Francophonie

Egypt and La Francophonie

Egypt became a member of the International Organization of la Francophonie (IOF) in 1970 in light of its belief in the important values ​​enshrined in the Organization, namely cultural and civilizations’ diversity and the promotion of peace, development and rapprochement among peoples. Egypt's membership in the IOF, which members are predominantly African, reflects the importance and centrality of the relationship with the Continent’s countries. Egypt is considered as one of the most influential members of the Organization, as Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali was appointed to the post of the first Secretary-General of La Francophonie as soon as this position was introduced in 1997.

Egypt also hosts one of the most important bodies of the educational and cultural organization, the French-language international university in the service of African development, known as the Senghor University and founded in 1989 in Alexandria. Egypt's hosting of this university has an important political value as it embodies the wisdom of the fathers of the African Continent’s independence, led by the former Senegalese President Leopold Senghor, who has long envisaged establishing a distinguished educational edifice in one of the major African countries, that would seek the formation of young leaders specialized in the fields of development and modernization in various fields in the Continent, which is the dream adopted by the Organization of La Francophonie.

Egypt is keen on regularly participating in the OIF Summits and successive Ministerial Conferences, and organizes annual celebrations to mark the International Day of la Francophonie every year on March 20th.


Cooperation between Egypt and the International Organization of la Francophonie in the field of French language:​

In October 2015, Egypt and the International Organization of la Francophonie signed a memorandum of understanding in the framework of the program "French in International Relations" over the period 2015-2018. Egypt has been selected as one of sixteen Member States of the OIF to benefit from the aforementioned cooperation program, taking into consideration that Egypt was in the first rank of the most successful countries in benefiting from this program during 2011-2014.

The cooperation program aims to train diplomats and government cadres in the various ministries and governmental bodies working in the field of international cooperation on mastering the French language and granting the distinguished trainees internationally recognized French language certificates. The number of beneficiaries of the cooperation program 2015-2018 is estimated to about 2000 Governmental cadres working in the field of international relations.

In July 2016, the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Senghor, granting it a number of scholarships to help African students obtain Master's degrees, as the Egyptian side believes in the importance of education as a main pillar of achieving development, cultural and societal impact, as well as extending ties among countries.