Greetings from the Consul General
Dear fellow citizens, dear friends,
In 2016, the Consulate general of France in Miami will celebrate its 30th anniversary. It officially opened on January 27, 1986.
As you will see over the course of the year, this anniversary will be an opportunity to keep you informed about the French activity in Florida through social media, the Ariadne’s thread being the logo designed for the 30 years of this consulate.
This anniversary is also yours, and that of all of France’s partners and friends in Florida. That is why we invite you to share the messages you will receive, to comment them if you would like to give some feedback, and to participate in this year’s events organized by the consulate, French organizations, Francophone and Francophiles alike throughout 2016. Indeed, France’s influence in Florida and in the close islands of its constituency is first the result of your actions, and for that I thank you.
Since our community doesn’t stop growing, the quality of service rendered to our country’s citizens will continue to be the consulate’s top priority in 2016. With the aim to further improve consular services provided daily by the consulate’s team as well as the Honorary Consuls, we will continue the dematerialization of procedures, including the consular registration and the transfer of the vote by proxy. We will also continue to help our fellow citizens in need.
We will strengthen our local partnerships to ensure the French community’s safety. On all issues, an open dialogue will be maintained with elected officials including representatives, senators, and Consular council members. The consolidation of the educational offer will also remain a priority. Along with the French embassy, the consulate will continue to reinforce the bilingual program by supporting the schools to get the Label France Education. On that same note, any projects that broaden educational opportunities, are encouraged.
Our country’s influence and its actions also rely on a number of partners, associations, local authorities, and cultural institutions. After the unanimous agreement reached at the Paris COP21, we will deepen our efforts to fight against climate change with our partners in Florida. Likewise, the cultural service will continue to promote French creativity, with the “Films on the Beach” festival for instance, and the 2016 edition of Design Miami. It will also support the events of our Franco- Floridian Foundation for the Arts. The promotion of the French language will benefit from the opening of an official exam center at FIU, and the addition of a new partner this year: the French American Society of Miami.
The dynamism of the economic relationship between France and the consulate’s region is also, greatly recognized. From Tallahassee to San Juan, including Orlando, Tampa, Miami, or Jacksonville, you are, within your respective area, the builders of this great bridge. Major French companies have settled down in Florida in 2015. Miami has welcomed the 2nd Worldwide Symposium of the Foreign Trade Advisors of France in the presence of Matthias Fekl, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade. Maison & Objet Americas’ first trade show highlighted French expertise in design.
This year, we will again work in partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce to promote French “savoir-faire” in Florida. After the success of its 8th edition, “French Weeks Miami” will again be a great time to showcase French excellence.
Of course, like all of you, I have not forgotten the difficult moments that we experienced last year after Paris attacks. Our community came together to rally against violence and our Floridian friends stood in support and solidarity with us. At this moment, I would like to keep in mind that the start of a new year calls for a free, open and tolerant world.
On behalf of the consulate, I wish to each and every one of you, personal and professional happiness in this upcoming year!