GIS – November 25, 2014: Mauritius will participate in the 15th Francophonie Summit, which will be held on 29 and 30 November 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.
The high-level Mauritian delegation to the Summit led by the President of the Republic, Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, will support the candidature of Mr Jean Claude de l’Estrac to the post of secretary general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF). Mauritius intends, through this candidature, to put to contribution its experience in terms multicultural and economic success in favour of La Francophonie.
On 30 November 2014, during the Summit, Heads of State and Government of Member States will be called upon to choose the successor of Mr Abdou Diouf, former President of Senegal, and current secretary general of the international organisation.
Members of the Mauritian delegation comprise the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Dr Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, the Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mrs Usha Dwarka-Canabady, the chairman of Enterprise Mauritius, Mr Amédée Darga, roving ambassador Mrs Marie-France Roussety, and the former deputy secretary general of the African Union Organisation, Mr Vijay Singh Makhan.
Prior to the Summit, a Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie will be held on 26 and 27 November 2014 in Dakar. The Mauritian delegation to this conference will be led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Beebeejaun.
International Organisation of La Francophonie
The IOF, created in 1970, represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its members share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language. The French language and its humanist values represent the two cornerstones on which the IOF is based.
The mission of the IOF is to embody the active solidarity between its 77 Member States and Governments (57 members and 20 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.
IOF organises political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace and sustainable development.
IOF has concluded 33 cooperation agreements with international and regional organisations and has established permanent dialogue between the major international linguistic zones (the English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arab-speaking zones).