President Emmanuel Macron's visit to French GuianaNovember 2017
During his visit to French Guiana in October, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, stressed the importance of France's outermost regions.
While different topics were discussed such as education, fishing and security, cross-border issues were highlighted with respect to the area of healthcare and support to people with disabilities in particular. The President expressed his desire to develop partnerships with neighbouring countries in order to give better treatment to patients, by investing in Suriname and Brazil with a view to setting up medical centres and providing high-quality treatment; but also by experimenting with a genuine cross-border status for the healthcare institutions established on the river-borders.
This commitment to the outermost regions was also reaffirmed at the European level by the presentation of the European Commission's new strategy for the outermost regions on 24 October 2017. More info [FR]