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President Iohannis welcomes OIF’s Jean, Mauritius’s Gurib-Fakim

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday welcomed Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) Michaelle Jean and President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, on the side-lines of a conference of Francophone women in Bucharest.

According to a press statement from the Presidential Administration, at the meeting with the secretary general of the OIF Iohannis expressed his appreciation for Romania’s excellent cooperation with OIF.

“President Klaus Iohannis emphasised that the launch of the Francophone woman entrepreneurs’ network as part of the conference is designed to stimulate exchanges, investment and cooperation between business operators throughout the French-speaking area, contributing to the deepening of the objectives of the 2014 Francophone Economic Strategy.”

The Presidential Administration says Michaelle Jean appreciated the prompt reply of President Iohannis to the proposal of Bucharest City hosting this event, underlining that, after organising the 2006 OIF Summit in Bucharest, this shows that Romania is a very important country for La Francophonie.

“The Secretary-General of the OIF has praised Romania for its mobilisation on support of peace and security in the world, including at regional level, as well as its genuine openness to the world, as Romania is a key partner inside the OIF. He also emphasised the importance of the conference hosted by Romania, attended by nearly 700 Francophone women, and the Bucharest Declaration to be adopted by the conference, including the creation of a network of francophone female entrepreneurs, which will help strengthen female entrepreneurship and the economic dimension of La Francophonie, to the benefit of both women and men in the Francophone area. ”

Also underscored at the meeting was the importance of supporting gender equality and equal opportunity for men and women, and of boosting and supporting the mobility and interconnectivity of Francophone entrepreneurs, a topic to which OIF will focus, including with support from Romania.

The two officials condemned the latest terrorist attack in New York.

“The President of Romania and the Secretary General of OIF reiterated their firm condemnation of the terrorist attack in New York, as the fight against terrorism is a priority with the world community, including La Francophonie,” according to the official statement.

At the meeting with the President of the Republic of Mauritius Gurib-Fakim, the Mauritanian official praised Romania for hosting the conference and for getting involved in supporting gender equality. The two presidents highlighted the importance of educating young people, starting at a family level.

The Presidential Administration points out that the talks highlighted the shared wish of the two heads of state to develop bilateral cooperation, including in areas such as economy, tourism and the development of interpersonal contacts.

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