French Defense Minister Hervé Morin unveiled yesterday, 13 December 2007, the ministry’s new strategy to boost French exports of defence and security equipment. The head of the defence procurement agency, DGA, and ranking defence industry representatives attended the event.
The new strategy is based on two main pillars, control and support, and will conform to France’s policies in terms of export controls and of weapons counter-proliferation.
In terms of controls, the ministry plans to:
- reduce processing times for export applications;
- simplify and reduce procedures for industry;
- align France’s list of military equipment with European norms;
- reinforce dialogue with industry, with a special emphasis in favour of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);
- facilitate exchanges with European partners and allies.
In terms of support, the ministry’s action plan focuses on three major initiatives intended to:
- develop a national strategic plan to support defence exports;
- modernize ways of coordinating support measures;
- reorganize procedures for the sale and disposal of surplus and second-hand equipment.
The new strategy unveiled by the Minister of Defence makes the development of defence exports a priority which contributes to France’s dynamic economic activities. It also aims to preserve the country’s industrial and technological base, which is a key factor of national independence, while preserving its know-how and employment levels.