Strengthening cooperation in Francophonie community
Friday, 2016-11-25 04:26:21
NDO - Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang’s visit to Madagascar at the invitation of his Malagasy counterpart Hery Rajaonarimampianina to attend the 16th Francophonie Summit aims to strengthen cooperation between members of the Francophonie community.
Since the first summit in Paris in early 1986, la Francophonie has undergone 15 summits. The organisation currently has 80 members and observers from across the five continents. Its consistent goal is to protect cultural diversity and the French language at international forums. The organisation has actively campaigned for language diversity at international forums as seen in the adoption of a convention on cultural diversity at UNESCO in 2005. La Francophonie has made contributions to the global community’s common efforts to promote peace and security in the world and allocated significant resources to seek long-term solutions to crises and conflicts as well as supporting democratic processes and building law-governed states in a number of African member countries.
In recent years, la Francophonie has paid attention to promoting economic cooperation and creating jobs for women and young people. In November 2014, in its documents, the organisation expressed grave concerns over the East Sea situation and called on parties to exercise restraint, resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; welcomed efforts to maintain peace, security and stability, and the freedom and safety of navigation and overflight in the region.
The relationship between Vietnam and the International Organisation of La Francophonie has witnessed continuous development. The majority of Francophonie member countries supported Vietnam’s struggle for national independence in the 20th century and regarded Vietnam as a symbol of national liberation. Over the past 30 years, Vietnam has secured valuable support from la Francophonie in terms of finance and expertise. La Francophonie is also a forum for Vietnam to carry out its foreign policy and a channel to strengthen bilateral relations with a number of developed member countries and traditional African friends. The fine relationship between Vietnam and la Francophonie has been marked by the attendance of Vietnamese senior leaders at summits of the organisation. La Francophonie also attaches importance to fostering relations with Vietnam by making frequent high-level visits as seen by Secretary General Michaelle Jean’s visit to Vietnam in October 2016.
With the successful organisation of the 7th Summit in Hanoi in 1997, Vietnam made an important contribution to institutionalising political activities, promoting economic cooperation in addition to cooperation in the fields of politics, culture, language and education. Thanks to its regular and substantive participation on issues prioritised by la Francophonie, from formulating cooperation strategies, pushing administrative and financial reforms to adjusting resources for education and development, Vietnam is considered to be in the group of key developing countries, carrying considerable weight to formulating and implementing the organisation’s cooperation strategies. Vietnam has been many times elected to hold important posts within la Francophonie such as Chair of the Permanent Council of La Francophonie (CPF), Chair of the Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), Chair of the Summit (1997-1998) and Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) for three terms.
La Francophonie and its operating agencies have collaborated with a number of country members to carry out many projects in Vietnam, including those supporting Vietnam in learning French and teaching in French at schools and universities, as well as in the fields of technology, business, trade, pharmacology, fundamental science and law. The Association of Francophone Universities has established French spaces in three major Vietnamese cities. La Fracophonie has also run smaller projects in the fields of information technology, law, energy, the environment, poverty reduction, teacher training and school equipment support in disadvantaged regions. Projects carried out by la Francophonie in Vietnam have been evaluated as generally effective.
President Tran Dai Quang’s visit to Madagascar to attend the 16th Francophonie Summit is a significant political event, helping to foster the cooperative relationship between Vietnam and la Francophonie, affirming that Vietnam is a reliable and important partner of many member countries of the organisation.