15th Francophonie Summit: Mauritius’ de l’Estrac to bid for Secretary General post
Through the candidature of Jean Claude de l’Estrac, the island economy intends to put its vast experience of multicultural and economic success to increasing use in favour of La Francophonie. (Image: Luxury Mauritius Magazine)
Mauritius will participate in the 15th Francophonie Summit, which will be held over 29 and 30 November 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, during which Jean Claude de l’Estrac will make a determined bid for the post of Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).
Supported by the high-level Mauritian delegation to the Summit led by Mauritius’ President, Rajkeswur Purryag, the island economy intends, through this candidature, to put its vast experience of multicultural and economic success to increasing use in favour of La Francophonie.
It may be noted that Jean Claude de l’Estrac is the current Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
For the last day of the Summit, Heads of State and Government of Member States will be called upon to choose the successor of the current secretary general of the international organization, Abdou Diouf, who is the former President of Senegal.
Members of the Mauritian delegation comprise the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun; the Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Usha Dwarka-Canabady; the chairman of Enterprise Mauritius, Amédée Darga; roving ambassador Marie-France Roussety; and the former deputy secretary general of the African Union Organisation, Vijay Singh Makhan.
Furthermore, prior to the Summit, a Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie is currently underway, having started November 26, 2014 and scheduled to end today, in Dakar. The Mauritian delegation to this conference will be led by the Deputy Prime Minister, Beebeejaun.
International Organisation of La Francophonie:
The IOF, created in 1970, represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 77 Member States and Governments, 57 members and 20 observers, which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers.
IOF organises political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations.
Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace and sustainable development.
IOF has concluded 33 cooperation agreements with international and regional organisations and has established permanent dialogue between the major international linguistic zones namely the English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arab-speaking zones.