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Tanzania: Francophonie chief on official visit to Gabon

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Secretary General of the Francophonie, Michaëlle Jean, will pay an official visit to Gabon from 26 -29 August 2015, according to an announcement made available to PANA here Tuesday by the Francophonie.

During her visit, the Secretary General will meet with President Ali Bongo Ondimba, with prime minister and several cabinet members of Gabon.

According to the announcement, she will also meet key political and economic actors as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps and civil society.

"This visit will be an opportunity to take the full measure of the richness and quality of cooperation between the International Organization Francophonie and Gabon, particularly in the fields of economy, youth and sustainable development, "said the Secretary General.

Jean will also use the visit to discuss with the President of the Constitutional Court before speaking to women from various institutional networks and associations of civil society.

In addition, the Secretary-General will launch the French Fund for digital innovation at a large gathering with the Gabonese youth, and take part in the official opening of the Gabonese Agency for Space Studies and Observation (AGEOS) to the invitation of the President of the Republic.

Finally, the Secretary General will deliver an address at the official opening ceremony of the 4th Edition for Studies of the New York Forum Africa, which runs from 28-30 August in Libreville. The event is expected to bring together over 1,500 decision-makers from business and politics, as well as youth and representatives of international civil society.

"By focusing on concrete measures that will bring about the transformation of Africa at its next stage of development, this 4 th edition of the New York Forum Africa combines perfectly with the aims of the new economic strategy for the Francophonie" , said the Secretary General.

The visit of the General Secretary to Gabon is her second official visit to Central Africa since taking office, after Cameroon in April.

The OIF comprises 57 member states and governments and 23 observer countries.
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