A view of Mayotte
10 July 2019

The Trajectoire outre-mer 5.0 (Overseas Trajectory 5.0) is well under way

The Head of State, the Prime Minister and eight ministers met on 8 July 2019 with representatives of the overseas local authorities at the Ministry for Overseas France. They signed the Overseas Trajectory 5.0 charter of commitment as well as contrats de convergence et de transformation (convergence and transformation agreements), presented in April in keeping with post-COP21 action.
 

Signing of the Overseas Trajectory 5.0 charter of commitment

With the executive presidents of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, La Réunion Island, Martinique, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Prime Minister signed the Overseas Trajectory 5.0 charter of commitment, at the Ministry for Overseas France, in the presence of Annick Girardin, Minister for Overseas France. The President of French Polynesia also signed the charter of commitment.

Announced by the Prime Minister in February, the Overseas Trajectory 5.0 defines a new way of building the French Overseas territories of tomorrow by inviting decision-makers, elected representatives, businesses and citizens to design a sustainable future in Overseas France. It aims to orient all public policies towards the challenges of sustainable development in Overseas France by 2030 and is structured around 5 objectives:
1. Zero carbon: “low-carbon" territories
2. Zero waste: economical, even resource-conserving societies
3. Zero agricultural pollutant: populations protected from pollution and chemicals
4. Zero exclusion: inclusive societies fighting against all forms of exclusion
5. Zero vulnerability: resilient territories in the face of climate change and natural risks.

The Overseas Trajectory 5.0 thus reflects a new way of building the French Overseas territories of tomorrow and provides a sustainable framework for the implementation of public policies of the Livre bleu outre-mer (Overseas Blue Book), presented at the end of the Assises des outre-mer (Overseas Conference) in June 2018.

By signing the charter, the overseas executive presidents committed to adopting this strategy and implementing projects that will enable the Overseas territories to position themselves on this Trajectory by 2030.

Signing of convergence and transformation agreements

In the presence of the French President, the Prime Minister also signed, with the presidents of the local authorities of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, La Réunion Island, Martinique, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna Islands the first convergence and transformation agreements (CCT) for the 2019-2022 period.

These convergence agreements are intended to make a significant difference to life on the ground. The State will commit more than two billion euros for the 2019-2022 period, for concrete actions such as the development of transport, the conservation of coral reefs, the establishment of technology parks, etc.

Fuelled by projects from the Overseas Conference, the convergence and transformation agreements are the concrete expression of ambitions set out in the Overseas Blue Book – itself fully in line with the Government's Overseas Trajectory 5.0. It is also in keeping with the commitments of the 2018 emergency plan for Mayotte and the 2017 emergency plan for French Guiana for these two territories.

These convergence and transformation agreements are the result of the unanimous request of the overseas elected representatives for their own specific contractual arrangements with the State, distinct from those of mainland France, in line with the principles of differentiation. Even more than a convergence agreement (as provided for by the programming Act of 28 February 2017 on substantive equality for overseas France), it is a bona fide contract for the transformation of these seven territories.


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