Romania wants the economic dimension of La Francophonie developed, President Klaus Iohannis declared on Tuesday at a celebration of the International Francophonie Day.
“I take this opportunity to invite the francophone business environment to associate to Romanian universities, so that more French-speaking youth can upgrade their professional skills in Romania,” the President told the audience of an event dedicated to the French-language world community at the Presidential Administration’s Cotroceni Palace.
“As a EU and NATO member state, Romania sees its participation in the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) an additional opportunity to contribute in solving today’s major challenges such as closing the economic gaps, real chances for youth, and fight against terrorism – which becomes, as you can see, increasingly worrying,” Iohannis said.
He hailed an agreement between Romania’s Ministry of Education and the Francophone University Association as a good sign for the future of the relations between the OIF programmes and Romania’s priorities.
“France’s language has been for Romanians, like for many other people, the carrier wave of European humanism. It keeps getting us closer today, and guiding our projects,” the head of state added.
Education Minister Adrian Curaj, Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu and several professors, students, pupils, representatives of NGOs and entrepreneurs attended the event.
The Education Minister pointed out that the Francophonie is a catalyst for educational, scientific research and cultural cooperation. “While the strength of cultural diplomacy is visible and its results leave a mark on society, the strength of scientific diplomacy is sometimes less visible,” Curaj said.
Minister Comanescu emphasised that, against the backdrop of globalization, the use of the French language represents, ever more, a trump card in facilitating young people’s access to the labour market and to professional results.
“I encourage you, young people, to consider the French language as an investment in your social and professional future,” he said.