Our office in Paris was established in November 2018. It has three members of staff - a Head of Office, a Deputy Head of Office and an Office and Events Manager. It is co-located with the Scottish Development International team in Paris and is based at the British Embassy.
Paris is the most recent addition to our external network, alongside Ottawa. Our key priorities are ensuring the office is set up well and building excellent working relationships with stakeholders across France and Scotland. Our work this year will be strongly affected by the impact in France - and on Franco-Scottish relations - of the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Priorities for 2019 to 2020
- demonstrating that we remain committed partners in Europe, delivering a strong programme of events, ministerial visits and other engagements with French interlocutors and identifying strategic opportunities for synergies and productive future connections
- working closely with Scottish Development International (SDI) to showcase Scottish businesses and their services and products in France and to develop strategic relationships with French business partners to promote Scotland as an attractive location for inward investment
- building on Scotland’s already strong reputation in France, for example, by promoting a stronger cultural relationship based on our shared cultural heritage and engaging with Scottish diaspora and partners in France to develop long-term networks
- working with partners, ensuring that Scotland's reputation as a global leader for innovation, research and development is well understood in France and identifying opportunities to strengthen Scotland’s collaboration with French universities and research institutes