Catherine Cano, the first woman in history to become International Organisation of La Francophonie administrator
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Ottawa, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): Catherine Cano became the first woman in history to take the highest position at the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), as administrator, media reports said.
Catherine Cano. Image credit: Twitter handle
This nomination was highlighted by Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, and Nadine Girault, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, during a joint press conference with Cano.
The Government of Quebec which had been a member of the IOF since 1971, was the first federal state to obtain full membership.
Working in conjunction with the governments of Canada, Quebec, New-Brunswick, and with other IOF members, Cano would work towards promoting the French language, including in the digital space to carry out the organization’s mission, and economic growth in the francophone area.
The governments of Quebec and Canada would encourage greater deployment of La Francophonie’s economic strategy toward rigorous and transparent management of IOF resources.
“With her diverse management experience as well as her extensive knowledge of the media...Cano will be a valuable asset to the IOF..as the organization prepares to hold the Tunis Summit in Tunisia in 2020, which will mark its 50th anniversary. The appointment of Ms. Cano is a recognition of Canadian leadership in La Francophonie when it comes to promoting the values of democracy and transparency, and respect for human rights,” said Joly.
“I am very proud that Quebec is well represented at the highest levels of the IOF... Cano will be able to use her experience and expertise to further modernize the IOF’s governance,” said Girault.
Canada has worked actively within La Francophonie since its inception and with the support of its provincial partners, was one of the first countries to promote La Francophonie and supported the creation of its institution
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(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)