February 22, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nadine Girault, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration, today congratulated Geoffroi Montpetit on becoming administrator of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) to support Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the IOF. The date of Mr. Montpetit’s entry into office will be decided shortly.
Mr. Montpetit’s mandate will be to pursue major organizational modernization reforms and lead programming that better responds to the needs of francophone populations, particularly women and girls.
Mr. Montpetit will work closely with IOF members and governments, as well as other francophone institutions and civil society, to carry out the organization’s mission, particularly with respect to the protection of the French language around the world and the promotion of La Francophonie’s values, which include democracy, gender equality, and sustainable development.
Canada and Quebec will continue to actively support the implementation of La Francophonie’s economic strategy, digital transition, as well as its reforms on governance, transparency and management of the IOF aimed at modernizing the organization.