Governor General to Undertake State Visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa

Governor General to Undertake State Visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/10/13 -- At the request of the
Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Their
Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of
Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct State visits to the
Republic of Ghana, from May 13 to 16; the Republic of Botswana, from
May 16 to 19; and the Republic of South Africa, from May 20 to 22,
2013. 
STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA 


 
                                    Accra                                   
                               Monday, May 13                               

 
3:15 p.m. 
Official Welcoming Ceremony in Ghana  
Upon their arrival in the capital city of Accra, Their Excellencies
will be officially welcomed by the Honourable Hanna Tetteh, Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Mrs. Trudy
Kernighan, High Commissioner of Canada to the Republic of Ghana. The
Governor General will then inspect the guard of honour and receive a
21-gun salute. 
Kotoka International Airport 
PHOTO OP  


 
                                    Accra                                   
                               Tuesday, May 14                              

 
9:15 a.m. 
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park 
Their Excellencies will pay homage to the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah,
former president of the Republic of Ghana (1960-1966), who oversaw
the nation's independence from British colonial rule on March 6,
1957, and became the first president of the country. They will lay
wreaths at the Mausoleum housing the tombs of the late president and
his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. Upon their departure, Their Excellencies
will sign the museum's guest book. 
Mausoleum, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park 
PHOTO OP 
10 a.m. 
Courtesy Call with the President of the Republic of Ghana 
The Governor General will meet with His Excellency John Dramani
Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, to further strengthen the
bilateral relations between our two countries. An expanded meeting
with the official and accompanying delegations will take place at
10:25 a.m. 
President's Office, Flagstaff House  
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting with the President and at
the end of the expanded meeting with the official and accompanying
delegations 
MEDIA AVAILABILITY-The Governor General and the President will
deliver a joint statement and answer questions from members of the
media following their meeting, from 11 a.m. to 11:25 a.m., in the
Foyer.  
10 a.m. 
Visit to BasicNeeds Ghana by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston 
BasicNeeds Ghana is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims
to increase recognition and respect for underprivileged people
suffering from mental illness. Her Excellency will tour the
psychiatry section of the hospital and meet with staff. The NGO
received support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which
went towards training for local political bodies, NGOs and
community-based organizations to include mentally ill individuals and
primary caregivers in their planning. For more information, visit
www.basicneeds.org/ghana. 
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 
12:30 p.m. 
Canada-Ghana Business Networking Luncheon 
The Governor General and Canadian delegates will attend a business
luncheon focusing on trade relations between Canada and Ghana. The
working luncheon will be attended by over 120 Ghanaian business
representatives, composed primarily of Canadian-based firms or their
representatives, important partners of Canada, senior members of the
Canada-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, and Ghanaian government agencies.
On this special occasion, the Governor General and His Excellency
Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana,
will speak about the economic ties between Canada and Ghana to
business leaders from both countries who are involved in Ghana's
growing economy. 
Ballroom 1, Movenpick Ambassador Hotel  
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only 
2:30 p.m. 
Panel Discussion at the University of Ghana 
Upon his arrival, His Excellency will be welcomed by Professor Ernest
Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, for a panel
discussion on 'Education and the Role of Higher Institutions in
Promoting Economic Advancement and Development.' The Governor General
will deliver a speech on the intersection of education, innovation
and the economy to academics, administrators, university students and
NGOs that specialize in education and development. 
The speech will be followed by a discussion with Canadian and
Ghanaian panellists, moderated by the Honourable Naana Jane
Opoku-Agyeman, Minister of Education. The event will take place at
the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at
the University of Ghana. Canada's International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) has recently provided funding to the ISSER through the
Think Tank Initiative to support the research project Gender and
Enterprise Development in Africa: A Cross-Country Comparative Study.  
The University of Ghana is the oldest and largest public university
in the country. Its mission is to develop world-class leaders and
capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges
through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge
dissemination. For more information, visit www.ug.edu.gh.  
Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of
Ghana 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
3:30 p.m. 
Visit to the Kathy Knowles Osu Community Library by Her Excellency
Sharon Johnston 
In 1990, Canadian Kathy Knowles read from a basket of books to six
children in her garden in Accra. Two years later, she transformed a
40-foot shipping container into a permanent library for children. The
project was such a success that the Osu Children's Library Fund has
since built seven large libraries in Greater Accra and supports more
than 200 initiatives in Ghana and beyond. 
During the visit, Her Excellency will meet with children who benefit
from this free literacy program and will present a gift of Canadian
books that have won the Governor General's Literary Award for
children's literature text and illustration. At 4:30 p.m., the
Governor General will join her for storytime with the children. For
more information, visit www.osuchildrenslibraryfund.ca.  
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 
7 p.m.  
State Dinner Hosted by the President of the Republic of Ghana  
Their Excellencies will attend a State dinner hosted by the President
of the Republic of Ghana. The Governor General and the President will
deliver speeches on this occasion. 
Banquet Hall, Flagstaff House 
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only 


