South Australia’s relationship with France is continuing to flourish on the back of several recent successes.
The State Government has worked with partners to:
- Hold the first-ever South Australian-French Tertiary Education and Research Workshop to address future workforce development training and skills challenges, and opportunities to nurture relationships between Australian and French stakeholders in the $50 billion Future Submarine contract
- Bring together some of Australia’s best and brightest entrepreneurial minds, with 48 PhD students competing in the inaugural Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge in Adelaide, designing an innovative start-up concept in just 24 hours
- Host the State’s first French Australian Chamber of Commerce business forum, with more than 100 Australian and French business leaders hearing about innovation and technology – particularly investment and trade opportunities in sectors including energy and defence.
A number of French companies are boosting investment in South Australia, with French software giant Dassault Systemes planning to open an Adelaide office and French windfarm developer Neoen to partner with Tesla and the State Government to install the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia.
These are just some of the ways South Australia is tapping in to business, social and cultural means to continue to strengthen its connection with France.
They link to the State Government’s French Engagement Strategy, which identifies and fosters opportunities for investment and industry development in areas including trade, education, tourism, culture and sports.