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16 Dec 2009

25th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie a success

Secretary General Abdou Diouf and Minister Arcand, in Paris. Photo: Fabien Calcavechia

The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, was delighted with the outcome of the work accomplished at the 25th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), which ended on December 16 in Paris.

Indeed, the CMF allowed a number of its members to reassert their interest in promoting the French language on the world stage and in major international forums. “This is an important step for the French language. I get the sense that the desire to assert and promote our language is a priority for many members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie,” stated Minister Arcand.

The Minister was very pleased with the announcement made by the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, who indicated that he would be seeking a third term of office at the upcoming Francophonie Summit, at the invitation of a number of State and government leaders. Additionally, Switzerland was designated host country for the 13th Francophonie Summit, to be held in October 2010, and it was decided that the next Francophonie Games will be held in Nice in 2013.

During the Conference, Minister Arcand invited the ministers responsible for Energy of the Francophonie member states and governments to take part in the XXIst World Energy Congress, to be held September 12 to 16, 2010, in Montréal.

It was also during the CMF that the 2010-2013 quadrennial programming was adopted. This is a very important step for the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) towards its desired reorganization, initiated in 2005. Québec actively contributed to the adoption of this programming by serving as chair of the Cooperation/Programming Commission, since March 2009.

As Vice-Chair of the CMF and co-host of the last Francophonie Summit, Québec has received wide visibility. Québec’s voice in La Francophonie enables the province to extend its reach at the international level. “Our participation in the IOF enables Québec to contribute to promoting the French language while maintaining a special relationship with members of La Francophonie. Québec’s voice in this organization enables the province to extend its reach at the international level,” declared Minister Arcand.

The CMF brings together the ministers of Foreign Affairs and La Francophonie who are members of the IOF. The governments of Québec and Canada hosted the 12th Francophonie Summit and as such, the IOF by-laws stipulate that the host country of the last Summit shall become chair of the CMF one year before the latter takes place for a term ending one year after the Summit is held. Canada assumed the chairmanship for the Conference at this CMF, while Québec served as vice-chair.

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