H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), will pay an official visit to Cambodia, from Dec. 2 to 5, 2019, at the invitation of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, this is her first official visit to strengthen ties between Cambodia and OIF after taking office as Secretary General on Jan. 3, 2019.
This official visit will take place at the same time of the General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) in Phnom Penh, an important Francophone event hosted by Cambodia.
During her stay in Phnom Penh, the OIF secretary general will be received in a Royal Audience by His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, and pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Moreover, H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo will meet with H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and H.E. Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, Secretary General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia.
In Siem Reap, the secretary general will be welcomed by the governor of Siem Reap province, visit Angkor temples, attend the Regional Seminar for Action Research, organised by the Asia-Pacific Regional Francophone Centre (CREFAP) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Cambodia, and visit bilingual classes at the Wat Bo Primary School.
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) was created in 1970 by the four founding fathers - H.E. Leopold Sedar Senghor, President of Senegal, H.E. Habib Bourguiba, President of Tunisia, H.E. Hamani Diori, President of Niger, and His Majesty the late King-Father, Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
Currently, OIF has become one of the largest governmental organisations in the world (after the United Nations). It has 88 member states and governments (54 full members, 7 associate members and 27 observer states.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press