South Australia and France are marking a major milestone this week, notching up one year of the Team SA-Team France partnership.
Team SA-Team France was formed in November 2016 to further opportunities and nurture relationships between the main Australian and French stakeholders in the $50 billion Future Submarine contract. Each team is made up of government, business and industry representatives – with a focus on driving mutually beneficial economic and cultural collaborations.
The past year has seen a number of activities flow from this partnership, including a successful first year of a French curriculum at South Australia’s Highgate School and several major events being held in Adelaide including an entrepreneurship challenge, a tertiary education and research workshop, and a French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Pol Mer business forum.
In another boon to South Australia’s relationship with France, our State has recently welcomed French delegations and signed several agreements.
In November, a 20-strong delegation from France’s Normandy region toured Adelaide’s shipbuilding facilities. The region has entered into an agreement with South Australia that will help school students embark on a Franco-Australian school career recognised by both jurisdictions. The agreement was struck to meet the needs of South Australian families which have relocated to Normandy, one of the industrial sites of Naval Group (formerly DCNS) in France, and the French families that have moved to Adelaide to work for Naval Group Australia.
In addition, the State Government has signed an agreement with the Ambassador of France to Australia that focuses on exchanges in scientific research. This means South Australian researchers and PhD students will benefit from joint funding to take part in French mobility programs and workshops.
South Australia also welcomed the Mayor of French port city Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in November, who signed an agreement with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield to generate strong opportunities for economic development and cooperation.
For more information about South Australia’s relationship with France and the State’s French Engagement Strategy, visit www.sa.gov.au/friendswithfrance.