UPU and IOF forge strategic development partnership

02.12.2016 - The UPU and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) have entered into a framework agreement for cooperation on global development.

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein and IOF Administrator Adama Ouane sign the agreement in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The agreement was signed by UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein and IOF Administrator Adama Ouane during the 16th Francophonie Summit, which brought together more than 60 heads of state and government in Antananarivo, Madagascar, November 26-27. The agreement sets a roadmap for joint action in areas such as professional training, promotion of entrepreneurship among youth and women, and assistance to migrants. 

“With its 660,000 post offices worldwide, the postal network is a unique asset for sustainable and inclusive growth in French-speaking countries. This partnership will strengthen our organizations’ capacity to meet development challenges,” said Hussein. 

UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz also addressed the Economic Conference of La Francophonie that was organized in conjunction with the Summit. Clivaz stated, “We will work together to foster, through the postal services, the inclusion of youth and women in economic life.”

The IOF brings together 80 states and governments who share the French language and cultural values. The organization’s work includes political activities and cooperation in the areas of sustainable economic development, education, training, peace, democracy and human rights.



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