Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry welcomes the anniversary on March 20 of the International Francophonie Day and the celebration of 50 years since the launch, in 1970, of the institutional Francophonie, by the signing of the Niamey Convention.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its belief that this anniversary moment will bring back into the attention of the young generation the timeliness of learning French as a way to facilitate mobility and educational and professional insertion. It is in the common interest of the large Francophone family that future generations cultivate and benefit from the values and instruments of a committed Francophonie, well-connected to the current challenges,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release on Friday.
As a tradition, the Foreign Ministry organizes in March a series of festive events in Bucharest, while Romania’s diplomatic missions organize in the countries of residence cultural and public diplomacy events dedicated to Francophonie Day (conferences, symposia, exhibitions, cultural evenings). This year, given the need to adopt strengthened measures to prevent coronavirus infection, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has decided to postpone these events dedicated to the celebration of the Francophonie for a later time.
Romania acquired in 1991 the status of observer and went on to become a full member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie – OIF in 1993; along with its long-lasting francophone tradition, this status allowed Romania to strengthen the global dimension of international cooperation, due to the trans-continental presence of the Francophonie, the Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by Agerpres.