Francophonie

L’OIF: One step in how our diversity can build our unity

As Rwandans bask in the glory of one of their own clinching the post of Secretary General of l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), never, for a single second, should they lose sight of the mission that they set out to fulfil. It should be down to brass tacks post-haste....

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:30am

With Mushikiwabo at the head of OIF, it won’t be business as usual

The dust has now settled. Passions have cooled. All the noise has died down and calm has returned. It is now time for work, and for the moment, reflection. This is all following the meeting of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) in Armenia at which Louise Mushikiwabo was...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 11:59am

Photos: Mushikiwabo’s journey to the top Francophonie job

Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has been unanimously elected the Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), an 84-member body that was created in 1970 to promote the French language, peace, and sustainable development. She was elected at the...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:38am

President Kagame, First Lady congratulate Mushikiwabo

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame joined the rest of the world in welcoming Minister Louise Mushikiwabo’s unanimous victory as the new Secretary General of La Francophonie. Mushikiwabo’s election to the helm of the 84-nation bloc took place on Friday during the...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:10am

Mushikiwabo pledges stronger Francophonie bloc

Louise Mushikiwabo has promised to dedicate her time and leverage her experience as a diplomat to make Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) a better organisation following her election as its Secretary General, yesterday. The election took place Friday during the OIF summit in...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:10am

Leaders, envoys congratulate Louise Mushikiwabo on Francophonie win

Louise Mushikiwabo’s unanimous victory as the new Secretary General of La Francophonie dominated social media platforms not just in Rwanda but also across the world. Her election at the head of the 84-nation bloc took place Friday during the 17th OIF summit in Yerevan, the capital of...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:09am

AU hails Mushikiwabo’s Francophonie win

The African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the unanimous election of Louise Mushikiwabo as the new Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), the Union said in a statement.  “He warmly congratulated Mrs Mushikiwabo and...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:08am

Mushikiwabo’s campaign & victory in pictures

Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo was yesterday endorsed as the leader of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), a grouping of some 84 countries that has the French language as the main unifying factor.   Mushikiwabo shares a light moment with Presidents...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 8:07am

La Francophonie: What opportunities does the body present for Rwandans?

Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo was yesterday endorsed as the leader of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), a grouping of some 84 countries that has the French language as the main unifying factor. Mushikiwabo was approved by the Heads of State and Government...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 1:42am

Elle a gagné! Mushikiwabo wins top Francophonie job

Rwanda's Foreign Minister has been unanimously elected the Secretary General of La Francophonie (OIF).  The election took place Friday during the OIF summit in Yerevan the capital of Armenia. Her win follows months on the campaign trail that took her to different countries across the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:16pm

How social media reacted to Mushikiwabo’s election at La Francophonie top job

Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda's Foreign Minister’s unanimous victory as the new Secretary General of La Francophonie has already dominated social media platforms not just in Rwanda but also across the world. Her election at the head of the 84-nation bloc took place Friday during the 17th...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 4:22pm

Who is Mushikiwabo?

Louise Mushikiwabo will serve as the Secretary-General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) over a four-year term before the next election in 2022. She will be eligible to stand for another term. As the new SG, she will be based in Paris, France where the institution has its...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:24pm

The arrival of President Kagame at La Francophonie Summit

President Paul Kagame joined other heads of state for the opening ceremony of the 17th Summit of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie that started Thursday in Yerevan, Armenia.

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:25am

Mushikiwabo, Rwandan musicians mesmerise Yerevan

In an evening that was meant to set the stage for the La Francophonie summit, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs and candidate for the post of Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo took to the stage alongside Rwandan musicians and traditional dancers to mesmerise the audience in the Armenian...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:33pm

Mushikiwabo unveils her Francophonie manifesto

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has unveiled her manifesto for the Francophonie grouping, which she promises to implement once elected the secretary-general of the organisation. In a lengthy statement posted on her website, Mushikiwabo outlines four pillars of her...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:32pm

What you should know about La Francophonie

With the election of the next Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) due tomorrow and Louise Mushikiwabo’s chances of winning rising, there is growing interest in Rwanda in the body she is likely to head. The Organisation Internationale de la...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:36pm

Kagame arrives in Armenia for La Francophonie Summit

President Paul Kagame on Wednesday arrived in Armenia where he will take part in the 17 Summit of La Francophonie, a bloc that brings together over 80 French-speaking countries. The Summit has as key on agenda the election of the secretary-general of the multinational body, which is slated...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:25pm

Mushikiwabo candidature for Francophonie job gets boost

The candidature for Louise Mushikiwabo for the post of Secretary General of La Francophonie has received a major boost following the withdrawal of support by Canada to her only rival, Michaëlle Jean. Jean, who is Canadian, is the current Secretary General of the body that brings together French...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:16pm

Foreign Minister Mushikiwabo submits candidature for top Francophonie job

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo on Wednesday officially submitted her candidature for the position of Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). The body, to which Rwanda subscribes, brings together French-speaking countries across the...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:49am