Louisiana joins l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) [fr]
54 heads of State voted to accept Louisiana as an observing member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie during the XVII Summit in Yerevan, Armenia (11-12 October 2018).
L’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. The shared language and values of its members allow political action and cooperation to take place in the following areas:
the French language, cultural and linguistic diversity,
peace, democracy, and human rights,
education and training,
sustainable development, economy, and solidarity.
Louisiana has joined the organization as an "observing member", enabling it to attend future Summits, ministerial conferences, and meetings of the Conseil permanent de la Francophonie (Permanent Council of Francophonie).
Joining OIF also encourages increased university cooperation by facilitating access to the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and organization that brings together 884 institutions of higher education and research in 111 countries.
Louisiana has become a part of a global linguistic community. With 300 million speakers, French is the fifth most spoken language in the world. Geopolitically, over 80 francophone countries and member-states account for 16% of global GDP.
This membership is truly excellent news for the state and will encourage Louisiana’s francophone ecosystem to further develop.