The 15th Francophonie summit kicked off Saturday in Senegalese capital Dakar with the participation of 35 heads of state.
"The 15th edition of the summit, which is held every two years, will look into the full membership of some countries," a source affiliated with the summit told The Anadolu Agency.
"Moreover, the International Organization of La Francophonie [IOF] will define Francophone trends in the context of a long-term strategy," the source added.
A new IOF secretary general will be elected during the summit to replace former Senegalese president Abdou Diouf, who held the post for three consecutive four-year terms.
Canadian politician Michaelle Jean and Congolese diplomat Henri Lopes are the frontrunners for the post.
The Francophonie summit comes as the region of West Africa faces a variety of health, economic and security challenges, such as the crisis caused by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in the region.
Some of the security challenges include the spread of armed violence in several parts of the African continent, such as the events taking place in Nigeria and northern Cameroon, where the militant group Boko Haram is active.
AALast Mod: 29 Kasım 2014, 15:21