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Paradis Strengthens Economic Ties Between Canada and La Francophonie

Minister Paradis announced training initiatives that will promote sustainable economic growth within La Francophonie

November 27, 2014 – Dakar, Senegal – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

During his visit to Dakar, where he will participate in the 15th Francophonie Summit, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the Young Francophonie leaders project and the Skills for employment in La Francophonie call for proposals. Canada will finance these initiatives to promote sustainable economic growth in developing member countries of the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

The initiatives announced today meet La Francophonie’s overall priorities whose goal is to ensure sustainable economic growth and development, especially for women and youth.

“The creation of a Francophonie that has a strong and sustainable economy is a priority of the Harper Government,” said Minister Paradis. “I am proud to announce that Canada is putting its support behind setting up structuring initiatives that will help young leaders to acquire the professional skills the labour market is looking for and enter the job market or become entrepreneurs.”

The announcement was made on the margins of the 15th Francophonie Summit, which will take place November 29–30 in Dakar.

“I am delighted to be in Africa to make this announcement. This once again illustrates the importance that Canada places on Africa,” Minister Paradis added. “Canada remains committed to strengthening its ties with Africa by working to improve maternal, newborn and child health, increasing food security, and promoting sustainable economic growth.”

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