Amb. Nkulikiyimfura presented the letters of credence to OIF Secretary-General, Louise Mushikiwabo on 19th July 2022.
Nkulikiyimfura was appointed Rwanda’s ambassador to France in April 2022 replacing François Xavier Ngarambe. Prior to the this appointment, he was representing Rwanda’s interests in Qatar.
Louise Mushikiwabo was elected as the Secretary-General of OIF in 2018, replacing Canadian, Michaelle Jean.
After presenting credentials, OIF has via Twitter account revealed that Amb. Nkulikiyimfura and Mushikiwabo held talks revolving around reinforcing cooperation between OIF and Rwanda, particularly the “mobility project” aimed at enhancing French language teaching among its member states.
The project which started with countries including Rwanda, Ghana and Guinea is expected to reach 10 countries.
In April this year, Rwanda received 45 French language teachers following the first batch of 25 teachers sent by OIF.
The recent teachers sent to Rwanda are from Gabon, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Bénin, Togo, Cameroun, Burundi, Burkina Faso and France.
The recent report of OIF show that there were 300 million French speakers around the world in 2018 expected to increase to 700 million in 2060.
On 19th July 2022, Amb. Nkulikiyimfura also presented credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to represent Rwanda.
Their discussions focused on the importance of tangible and intangible world heritage and the education of young girls.