San Diego and the South of France region signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday to build on growing commercial connections.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Bernard Deflesselles, regional vice president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, signed the agreement in a ceremony at the San Diego Central Library.
Stretching from the Italian border to the Mediterranean Sea, the PACA region has a population of five million people and includes the cities of Marseille and Nice.
San Diego and PACA share similar industries such as biotech, defense, aerospace, software development, cleantech, bluetech and tourism.
“San Diego and the PACA region have so much in common: our biotech, our tourism, our trade,” said Faulconer, describing the agreement as a “road map to new opportunities.”
Speaking through a translator, Deflesselles said the agreement “brings two regions together around emerging technology.”
The main objective of the collaboration is to boost business development between both regions to encourage efficient and long-term partnerships by :
- Welcoming French companies in San Diego
- Promoting France and the South Region to the San Diego local business network
- Helping California companies to develop their business and expand in France
- Organizing events that will encourage the business community to foster partnerships
- Increasing communication between both regions