International Francophonie Day marked in Hanoi

Friday, 2018-03-16 22:37:30
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Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc speaking at the ceremony. (Photo:
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NDO – Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted Vietnam’s efforts and practical contributions to the common development of the Francophonie community, as well as to promoting the image of the French language in the region, at a function held in Hanoi on March 16 to mark the International Francophonie Day (March 20).

The diplomat spoke highly of the community’s achievements in various cooperation fields, in addition to its active contributions to addressing global challenges in terms of security and development.

He underlined the closed-knit relationship between Vietnam and the French-speaking community, saying that Vietnam will continue to proactively and actively participate in and contribute to strengthening the solidarity and cooperation within the community for peace, stability and sustainable development in the world.

The country is willing to serve as a bridge for the vigorous development of the French language in the Asia-Pacific region, Ngoc said.

The event attracts the participation of a large number of French speakers and lovers in Hanoi. (Photo:

Adama Ouane, Director of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), expressed his delight at the unceasingly growing relationship between the OIF and Vietnam, whilst speaking highly of Vietnam’s role as a driving force, a pillar and a bridge between the French-speaking community and the Asia-Pacific region.

The OIF treasures and will continue to foster cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in the fields of French teaching and using, promoting cultural diversity, and implementing the Francophonie Economic Strategy via the model of triangular cooperation, digital technology application, participation in the UN’s peacekeeping force, and climate change adaptation, he affirmed.

During the event, Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam Jehanne Roccas, Chairman of the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions (GADIF), presented the GADIF awards to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trinh Van Minh from the Vietnam National University – Hanoi; and Dr. Tran Thi Nguyen Ny from the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the development of the French language in Vietnam as well as the cooperation between Vietnam and the OIF.