FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued by Economic Development Minister Francine Landry, who is also the minister responsible for La Francophonie, on the occasion of International Francophonie Day, Monday, March 20:

On behalf of our government, I am pleased to wish all New Brunswickers an excellent International Francophonie Day.

Since 1977, the provincial government has had the privilege and honour of being a full member of the International Organization of the Francophonie, which allows us to highlight all of New Brunswick’s technological, environmental, educational, university, college, cultural, sports, and economic potential on the international scene.

The Francophonie comprises 84 states and governments, representing over 274 million francophones on five continents. It offers partnership and business opportunities, and opportunities arising from an openness to the world, which fit in with our government’s priorities, including job creation, improving our public finances, and enhancing the quality of life for our families. Furthermore, the coming months and years will be very busy for New Brunswick. We will have the chance to shine nationally and internationally via the following events:

  • The Forum on Francophone immigration will be held in Moncton on March 30 and 31, which will enable Canadians and New Brunswickers to discuss possibilities and issues related to this issue.
  • Rendez-vous Acadie-Québec, a forum for developing business relationships between Quebec and Acadie, should bring together over 200 businesspersons and economic stakeholders. This seventh edition of this event will be held from Sept. 26 to 28 in Edmundston.
  • The seventh Jeux de la francophonie canadienne will take place in Moncton and Dieppe from July 11 to 15,  coinciding  with the 150th anniversary celebrations of Canadian Confederation.
  • The 2019 World Acadian Conference will be held from April 10 to 24, 2019 in southeastern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The last conference, which took place in Madawaska, Quebec, and Maine in 2015, generated $28.3 million in economic spin-offs and created 345 jobs in the last year of preparation.
  • The holding of the ninth Games of La Francophonie in 2021 in New Brunswick, will be one of the most important events to have taken place in the province to date. Over 50 delegations from the member states and governments of the International Organization of the Francophonie will be in attendance.

I invite you all to continue your efforts to contribute to New Brunswick’s influence within the international Francophonie and to take greater advantage of the related opportunities.

Let’s celebrate International Francophonie Day and our membership in this big, wonderful family with pride.