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Prime Minister travelling to Liberia to attend XVI Summit of La Francophonie in Madagascar 

Ottawa – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that he will visit Monrovia, Liberia on November 24 and will then travel to Antananarivo, Madagascar, to take part in the XVI Summit of La Francophonie on November 26 and 27.

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, gender equality, economic growth, and protection of the environment worldwide.

In Liberia, the Prime Minister will meet with President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as with stakeholders who advocate for women’s rights and gender equality around the world. They will discuss the role of women in peace and security, governance, health, economic growth, and sustainable development in Liberia and throughout Africa.

In Madagascar, the Prime Minister will attend the Francophonie Summit, where he will promote diversity, the empowerment of women and girls, the need for gender equality, and efforts to combat climate change.

Canada places special importance on its participation in La Francophonie, which is an important forum to discuss major international issues and promote diversity and inclusion. The Prime Minister will use this first visit to Africa to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to Africa and to working together on shared priorities.

 Trudeau said: “This visit to Liberia and Madagascar demonstrates Canada’s renewed commitment to Africa. We want to strengthen relations with our African partners and advance issues such as the rights of women and girls, gender equality, health, and peace and security.

“The French language and culture have played a defining role in shaping the bilingual, diverse country that is Canada today and I am proud to participate in the Summit for the first time. I look forward to building new ties with Francophone countries around the world and working closely to tackle the challenges we collectively face.

“We know African youth are vital to the future of La Francophonie and the development of Francophone communities around the world. That is why Canada is committed to several projects to support youth and promote entrepreneurship.” 

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