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The MDER – Mission de Développement Economique Regional PACA
The MDER is the economic development agency for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
The MDER’s four major tasks are:

Promote the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region’s economy
► Perform sectoral studies on the regional economy,
► Contribute to drawing up the regional economic development strategy, in partnership with the development agencies in the Départements
► Develop the various clusters: 11 competitive clusters within the region, PRIDES (Regional clusters for innovation and mutually supportive economic development), business clusters etc.
► Enhance the range of human resources, using PACA Mode d’Emploi, a specially dedicated organisation, under the auspices of the MDER.
Contribute to business relocation in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
► As the regional branch of the Invest in France Agency (IFA), process planning applications from businesses,
► Financial engineering for business relocation,
► Draw up promotion/marketing campaigns with the development agencies in the Départements.
Support regional major initiatives
► Support current key projects and projects for structural economic changes,
► Lead and coordinate the participants in the promotion of the region through ITER and renewable energy projects: Welcome Office for International Companies - WOIC.
Contribute to development and commodity chain structuring
► Support the structuring of the key business sectors in the region: provide statistics and maps of the participants, provisional piggy-back exporting (e.g.: the yachting, water-environment, fashion and clothing sectors),
► Administer the club for regional member businesses,                                   
► Forward thinking, business intelligence and experimentation.
The MDER is a unique Government - Regional Council – Businesses partnership:
· The body was created in November 2001
· Chairman: Jean-François BIGAY, former managing director of Eurocopter
· Officers: seven members including five representatives from the business community
· About forty member businesses

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The Government and the Regional Council are also involved in a regional innovation strategy, based on the idea of a sustainable Mediterranean and a creative economy (see and encouraging businesses in the region to use competitive intelligence (see



The MDER is the correspondant for Invest in France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region
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