The relationship between South Australia and France is set to deepen following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Premier Jay Weatherill and French Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier.

French Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier

The MoU paves the way for Team SA and Team France to work more closely and formalise co-operation in a number of areas including education, research and development, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, agriculture, healthcare, tourism and the arts.

The main objectives of this work is to create clear pathways for mutual flows of private sector investment and build industry development.

The links between the two will also be strengthened by arrangements at the state, regional and municipal levels. Major steps have already been taken in this direction with Britany and the city of Cherbourg in Normandy.

His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier said facilitating two way investment and economic ties is a common objective.

“Beyond the links established in the context of the submarines project, it is important that we develop our cooperation across a number of other areas,” said Mr Lecourtier.

“This agreement brings together all the relevant French actors both in Australia and in France to reach these goals.”

Team SA was formed by the State Government after French company DCNS won the bid to build Australia’s next generation submarines in Adelaide.

It consists of key South Australian bodies including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Department of State Development, Defence SA, Investment Attraction SA and business chamber Business SA.

Team France is an informal body gathering all French institutions supporting French business in Australia (the Embassy of France, Business France, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce, French Foreign Trade Advisors in Australia, and the Honorary Consul of France in Adelaide).