Francophonie: Tunisia to host summit in 2020
Tunisia has been chosen unanimously in Antananarivo, Madagascar to host 18th summit of Francophonie, a year to mark the 50th anniversary of the organisation.
The North African country was chosen November 27, the last day of the organisation’s summit which took place in the Malagasy capital.
The international organisation of La Francophonie is an international organisation of countries and regions where French language or culture is accepted by a significant proportion of populations.
The 2020 summit will also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the organisation. Tunisia is second Arab country to host gathering after Lebanon in 2002 congregated member-states of the orgnisation, says French ambassador to Tunisia Olivier Poivre d’Arvor.
For the French diplomat the choice of Tunisia is a diplomatic victory for the North Africa country as several countries vied for the organisation of the 50th anniversary.
“No Maghreb country has ever been chosen to host the international summit of La Francophonie,” Poivre d’Arvor said.
The choice of Tunisia, the diplomat further noted, is a tribute to the country of the one “who was with Diori, Senghor and Sianouk one of four founding members of La Francophonie”.
Former and first Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba according to the French diplomat was vibrant champion of the organisation.
“Following Bourguiba’s ideology, Tunisia’s young democracy is under the global spotlight! Congratulations Great Tunisia.”
Armenia will also host the 17th summit in 2018.