President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be the Guest of Honour at the opening of the Francophonie Festival on Saturday, March 16, in Accra.

A statement issued by the French Embassy and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the Festival, organised by the French Embassy, in collaboration with Alliance Française, would have in attendance Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education and the French Ambassador, Mrs Anne Sophie Ave?.

It said, this year, to launch the festivities in grand style, the Togolese Afro-funk group, Voudou Game, would take the stage with an opening concert.

It said the cultural and linguistic diversity would be celebrated in a laid back and joyful atmosphere.

Concerts, job application skills, workshops, sporting events, film screenings, and spelling contests among other things would charactrise the Festival.

The statement said Ghana, since 2006, had the status of associate member within the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF in French).

The Francophone Community in Ghana commended the tremendous efforts the Government of Ghana was making to improve regional integration through the development of the French Language.

It said, in February last year, the Council of Francophone Ambassadors in Ghana called on President Akufo-Addo at the Presidency.

During the meeting, several proposals geared towards the development of French and La Francophonie in Ghana were tabled for discussion.

Among them were: Building of international media partnerships with the Ministry of Communication, continuous support for government’s initiatives in education, and cooperation in pivotal sectors including culture, sports, security, economic relations and the Public Service.

The statement said the Francophonie Festival in Ghana represented a unique opportunity to meet Francophone persons and develop partnerships with them.

The term “Francophonie” refers to all the states and governments worldwide who share the French language.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie, created in 1970, represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world.

Its mission is to embody the active solidarity among its 88-member states and governments (61 members and 27 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for over 890 million people, including 274 million French speakers.



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