Meeting with students: French perspective on Hong Kong economy & diplomatic relations
Who are inside consulates working on what? It might not be obvious in daily life but it can somehow be demystified. A student-organized programme ‘Demystify International Exchange Program’, aiming at inspiring participants on diplomatic and economic development in Hong Kong and China, knocks the door of a few companies and consulates in Hong Kong for visits and conversations.
The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau received this exchange group on 25 June 2014 and held a meeting on the topic ‘the diplomatic and economic development between France and Hong Kong’. The Consul General Mr Arnaud Barthélémy, together with the Consul for Culture, Education and Science Ms Anne Denis-Blanchardon, presented on the French presence and development in different aspects in Hong Kong society.
The presentation was followed by an interesting discussion session which is at the same time outstretching in terms of themes and narrowing in terms of distance between the consuls and the students. The diverse group, comprising 25 students of 9 nationalities from 8 universities, posed questions about current affairs over different continents and brought forward contexts of their countries.
Mr Consul General tackled questions from diplomatic crisis to French eateries in Hong Kong. Some students are interested in doing a postgraduate degree in business in France and inquired about certain institutions’ reputation and recognition in other parts of the world. A student envisages a career in the diplomatic field and asked how the consuls perceived their job. Both Mr Barthélémy and Ms Denis-Blanchardon responded very positively, pointing out that the geographical mobility brought by the job enriches and enhances oneself and that the variety of the job is highly enjoyable.