Minister Valcourt Promotes Economic Strategy for La Francophonie

January 28, 2012 - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), gave a speech on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the 44th annual banquet of the University of Moncton’s Faculty of Administration, in which he highlighted how French-Canadian universities contribute to La Francophonie’s economic development.

“Our government recognizes the importance of attracting the best students to Canada,” Minister Valcourt said to an audience of more than 600 students and New Brunswick’s business leaders. “International students who avail themselves of Canada’s world-class educational institutions create jobs and stimulate economic growth, and they strengthen our people-to-people ties with other countries, especially emerging markets.”

At the Francophonie Summit held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in October 2012, which Canada attended, participants undertook to provide La Francophonie with an economic strategy.

“I am convinced that an economic strategy will have very positive benefits, not only for Canada but for all members of La Francophonie,” added Minister Valcourt. “Canada’s francophone universities and colleges must play a prominent role in developing this strategy by welcoming international students.”

The University of Moncton’s Faculty of Administration is attended by 260 international students from 24 Francophonie countries.

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