The 34th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie concluded on July 7 in Québec City (Canada) following several days of discussion.
According to a press release from the Québec government, during the event the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie and its commission on education, culture, and communication (CECAC) spoke with TV5 Monde General Manager Marie-Christine Saragosse. The commission, presided over by Swiss national councilor Didier Berberat, adopted a resolution “on this flagship institution of La Francophonie, which is a vehicle of the expression of cultural diversity and the dialogue of cultures in the French-speaking world.” The press release states that “the resolution recommends that La Francophonie member states support the channel in facing the digital revolution in order to consolidate its distribution by granting it a cable or satellite must-carry rule, by developing its program broadcasting through cooperative projects—particularly in Africa—and by linking the channel with new distribution methods.”
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie also recommended “making the most popular programs (films, documentaries, sports) available, promoting the channel’s digital tools in national education facilities devoted to teaching French, and encouraging cooperation in the promotion of French and teacher training using TV5 Monde as well as the French-language cultural network. Finally, the assembly hopes that these support measures will help the channel in developing its strategic plan, which will be submitted to the conference of ministers responsible for TV5 Monde before the end of 2008.”
The full text of the resolution is available on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie website.
For this 34th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie, over 300 francophone parliamentarians from five continents gathered in Québec City during the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding by Samuel de Champlain of Québec City—the first permanent French-speaking settlement in North America.