The Québec government assisted in setting up the Institut de la Francophonie pour la gestion dans la Caraïbe (French-language institute dedicated to management issues in the Caribbean, or IFGCar for short), which was inaugurated in Port-au-Prince on April 8. The main objective of the institute, which is connected to the Francophone University Agency (AUF), is to train public and private and local community management specialists in the Caribbean region.
The institute will assist in the development of countries in the Caribbean region. More specifically, it will respond to the need for high-level management training in public institutions and private enterprises. As the first institution of its kind in Haiti, IFGCar will offer a training program leading to a master’s degree in economics and management that is structured according to a professional or research focus. Québec universities will be invited to form partnerships with this new institute.
In addition to the annual support it provides the AUF, the Ministère des Relations internationales contributed $250,000 to set up IFGCar. This support was announced by Premier Jean Charest during a mission to Port-au-Prince in June 2005.
IFGCar was created on the initiative of the AUF, an agency of the International Francophone Organization (OIF), and the Haitian government. The Haitian, Canadian and French governments, the International association of French-language mayors, the École supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti and the AUF also helped finance the new infrastructure.
Institut de la Francophonie pour la gestion dans la Caraïbe (in French)