South Australia has become the first state in Australia to establish a permanent presence in France, with Premier Jay Weatherill officially opening an office in Paris.

The establishment of the office demonstrates the increasingly close relationship between South Australia and France and will help promote SA as an attractive place to do business, invest, live and work.

The new office will be headed by Corinne Namblard, the South Australian representative in France.

She will be supported by the Office of the Agent-General in London and by the French Strategy team in Adelaide.

Premier Jay Weatherill addressed the official opening event at the Australian Embassy in Paris on Tuesday night (France time), with guests including Australia’s Ambassador to France Stephen Brady and France’s Ambassador to Australia Christophe Penot.

Background

Shortly after the announcement French company DCNS (now Naval Group) had been awarded the Future Submarines contract, the Premier committed to establish a South Australian office in France.

After an extensive global search, Corinne Namblard was selected to represent South Australia in France.

A resident of Paris, Ms Namblard has lived in South Australia and has an extensive knowledge of both the South Australian and French business environments.

She is a former member of the Economic Development Board.

The opening of the office follows the Premier signing a sister region agreement with the President of Brittany.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

We’re the only Australian State to have a permanent presence in France, which demonstrates the scale of our ambition and just how much France means to us.

The office will have a range of tasks, but fundamentally, its role will be to generate and support two-way trade and investment, to raise our profile in France and to strengthen cultural ties.