Zeina Mina visits Armenia to discuss bid to host 2027 Francophonie Games

 14:12, 16 November 2023

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 16, ARMENPRESS. Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office Arayik Harutyunyan has held a meeting with a delegation led by Zeina Mina, the Director of the International Committee of the Francophonie Games (Les Jeux de la Francophonie).

Zeina Mina expressed condolences on the passing of Christian Ter-Stepanian, the Representative of Armenia to the International Organization of Francophonie. Mina said that Ter-Stepanian’s passing is a great loss not only for Armenia but also for the International Organization of Francophonie.

Mina thanked the Armenian government for submitting a bid to host the 2027 Francophonie Games  and congratulated Armenia on its active participation and medal wins at this year’s games in Kinshasa, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a readout.

During the meeting the sides discussed a number of issues related to Armenia’s bid and hosting the games in Armenia. The members of the delegation presented their observations and recommendations on the venues for organizing the games, noting that a high-level hosting of the 2027 Games is important also in terms of it being the 10th anniversary games.

According to a preliminary assessment by the delegation, Armenia’s infrastructures are rather developed, and the high-level of organization of recent events, including the 2018 La Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, is a testament that hosting the 2027 Games in Armenia will be successful.

Harutyunyan said that the Armenian authorities are committed to organize the event on the highest level and if Armenia’s bid is confirmed the authorities will make every effort in this direction in close collaboration with the International Committee of the Francophonie Games.