Strengthening Economic Cooperation with Australia

04 May 2021

In person or by videoconference, many entrepreneurs participated in the event organized in Brisbane.

New Caledonia was in the spotlight at the "New-Caledonia Energy and Mining Update" hybrid press conference organized by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI). The event gathered more than 60 participants, including a majority of Australian entrepreneurs, on Wednesday April 28 in Brisbane.

Hosted remotely by local representatives from the industry and energy sectors, this conference was an opportunity to promote the innovative qualities of the New Caledonian market. Christopher Gygès opened the discussions with a presentation of the projects underway to make the country more attractive to neighboring investors, such as the "Nickel Initiative", the energy transition plan, and the implementation of the Choose NC platform. "New Caledonia has a strong desire to strengthen its bilateral relations, particularly in the areas of economic cooperation, energy, investment and the maritime economy," said the government member in charge of the economy, foreign trade and energy. "We have also made this request concrete in a letter sent to Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland "

  A reciprocal wish confirmed by Yves Lafoy,  Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, who reminded us of the strong relationship that has united these two countries for eighty years. 

Promising Exchanges

The conference continued with presentations from the mining and energy sectors. Each in turn, the representatives of Prony Resources, SLN and Enercal took stock of existing cooperation with Australia and drew up a list of their respective human and material needs. These data will then be synthesized by the FACCI and returned to Australian companies wishing to collaborate with New Caledonian industries. This project seems to be off to a good start as the entrepreneurs present asked many questions related to possible local partnerships, investment regulations and the granting of work visas.