As part of its mission of promoting cultural diversity and in the interest of applying the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, OIF is increasing its support for the implementation of public cultural policies.
"The goal of this new instrument is to help French-speaking states in developing countries to create frameworks conducive to cultural expression through legislation, regulation, and other tools to create an organized, competitive, and profitable market in the cultural sector.
This measure is part of OIF's 2010–2013 program and will be tested in four pilot countries chosen from among the 13 target states ( Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad, and Togo).
In order to select the pilot countries and ensure that this initiative gets underway successfully, the relevant authorities of the target states are invited to indicate their interest by submitting a portfolio as per program guidelines to OIF's French Language, Cultural Diversity, and Linguistics Branch.
As the program's active phase is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2011, submissions must be received by OIF no later than March 15."