Visit by Min Idrac, French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade

The Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Ms Anne-Marie Idrac, visited South Africa from 28 to 30 May 2009.

During the visit - the first by a member of the French government since the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma - Minister Idrac participated in a Franco-South African high-level conference on energy. At this conference a substantial number of French and South African companies as well as South African government officials from the spheres of energy and electricity, were brought together to engage on the priorities shared by both South Africa and France, in particular energy self-sufficiency, the stability of electricity prices in the longterm and the need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Min Idrac was thereafter welcomed at the Gautrain construction site, accompanied by Min Bheki Nkosi, Gauteng MEC for Transport, Jack van der Merwe, Gautrain project leader and other companies involved in this project.

A trade finance deal of R360 million was signed between the French Development Agency (AFD)/Proparco and the Industrial Development Corporation in the presence of Minister Idrac. This partnership between AFD and the IDC illustrates France’s commitment to provide support to priority sectors in South Africa, such as the creation of small- and medium-sized enterprises, skills transfer and the improvement of public service delivery.

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Gert Gouws, chief financial officer of the IDC, with Min Anne-Marie Idrac
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The French Ambassador, Denis Pietton, with Min Idrac and Neliswe Magubane, director-general at the Department of Energy
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Min Idrac at the Gautrain site with Bheki Nkosi, Gauteng MEC for Transport and Jack van der Merwe of the Gautrain project
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Min Anne-Marie Idrac, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade
Photographer: Irchad Razaaly

publie le 16/07/2014

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