The Dakar summit offered an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate Secretary General Abdou Diouf’s legacy to La Francophonie, in his country of origin, at the end of his third, and final, term.
In the context of its participation in the Dakar summit, Canada emphasized its foreign policy and development priorities:
Within La Francophonie, Canada continues to:
- encourage respect for linguistic and cultural diversity;
- help achieve sustainable economic growth and the integration of developing countries of the South into the global economy as well as contribute to fighting poverty; and
- provide international visibility for Canada’s francophone community.
Canada has hosted the Summit of La Francophonie three times: first in Québec in 1987, then in Moncton in 1999, and again in Québec in 2008, which marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city.