Trade mission in San Diego

February Trade Mission Will Further Unite Southern California and the South of France

A high-profile trade mission from the south of France will visit the Greater San Diego Area during the renowned Oceanology International trade show as part of a long-standing initiative to bring the two major economies closer together.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur delegation will be led by Bernard Deflesselles, who serves as both the Regional Vice-President in charge of international relations and the President of the Regional Economic Development Agency (ARII PACA). The trade mission, which runs from February 13 to 16, 2017, will be the occasion to meet with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and finalize the partnership project that will increase economic and institutional cooperation.

One of the most noteworthy appointments on the mission agenda is Oceanology International, the world’s leading marine sciences and ocean technology conference and exhibition. The conference, which is being held in North America for the first time, provides insights into the latest marine technology and privileged access to marine-related markets. Marine industries are the leading employer in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and the sector represents an exceptional opportunity for growth and development.

The San Diego trade mission is part of Regional President Christian Estrosi’s ambitious program to enhance the international reputation and economic attractiveness of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The mission will include prominent representatives from the economic development agencies ARII PACA, Provence Promotion and Team Côte d’Azur, the Pôle Eurobiomed and the Pôle Mer Méditerranée clusters, influential maritime companies, and top regional universities.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and San Diego already enjoy an important working relationship known as the South Alliance. This initiative, coordinated by ARII PACA, brought together complimentary economic interests from key sectors such as health sciences and marine tech. Over the past two years, numerous bilateral projects have come to fruition including two significant cooperation agreements, one between the Pôle Mer Méditerranée and the Cluster Maritime Alliance and the other between the Pôle Eurobiomed and the Biocom life sciences cluster. As well, companies from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur such as OZ Biosciences and Neuroservice have opened offices in southern California while San Diego companies such as Abreos Biosciences and CVAC have opened offices in the south of France.

Along with the finalization of the new partnership agreement between Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the City of San Diego, the current trade mission will see the signature of a BlueTech Cluster Alliance international partnership agreement and further develop important collaborations such as the relationship between the Pôle Mer Méditerranée and The Maritime Alliance.