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March 4, 2021

President Iohannis, OIF Secretary-General convene organizing in Romania of relevant Francophonie events

President Klaus Iohannis has met, on Thursday, at the Cotroceni Palace, with the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), Michaelle Jean, with whom he discussed the OIF objectives, economic development and youth training.

“The President of Romania and the OIF Secretary-General convened the commencement of preparations for the organization in Romania, in the next two years, of relevant La Francophonie events, meant to promote the priorities of the Organization in the realm of economy and gender equality,” the Presidential Administration announced in a press release.

According to the quoted source, the head of state emphasized that our country grants particular importance to the values and objectives of La Francophonie and contributes to their accomplishment as a full member of the OIF. Furthermore, he underlined the tradition connections with the French language, profoundly anchored in the linguistic specificity and history of Romania and mentioned that the OIF can present viable solutions for the problems facing humanity.

President Klaus Iohannis also showed appreciation for the OIF efforts in order to develop the economic dimension of La Francophonie’s actions and its orientation towards socio-human development in the member-states, mentioning a series of initiatives through which Romania contributes to the promotion of the organization’s objectives.

In this context, the role, results and determination of the Eugene Ionesco doctoral and post-doc scholarship program was evoked, ten years after its initiation during the Francophonie Summit in Bucharest, as well as the involvement of the French-speaking milieu of Romania in the national debate on education and research launched by President Iohannis.

In turn, the OIF Secretary-General expressed appreciation for the activity and efforts of Romania within the organization and in promoting La Francophonie’s values, including at a regional level.

Michaelle Jean emphasized the personal involvement of the head of state in these demarches, an example being the organization of the Francophonie International Day in 2016 under the high patronage of the Romanian President.

Presented during discussions were the concerns of the organizations for two particularly important topics – economic development and youth training.

“The OIF is in process of elaborating strategies for economic development of the French-speaking space, emphasis being placed on the involvement of large companies, SMEs and, not least, youths and women,” the quoted source shows.

The OIF official emphasized, referring to the training of youths, that partnerships between universities in the French-speaking space and businesses have a high potential of development in domains such as research and innovation.

The Secretary-General of International Organisation of La Francophonie is on official visit in Romania.

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