French-speaking ministers wrap up meet
The two-day 23rd Francophone Ministerial Meeting (FMM) concluded in the Lao capital of Vientiane on November 21.
In his report addressed at the talks, General Secretary of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) Abdou Diouf outlined political issues adopted by the OIF’s standing council.
Ministers from 63 OIF member and observing nations also approved the budget for 2008 as well as new levels of contributions to the budget that members need to put forward.
At the debate session on the role of the French language, ministers called on relevant governments to continue financing undergoing and future projects on the universalization of the French language. The delegates also emphasized the need to teach French to young people in OIF member countries.
Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong, head of the Vietnamese delegation, said that Viet Nam fully agreed with ways to encourage the use of the French language in the world as well as in Southeast Asia.
The French language proved to be an effective tool for OIF member nations to increase mutual understanding and deal with conflicts and differences to build a peaceful and stable world, he stressed.
The Vietnamese minister spoke highly of OIF’s efforts to promote the French language in the Asia-Pacific region through the VALOFRASE project which is being implemented from 2007-2009, describing it as a way of multilateral cooperation.
Viet Nam will keep focusing on developing the use of the language, he said, noting that this showed the country’s commitment to OIF and that the French language is a means of beefing up friendly and cooperative ties amongst OIF member countries. (VNA)
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