Switzerland celebrates ‘Les Jours De La Francophonie’

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Local news, 14.03.2024

The Embassy of Switzerland, jointly with other Francophone Embassies in Tanzania, is celebrating the ‘The Days of Francophonie’ between 06 and 20 March this year. To mark the occasion, the Embassy hosted an official reception at the Swiss Residence on 13 March. A Swiss band, Sankrox, will perform as part of the festivities on 20 March at the Alliance Francaise in Dar es Salaam.

Ambassador Chassot delivering his remarks at the reception.
Ambassador Chassot delivering his remarks at the reception. © FDFA

At the reception, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Tanzania Didier Chassot delivered a welcome speech expressing his appreciation to guests for joining the “Communauté francophone” in Tanzania in celebrating this special occasion, and highlighted the role of La Francophonie in promoting cultural and linguistic diversity.

The event was graced by the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports Mr. Gerson Msigwa, members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), diplomats, French teachers and students, cultural practitioners and other distinguished guests and friends of the Embassy.

Thirteen diplomatic missions in Tanzania (Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Comoros, Egypt, France, Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland and Vietnam) who are members of the IOF are celebrating Francophonie this year again with the objective of promoting the French language in its linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as the common values of La Francophonie – Democracy, Peace, Human Rights, Prosperity and Gender Equality most notably. The celebrations include a series of events in Dar es Salaam, from movie screenings and live music to an exhibition and a football tournament.

Established in 1970, the IOF is a multilateral body that brings together 88 states and governments that use French as a medium of cooperation. It is dedicated to promoting the French language, cultural and linguistic diversity, strengthening democracy and human rights, and fostering sustainable development. Switzerland works within the IOF to share its experience as a multilingual French-speaking country, as well as its culture of promoting peace and democracy.

Switzerland has been a member of the IOF since 1996 and is now its third-largest contributor. Switzerland's main areas of action within la Francophonie concern democracy, peace and human rights, the promotion of International Geneva's digital ecosystem, and support for cultural and linguistic plurality.