Ambassador Barbier presents her credentials to President Jacob Zuma (6 June 2013)
On Thursday 6 June 2013 Ambassador Barbier presented her credentials to President Jacob Zuma at the official guest house in Pretoria. The ceremony is an important and symbolic part of the bilateral relations between France and South Africa. The acceptance of credentials by the President signifies the formal welcoming of Ambassador Barbier to South Africa.
Presentation by Ambassador Elisabeth BARBIER of her credentials
to His Excellency President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa ZUMA
it is indeed a great honour for me to present my credentials to your Excellency.
I am extremely honoured to represent France in South-Africa, a country with which our ties go back a long time in our respective histories, a country with which we enjoy a particularly flourishing relationship since democracy prevailed.
Allow me to add it is also a personal pleasure for me to be appointed as ambassador here, since this is my third assignment to South Africa. It has given me a privileged insight of where South Africa comes from, and its remarkable walk to freedom.
As your Excellency is aware of, President François Hollande is particularly keen to further the dialogue he has personally engaged with you on a number of occasions. He will be happy to pay a state visit to SA at your earliest convenience, and very much looks forward to your presence at the “Elysée summit on peace and security in Africa” in December.
The goals I set myself to achieve in the course of my tenure here will be to enhance our very rich and multi-faceted relationship, and expand our strategic partnership. France prides itself on being one of South Africa’s partner in development, and is eager to support even more your country‘s programs towards sustainable growth and the reduction of inequalities. Amongst the numerous areas which South Africa has prioritized, infrastructures are a sector where French expertise, through its development bank and its companies, can make a difference.
Lastly, let me mention the great success encountered by our very innovative reciprocal “seasons” – the French one here last year, and the South African season which has just begun in France : these are invaluable opportunities of fostering people to people relationships, and thus strengthening cultural, scientific, business and political bonds between our two countries.