Official visit of the Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Togo


At the invitation of His Excellency Professor Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, HE Ms. Louise MUSHIKIWABO, Secretary General of La Francophonie (OIF), paid an official visit to Lomé , from December 16 to 18, 2019.

This visit is part of the strengthening of cooperation relations between the OIF and Togo.

During her stay on Togolese soil, the Secretary General of the OIF was first received by the Head of State H.E. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, at the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic. She took the opportunity to brief him on the activities of the Organization and welcomed the active cooperation between the OIF and Togo.

She then paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister and the Honorable President of the Togolese National Assembly.

A working session took place on December 17, 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the OIF delegation led by the Secretary General and the Togolese delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese of the ‘Outside.

The work focused on strengthening cooperation ties between Togo and the OIF. The two parties first took stock of OIF’s achievements in Togo and then addressed future plans.

In terms of results, the two parties expressed their satisfaction with the projects already carried out and those in progress, in particular in the following areas:

  • French language, linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • Peace, Democracy and Human Rights;
  • Education, training, higher education and research;
  • Sustainable development, economy and solidarity.

With regard to linguistic and cultural diversity, the main program developed between the OIF and Togo concerns the Centers for Reading and Cultural Animation (CLAC), launched since 2000 with a network of eleven (11) Clacs, welcoming in average 350,000 people each year. A twelfth (12th) CLAC is being opened.

The OIF also funded the “School and National Languages ​​in Africa (ELAN)” program; supported the National School of Administration (ENA) in the organization of a first training of the teaching staff and implemented the French-speaking project of support for local development (Profadel / OIF) in several communes of Togo.

Regarding future projects, the Togolese side hoped that the actions of the OIF would be further strengthened in the field, especially digital, through the support of the OIF in the establishment of the Center for Artificial Intelligence at Togo so that it becomes a reference in French-speaking Africa.

The two sides finally welcomed the good quality of the cooperation relations between the OIF and Togo and undertook to further strengthen them.

The OIF Secretary General also visited the Palace of Lomé where she was very impressed by the quality works of art and congratulated the Togolese authorities for having renovated this palace.

Organization of the CMF 2017: Agreement of understanding between Togo and the OIF

As part of the preparations for the organization of the 33 rdMinisterial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), to be held in Lomé from 24 to 26 November 2017, an OIFdelegation led by Ambassador Jacques BILODEAU , The Secretary General of La Francophonie, visited Lomé from 25 to 28 April 2017.

During the visit, the delegation held working sessions with the National Organizing Committee and visited the Conference Center as well as several hotels that could be accommodated to accommodate the 450 participants expected.

The stay was sanctioned, on Friday, April 28, 2017, by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Togolese Republic, represented by HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration and the OIF represented by Ambassador Jacques BILODEAU .

The Memorandum of Understanding sets out the practical arrangements for organizing the 33 rd CMF.

The Conference will convene from 25 to 26 November 2017 all Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Francophonie of the 87 member countries, associate members and observers on the theme: “The new economies: the blue economy and the green economy, new engines of growth, inclusion Social and sustainable development “. It will be preceded, on November 24, 2017, by the session of the Permanent Council of the Francophonie (CPF).

This meeting will lead to important decisions that will lead the OIF to support, among others, its members in mobilizing financing to develop new economies.

Moreover, the organization of this important event constitutes further proof of Togo’s diplomatic influence on the international scene

Done at Lomé on 28 April 2017

Robert Dussey calls on Togolese to appropriate the “cardinal values of The Francophonie”

Robert Dussey, Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, invited his fellow citizens to appropriate the “cardinal values ​​of la Francophonie”, a statement made on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of La Francophonie on Monday.

The International Day of La Francophonie is a day dedicated to the French language that unites 200 million speakers in the world.

This year, the celebration is under the theme: “I like, I share”. In Togo, the events organized by the West Africa Regional Office (BRAO) of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) were chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Building on the theme of this celebration, Dussey asked, “Why love, why share?”.

“In truth, as Saint Augustine says: no one lives without love and Albert Camus adds that I know only one duty, and that is to love, yes we love our language, we love our Francophonie. Share it because sharing means joint action with someone and thus taking part in something (here pleasure) along with others, “said Mr. Dussey.

Beyond the festivities, he said “the celebration of this Day urges us to appropriate and disseminate the cardinal values ​​of la Francophonie which are among others love, sharing, solidarity, tolerance, Promotion and consolidation of peace, democracy and the rule of law “.

The Minister appreciated the support that the IFO has always been able to bring to Togo through “multifaceted interventions for the harmonious development” of the Togolese people.

The head of Togolese diplomacy addressed to Ms Michaëlle Jean (Secretary General of the Francophonie), “all the congratulations of the Togolese people and government for the tireless efforts that it is constantly deploying for a greater affirmation of the Francophonie in A world in perpetual change “. END

Edem Etonam EKUE