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[rpd] Improving participation of francophone and arab country (was Re: Contents of RPD digest...")

Christian Ahiauzu christian.ahiauzu at
Wed Dec 30 07:12:54 UTC 2015

Hello Chevalier, all

On Dec 29, 2015 06:28, "Chevalier du Borg" <virtual.borg at> wrote:
> Thank you Scott, for proving that if anyone really does care, they can
> find a way. I use Google translate a lot too!
> for the francophones complaining
> a) you still have the option of contributing in french
> b) you have additional option of using google translate
> c) if anyone asks the list "can someone please translate what Andrew
> Alson just said" - i am sure you will get volunteers
> my guess is the problem is not language ... it's just lack of interest
> in engaging and not willing to put the effort.

I wouldn't elude to saying that this seeming lack of participation is due
to lack of interest. Most francophones are already participating in English
since they can speak the language.

I have listened with keen interest to the conversation thus far. I think a
policy to this regard may solve the problem. There can be no policy
development process without language and communication. It is a vital part
of the entire RPD process. We could look in the direction of a policy to
protect both francophones and anglophones. Not sure if such policy already


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