Mr. Philippe Germain’s visit in New Zealand [fr]
Mr. Philippe Germain, President of the Government of New Caledonia, travelled to New Zealand between June, 6th and 10th, 2016. He was leading a delegation of around 20 30 New Caledonian entrepreneurs and representatives of economic institutions, for a visit aimed at developing economic and political relations with New Zealand.
This trip followed the French Prime Minister, Mr. Manuel Valls’ visit to New Zealand on the 1st and 2nd May. Mr. Valls had invited Mr. Germain and Mr. Fritch, respectively President of the Government of New Caledonia and President of French Polynesia, to join in the official visit with the purpose of supporting the increasing integration of the French territories in the Pacific within their regional environment.
In 2016, President Germain has championed the economic diplomacy at the heart of New Caledonia’s regional policy with the aim to diversify the territory’s economy and to develop new drivers of growth (excluding nickel), in particular through the establishment of trade and partnerships.
During the initial first visit on the 1st and 2nd May, meetings between French and New Zealand entrepreneurs were organised. President Germain and Mr. Simon Bridges, New Zealand Minister of transport also signed, in the presence of Mr. Manuel Valls, arrangements which made provisions for the increase to four weekly flight returns between Noumea and Auckland to reach five return flights by 2018.
At the end of the visit, President Germain announced a second visit to New Zealand, which would be planned around the Pacific Energy Conference (Auckland, June 7th)
This second visit was organised around two main focuses:
A business to business focus in Auckland on the 8th and 9th June, where President Germain presented an overview of New Caledonia’s economic diplomacy, which is pivotal to the territory’s regional integration. The President’s introduction was followed by New Caledonian entrepreneurs and representatives of economic institutions.
A political and economic focus on Wellington on the 9th and 10th June, with meetings organised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Primary industries and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
This visit was coordinated by the Delegation of New Caledonia in New Zealand, based at the Embassy of France in Wellington.