La Francophonie is an international organisation of countries that have French as language of communication.
The top most executive of the organisation is the Secretary General elected during a summit Heads of State and Government.
The Secretary General heads and is the legal representative the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).
Louise Mushikiwabo is the current Secretary General of La Francophonie. She was elected for four year mandate that can be renewed during the 17th Francophonie Summit that held on 11th and 12th October 2018 in Yerevan by the Heads of State and Government in attendance.
She effectively took office in January 2019 as the fourth Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Louise Mushikiwabo who was born on 22nd May 1961 in Jabana, Rwanda previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda from 2009 to 2018. She was one time Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information.
The Francophonie scribe is a graduate of the University of Delaware 1986–1988 and the National University of Rwanda
Functions of the Secretary General
According to the Charter of La Francophonie the secretary General ensures a direct link between the authorities and the operational mechanism of La Francophonie. During sessions of La Francophonie, the SG is in charge of the secretariat.
She also chairs the Permanent Council of La Francophonie.
The Secretary General leads the political action of La Francophonie, and she is the spokesperson and the official representative at the international level.
She is also responsible for the animation of the French-speaking multilateral co-operation and chairs the Cooperation Council which brings together the Administrator of the OIF and the leaders of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF) and specialized operators.
Louise Mushikiwabo is the first African Woman to hold the position of Secretary General of La Francophonie