit, Minister Delegate Becht will discuss opportunities to diversify France’s supply chains, especially for critical metals, in Singapore.