Minister of State Bernard Valcourt to Meet Secretary General of La Francophonie Abdou Diouf

(No. 264 - September 14, 2011 - 3 p.m. ET) The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), will be in Paris September 15 and 16, 2011, to meet with Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

During his visit, the Minister will also take part in working meetings to discuss some of La Francophonie’s major priorities, such as the 2012 Kinshasa Summit and the French Language World Forum, which will take place in the city of Québec in July 2012.

The Minister will also meet with Frédéric Lefebvre, France’s Secretary of State for Tourism with responsibilities for Commerce, Small and Mid-sized Businesses, Independent Professions and Consumer Affairs, and will hold a round-table discussion with potential investors in Atlantic Canada.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Andréa Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie)
613-790-3637

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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