The World in Archipelagos, for multilingual globalisation

Languages For The Economy

25 september 2018 at 7pm

at the palais des académies of Brussels


Does a linguistic area invent specific social and economic models? What then are these models driven by the French language? Are they still relevant or should they be redesigned according to recently emerged economic and cultural contexts? What challenges are involved in a country taking up French to contribute to its economic growth and governance? Is a French-speaking area necessary in economic globalisation and how can it be strengthened on the basis of equality and respect of differences and identities?

The speakers

François Grin

François Grin is a full professor of economics in the Faculty of translation and interpretation (FTI) at Geneva University, where he heads the Economics-Languages-Training Observatory ( François Grin has specialised in language economics, education economics, and the evaluation of public policies in those fields. He is currently the leader of the MIME project (“Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe”, 2014-2018) financed by the European Commission (Framework Programme 7), which brings together researchers from 22 universities in 16 European countries and in which ten or so social and human sciences are represented. Involved in various francophone bodies, he has been a member of the Francophone University Agency (AUF) Scientific Committee and is currently president of the Délégation suisse à la langue française (DLF).

Romain Jeblick - Cancellation

Romain Jeblick took German studies, history, political sciences and business information systems. He has published numerous articles and books on the evolution of the information society and digital technology, including Die digitale Revolution - Segen oder Fluch? (The Digital Revolution – A blessing or a curse?, 2017). To raise public awareness of the structural shift of the emerging global digital era, Romain Jeblick initiated several societies, such as the Luxembourg Information Society (SIL) in 1997, the Information Society Professionals Association (Apsi) in 2000 and the Luxembourg Organization for Reproduction Rights (LUXORR) in 2005. Since 2015, he has conceptualised the electronic platform (Luxembourg Online Rights Desk) which aims to offer a ‘neutral’ alternative to the major transatlantic players.

Monica Jiman

Monica Jiman is the director of the Pentalog Software Factory, which specialises in producing IT solutions, IT consulting and cloud solutions in Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Vietnam and Uruguay. She is also a Foreign Trade Advisor to the French government in Romania, a member of the Francophone University Agency’s Strategic Development Committee as well as a member of the Management Board of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania (CCIFER). In 2015, she received the “Outsourcing Manager of the Year” award at the Romanian Outsourcing Awards for Excellence Gala, from The Diplomat.

The moderator

Paul Germain

Paul Germain has been editor-in-chief at TV5MONDE since 2004. He is responsible for the channel’s European programmes. He presents ‘Le Bar de l’Europe’, a weekly programme produced at the European Parliament. This show is also broadcast on RTBF (the public broadcasting organisation of the French Community of Belgium). Paul Germain is also editor-in-chief of the programme #MOE, Maghreb-Orient Express, dedicated to Mediterranean cultures. He is in charge of many of the channel’s special operations, like, for example, the coverage of the upcoming Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, in October 2018. Before he joined TV5MONDE, Paul Germain was a journalist for almost 20 years at RTBF. There he was a reporter, the TV news presenter, and the host of debates, particularly for the programme ‘L’écran Témoin’. Since 1992, Paul Germain has been a university lecturer at the EJL, the School of Journalism at Louvain University.

Practical Information


At the Palais des Académies, rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

On Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7pm

Discussions in French, translated in English.

Free entrance

Entrance upon registration only. Thank you for confirming your attendance by clicking on the link below.

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"The World in Archipelagos" is an initiative by the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe together with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the Service for Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France in Belgium, the Embassy of Luxembourg in Belgium, the Embassy of Switzerland in Belgium, the Québec Government Office in Brussels, the Embassy of Tunisia in Brussels (the Tunisian socio-cultural Centre in Brussels) and the Palais des Académies.