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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Foreign Ministry Staff Learn French

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4th May 2012, Suva: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation today began French language training courtesy of the French Embassy in Suva.

The objective of the training is to increase professional competency and to facilitate social integration during assignment abroad, and to provide intercultural effectiveness expertise at the individual and organizational levels to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation achieve its policy and program objectives in an intercultural environment. 

The language session comprises 48 hours of French conducted by the Alliance Française of Suva through the kind assistance of the French Embassy in Suva. Contents of the courses are designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages that outlines 6 levels for all European languages from basic user to advanced user. The French classes will allow the students to sit for the first level of the DELF exam: DELF A1. This international exam is created by the French Ministry of Education for French learners and is recognized worldwide. The Alliance française is the only exam centre in Fiji that offers DELF exams and runs two sessions per year.

In commending the French Embassy and the Alliance française the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara observed that,“The importance of language for diplomacy cannot be overstated. Language is a central tool for diplomats. Diplomats interact, negotiate, and send signals through language. Language is also a powerful tool in shaping the agendas and discourse of international relations. Control of the meaning of words and concepts usually leads towards control of processes, and ultimately, to power. Fiji has diplomatic relations with over 100 countries in which knowledge of a foreign language is considered important to the successful conduct of our foreign relations. The Ministry wishes to thank the French Embassy and the Alliance française for the training being undertaken which will enhance the foreign language proficiency of the Ministry staff and enable them to be better representatives of Fiji.” END.

[Photo left to right: Jérémy FINNAZ Regional Attaché for French Language and Culture, French Embassy addressing Foreign Affairs Staff; French Lecturer Eddy Banare with Foreign Affairs Staff]