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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias’ remarks at the 18th Summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie and the panel discussion “La Francophonie of the future” (Djerba, Tunisia, 19.11.2022)

That brings us back to the basics: if we are sitting at the same table today, that is due to our shared communication code. The French language, as a vehicle of education and culture, opens the doors to synergies, exchanges, and mobility. It also reflects major demographic changes: the International Organization of La Francophonie estimates that by 2050 Africa will be home to approximately 85% of the world’s French speakers. La Francophonie of the future will undoubtedly be located on the African continent.
That brings us back to the basics: if we are sitting at the same table today, that is due to our shared communication code. The French language, as a vehicle of education and culture, opens the doors to synergies, exchanges, and mobility. It also reflects major demographic changes: the International Organization of La Francophonie estimates that by 2050 Africa will be home to approximately 85% of the world’s French speakers. La Francophonie of the future will undoubtedly be located on the African continent.
I’d like to thank Tunisia, a friendly country, for the warm welcome and the organization of this meeting.
It’s clear that since the Yerevan Summit, our world is no longer the same: the pandemic and the consequences of the war in Ukraine have upended the normal order of things. Our world is in transition. So is the Francophonie.
This Summit’s theme, dedicated to the digital world, could not be more relevant. The pandemic has given a new impetus to the exploitation of the vast potential of the Internet, in terms of training, services, and trade. My country has been rapidly digitizing its public sector. We want to go even further and we are ready to share our experience.
First of all, the Declaration on the French Language in the context of Linguistic Diversity:
Your Excellencies,
Thank you for your attention.
– With the appointment of Ambassador Ms. Kontoleon as OIF Representative to the United Nations, Greece has assumed its first position of responsibility within our Organization.
– We have reinstated French as a prerequisite for entry into the Greek diplomatic career competition.

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