Economy, Culture, Education, and Security: Guiding Topics for the Annual Consular Reunion
Throughout the course of two days—May 3rd and May 4th—the Honorary Consuls of this constituency were joined by French Foreign Trade advisors, the Minister Counselor for Regional Economic Affairs, the President of the New York bureau for Invest in France, and a representative of Ubifrance and of course representatives of the three franco-american chambers of commerce of Florida to engage in an exchange on various economic themes.
Later, in order to address the cultural and educational agenda, members of the «France Florida Foundation for the Arts» met them as well.
On Saturday, May 4th, in the presence of several Counselors of the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad and local organization representatives, members of the «Security Committee» of this Consulate exchanged with the team of the Consular Affairs.
On May 3rd and May 4th, as is usually arranged each year for the diplomatic representatives of France abroad, the French Consulate in Miami gathered the different constituencies of associated networks and volunteers supporting their action in Florida and in the surrounding Caribbean islands.
These two days marked the commencement of fruitful exchange between the different stakeholders present to the meeting—predominantly on the agenda topics of economy, culture, education and security.
As such, on the topic of economy, the Honorary Consuls of this consular district, who are the key local representatives of the consulate, were joined by a number of major actors, including: the Minister-Counselor of Regional Economic Affairs, the French foreign trade advisers, the President of the New York bureau for Invest in France, a representative of Ubifrance, and of course, the representatives of the three binational chambers of commerce in Florida.
The themes of investment and economic monitoring were central to the agenda of these meetings—«Economic diplomacy» being one of the priorities for French interests and actions abroad.
The Honorary Consuls of the region and members of different organizations that work to promote and develop local economies, are in this regard the key essential actors that enable the Consulate to become better acquainted with local French and American economic actors.
Culture et éducation
In the presence of the Service for Cultural Cooperation and Action of Miami, members of the France Florida Foundation for the Arts (FFFA) interchanged ideas for various projects currently being pursued by the Foundation—similar to those realized under the frame of the 450th anniversary of French presence in the State of Florida.
The occassion of these meetings also enabled the participants to identify the next step for this work in progress.
The second component of this reunion focused on university cooperation and the importance for the Consulate to display appropriate tools in French and in English listing its services.
These tools, significantly undertaken by the Honorary Consuls, also have the aim of marking the numerous partnerships, fostered on a scientific level, between French establishments and local universities. Similar to that of economic level partnerships, the theme carries on efforts to pursue outside of the city of Miami.
On May 4th, still in the presence of the Honorary Consuls along with three of the five elected Counselors of the Assembly for French Citizens Abroad, the correspondents of the "Security Committe" of this Consulate and representatives from local associations were invited to join ongoing discussions.
The recently nominated Honorary Consul of the Cayman Islands, Mr. Sebastien Guilbart attended for the first time this meeting focusing on the mandate attributed to the Honorary consul.
Updated on a regular basis, the website of the French Consulate provide information in French on precautionary measures. It indicates also the sources of information made available to the public in times of crisis.
Article published May 16, 2013.