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15 Sep 2010

Energy: La Francophonie builds a consensus

Deputy Premier Minister Nathalie Normandeau, accompanied by the Director of Energy in Burkina Faso, Emmanuel Nonyarma.

In conjunction with the 21st World Energy Congress, the first-ever meeting of ministers of energy in the Francophonie took place on September 13 and provided an opportunity to debate the major issues of the energy sector.

It was attended by ministers of energy from the Francophonie member countries of:

  • Haiti
  • Gabon
  • Niger
  • Belgium
  • Burkina Faso
  • Vietnam.

“The essential challenge for governments and all stakeholders in the energy sector is reconciling the needs of the public with the necessity of preserving the quality of life, the quality of the environment and the safety of all. Therein lies the real responsibility as concerns the energy sector. To act responsibly, all of these elements must be taken into consideration,” declared Minister Normandeau, who co-chaired the event with the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Christian Paradis.

The idea of a meeting of ministers was first proposed in Quebec City in 2008 at the XIIth Francophonie Summit. Since it is attended by a wide range of experts, the World Energy Congress was thought to be an excellent forum for the first meeting.

“With the Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland just a few weeks away, I am delighted to see francophones so enthusiastic about such a crucial field as energy,” declared the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay.

IEPF

The Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF), a subsidiary body of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, was closely associated with this meeting. Based in Quebec City since its creation in 1988, the mission of the institute is to help strengthen national capacities and develop partnerships in the areas of energy and the environment.

Institut de l'énergie et de l'environnement de la Francophonie (in French)

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