La Francophonie, an unrecognized economic tool

Francophony summarizes the countries that use French as their mother tongue, language of use, administrative language, or teaching language every day. This shared language is a powerful economic asset with great potential.

The French-speaking world (88 member states and governments of the La Francophony International Organization) produces 16% of the world’s GDP and is showing 7% economic growth. It is heterogeneous (population statistics, training, social and health systems, financial strength, industrial equipment, food dependence, energy dependence, innovation and investment), but hides additional support: natural resources (oil, gas, uranium). , “Gold Green”) Reservoir), the world’s most powerful banking system (Europe, Canada), Strategic Energy Supply Corridor. Sharing French promotes the growth of economic and commercial relationships between French-speaking partners and constitutes a privileged area of ​​exchange. The economic relationship between France and Quebec shows this. Quebec is Canada’s major state in terms of the number of French companies it considers to have access to the North American market. Conversely, the French partners of Quebec companies promote European Union market practices.

French, the world’s second-learned language with 300 million speakers, the world’s second-learned language, is the only English language on five continents. am. With a market of 540 million people, Francophony should exceed 700 million by 2050, driven by African demographics. And if African French speakers make up 60% of this French-speaking country, they speak essentially multiple languages, especially English and Arabic. The power in a highly competitive geopolitical world where language solidarity can generate specific economic resistance and even economic growth underpinned by common values.

Entry into a new era is swapping cards after the dependencies revealed by the global health crisis: the necessary transfers of strategic production, the remarkable rise in raw material prices, bipolar economic warfare, and forced marches. Ecological transition. In this tense situation, Francophone is unique to integrate its economic foundations, including a global network of French-speaking universities (AUFs), a major investment program in digital technology and artificial intelligence, and the Forum Francophone business. Benefit from the tools. The FFA defends the interests of French-speaking companies in nearly 120 countries around the world through a network of local business leaders and national institutional relays. This “French Davos” is a dialogue between French-speaking leaders around the world who are their spokespersons through the Francophone-speaking Economic Observatory and the Assies de la Francophonie économique it organizes.

La Francophony adjusts its strengths and finds itself at a particularly convenient moment to work with international organizations as an area of ​​influence and future economics.

“Francophony, which accepts a market of 540 million people, should exceed 700 million by 2050, driven by African demographics. »»

Florence Brillouin, Americas Representative, Forum Francophone de Affairs, Constellum President, International Development

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