The administrator of the OIF will remain Canadian, hopes François-Philippe Champagne

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs wants Canada to “continue the work started” as administrator of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), after the announcement of Catherine Cano's resignation.

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, reacted on Twitter the day after the announcement of the departure of Catherine Cano as administrator of theOIF.

He claims that Canada will continue to defend its interests and provide strong leadership as a director in order to continue the work started. He thus suggests that he will nominate another Canadian for the OIF.

The secretary general of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo, evokes persistent disagreements on its working methods to explain the departure of Catherine Cano, which is effective immediately.

Catherine Cano was appointed to this post in April 2019.

The organization had agreed, after the departure of the former secretary general Michaëlle Jean, that a Canadian would be appointed to the position of administrator.

Canada suffered a setback in October 2018, during the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan. Michaëlle Jean had tried to obtain a second term at the head of the organization, but the members of the OIF had preferred Rwandan candidate Louise Mushikiwabo.

The principal missions of the administrator of the OIF are to execute, lead and manage multilateral intergovernmental cooperation, as well as to ensure, under the authority of the Secretary General, the management of administrative and financial affairs, can we read on the ’websiteOIF.


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