New Caledonia Government’s Economic Diplomacy Mission in Australia
Hon. Christopher GYGES, New Caledonia’s Government Spokesperson, Minister in charge of the economy, foreign trade, taxation and energy, will carry out an economic diplomacy mission to Australia from 2 to 6 March.
At the request of the Minister’s Office, the New Caledonia Delegation in Australia, based at the French Embassy in Canberra, has, in collaboration with the Australian Consulate General in Noumea and the Pacific Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, drawn up a program of visits meeting the expectations of the Minister.
The Minister will head a 11-member delegation comprising an elected representative of the South Province, two of his counsellors, the counsellor for External Relations to the President of the South Province, representatives of the New Caledonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI NC) and of the NCT&I "Export" cluster, as well as the Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, based at the French Embassy in Canberra.
The priorities of the visit are, in addition to strengthening the bilateral political dialogue, to identify business opportunities in various sectors of interest to New Caledonia and Australia, with the aim of developing economic and commercial agreements and partnerships (medium to long term). The themes addressed during the mission will be those of import-export, tourism, services, innovation, construction and energy. The mission will be divided into three segments :
(i) The Canberra segment, of an institutional nature, with :
a ministerial meeting requested from one of the three cabinets, that of Simon BIRMINGHAM, Minister for Economic Affairs, Tourism and Investment, that of Andrew GEE, Deputy Minister to the Minister for Trade and Investment, or that of Alex HAWKE, Minister for International Development and the Pacific ;
a business lunch with the French Ambassador to Australia, Christophe PENOT, accompanied by the Head of the Embassy’s Regional Economic Service ;
a meeting with Andrew BARR, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ;
(ii) The Sydney segment, of an economic nature, where the member of the Government of New Caledonia will meet, after a protocol visit to the Consul General of France, French key players in the economic-commercial and investment sectors (Business France, Counsellors for Foreign Trade, FR-AUS Chamber of Commerce (FACCI NSW, Cabinet Baker &McKenzie), as well as tourism (Aircalin, New Caledonia Tourism AUS, tour operators selling the NC destination). Lastly, discussions will be held with representatives of two Australian airlines and one cruise line to discuss theirs strategies vis-à-vis the Pacific region in general and New Caledonia in particular ;
(iii) The Brisbane segment, with an institutional segment highlighted by an appointment with the Premier of the Queensland State, Annastacia PALASZCZUK, or her representative. The commercial aspect of the visit will be raised during a meeting with Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ). Lastly, Mr GYGES will be the guest of honour at the conference "New Caledonia energy projects : from coal to renewables" organised by the FR-AUS Chamber of Commerce (FACCI QLD).
Government Spokeperson, Minister for Economy and Economic Recovery Measures, Foreign Trade, Taxation, Energy, the Digital Economy, the Economy of the Sea, Ageing and Solidarity Policies