DIPLOMACY

ForMin Melescanu meets heads of Francophone embassies, delegations, institutions

Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu met the Group of heads of Francophone embassies, delegations and institutions accredited in Bucharest (GADIF) on Monday to discuss concrete ways of promoting la Francophonie, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) reported in a press statement on Monday.

The head of the Romanian diplomacy mentioned the Conference of Francophone Women, an event to be organised by Romania together with the International Organisation of La Francophonie in Bucharest on November 1 and 2. The event is generally designed to highlight the role of women in the economic development of society and to stimulate free enterprise among them.

Melescanu invited the Francophone partners to cooperate on good organisation of the conference, so that the results of this conference could benefit as many women as possible in the French-speaking countries, including recognition of their contribution to sustainable development.

The Francophone ambassadors, in turn, commended Romania for its action in the field of la Francophonie. They also welcomed the initiative of organising the conference and assured of their countries’ support for the smooth running of the event, as its goals are widely shared throughout the Francophone space.

Other important areas of the Francophone initiatives of Romania were also mentioned, including the success of the Romanian athletes at the Francophone Games in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 21-30 July, who won 31 medals, of which 8 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze.

The Conference of Francophone Women will focus on “Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Development: Women Assert themselves!” It will bring together public and private stakeholders, representatives of civil society, academe and international organisations. The meeting will seek to promote strategic recommendations on respecting women’s economic rights, encouraging women’s entrepreneurship and engaging women in leadership positions, both in the economy and in politics. At the same time, the creation of a Francophone network of female entrepreneurs is also under consideration.

Romania has conducted a sustained activity within the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) as a full member since 1993. Its activity inside the OIF, together with its long Francophone and Francophile vocation, has allowed Romania to consolidate the global dimension of international cooperation as well as its bilateral relations with the French-speaking countries and governments (84 members and observers on five continents).

GADIF , the group of Francophone embassies, delegations and institutions accredited in Bucharest , was established in 2011 to coordinate actions for a better presence of the Francophonie as a whole in Romania, support for Francophone companies, stimulation of public-private partnerships and Francophone university cooperation.

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