FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ivory Coast’s ambassador to Canada, N’Goran Kouamé, will present the Games of La Francophonie flag to Economic Development Minister Francine Landry, who is also minister responsible for La Francophonie, as part of the Acadian Day celebrations to be held in Moncton and Dieppe this evening.

“I thank Ivory Coast once again for so kindly hosting the various countries that took part in the eighth Games of La Francophonie,” said Landry. “I will have the great pleasure, on this Aug. 15, of hosting Mr. Kouamé in the Moncton and Dieppe area and celebrating the wonderful partnerships and friendships we made with Ivory Coast during the games in Abidjan, which ended on July 30.”

The ninth Games of La Francophonie will take place in the Moncton and Dieppe area in 2021. This international event will attract thousands of participants and even more visitors to the region. Up to 84 delegations from the member states and governments of the International Organization of the Francophonie will be in attendance.

“Occasions such as this provide a concrete example of the advantages arising from bilingualism and the diversity of our province,” said Landry. “With various national and international media covering the games, the area will receive extraordinary worldwide visibility. They will highlight our cultural pride and generate real spinoffs by attracting visitors to the area and creating business opportunities and jobs.”

The games are the largest sporting and cultural event of the Francophonie dedicated to youth. They are held every four years in the year following the Olympic Summer Games.