 
                                   Kumasi                                   
                              Wednesday, May 15                             

 
9:40 a.m. 
Arrival in Kumasi 
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be greeted by a
representative of the Kingdom of Ashanti and the Honourable Eric
Opoku, Ashanti Regional Minister. 
Kumasi Airport 
PHOTO OP 
9:45 a.m. 
Courtesy Call with Ashanti Regional Minister  
Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Mr. Eric Opoku,
Ashanti Regional Minister. 
Lounge, Kumasi Airport 
PHOTO OP 
10:20 a.m. 
Visit to the Crops Research Institute (CRI) 
Their Excellencies will visit the CRI, where they will learn more
about the Ghana Grains Development Project (GGDP). Dr. Hans
Adu-Dapaah, Director of the CRI, will provide an overview of this
project, which focuses on maize research. Their Excellencies will
then visit a maize field and speak with farmers and researches about
the benefits of this successful Canada-Ghana collaboration in
agricultural research. 
Canada's support for the GGDP contributed to several new and improved
varieties of maize now widely used by farmers, including varieties
which have a higher nutritional value than traditional maize. As an
indication of the close relationship between Canada and Ghana,
researchers nicknamed one of the new Quality Protein Maize varieties
"CIDA-Ba" (CIDA Baby). For more information about the CRI, visit
www.cropsresearch.org.  
Crops Research Institute 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
1:30 p.m. 
Durbar with the King of the Kingdom of Ashanti 
In honour of Their Excellencies' visit to Kumasi, Otumfuo Osei Tutu
II, 16th King of the Kingdom of Ashanti, will host a durbar-a
gathering of chiefs of the Ashanti Region-at the Manhyia Palace.  
Amid traditional drumming, singing and dancing, a procession of
chiefs and Queenmothers and the King of Ashanti will appear at the
durbar in traditional ceremonial clothing accentuated with jewellery
and precious beads. The Governor General and the King of Ashanti will
deliver remarks on this occasion.  
Manhyia Palace 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
3 p.m. 
Courtesy Call with the King of the Kingdom of Ashanti 
Their Excellencies will meet with Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, 16th King of
the Kingdom of Ashanti. 
State Room, Manhyia Palace 
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 
STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA 


 
                                  Gaborone                                  
                              Thursday, May 16                              

 
3:35 p.m. 
Official Welcoming Ceremony in Botswana 
Upon their arrival in the capital city of Gabarone, Their
Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency Lieutenant
General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of
Botswana, and Mrs. Lisa Stadelbauer, High Commissioner of Canada to
the Republic of Botswana. During the inspection of the guard of
honour, the Governor General will receive a 21-gun salute.  
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport 
PHOTO OP 
5:10 p.m. 
Courtesy Call with the President of the Republic of Botswana 
The Governor General will meet with the President of the Republic of
Botswana. An extended meeting with the official and accompanying
delegations will take place at 5:30 p.m., in the Cabinet room. 
President's Office, Office of the President Building 
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of both meetings 


 
                                  Gabarone                                  
                               Friday, May 17                               

 
8:50 a.m. 
Visit to the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) 
Their Excellencies, joined by the Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila,
Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, will visit the DTCB
and see first-hand how rough diamonds arriving from the mines are
sorted into different categories according to their size, shape,
quality and colour. 
Since the early 1980s, Botswana has been the world's largest producer
of gem diamonds. DTCB is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between
the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the De Beers Family of
Companies. It is known as the world's largest and most sophisticated
rough diamond sorting and valuing operation. For more information,
visit www.dtcb.co.bw/index.php. 
Diamond Trading Company Botswana 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
10:15 a.m. 
Visit to the Tebelopele HIV Testing and Counselling Centre by Her
Excellency Sharon Johnston  
The prevalence of HIV among adults (aged 15 to 49) in Botswana is
estimated to be 25 per cent. Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will
visit Tebelopele, a local HIV testing and counselling clinic that
administers rapid testing to over 2 000 patients on a monthly basis
and offers counselling services to HIV patients and their families.
It also runs an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging people to
reduce their risks of contracting HIV.  
Tebelopele HIV Testing and Counselling Centre 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
10:30 a.m. 
Courtesy Call with the Commander of the Botswana Defence Force 
His Excellency will meet with Lieutenant General Gaolathe Galebotswe,
Commander of the Botswana Defence Force. 
Botswana Defence Force Staff College 
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting. 
10:45 a.m.  
Visit to the Botswana Defence Force Staff College and Address to
Students  
As commander-in-chief of Canada, His Excellency will visit the
facility to see how Canada and Botswana have developed strong defence
relations through Canada's Military Training and Co-operation
Program. Many senior members of the Botswana Defence Force have been
trained in Canada. In turn, Botswana will deliver Canadian-designed
peacekeeping programs to other countries in the region.  
Following the visit, His Excellency will address students and college
staff on the strong bilateral relations between Canada and Botswana,
as well as highlight Canada's excellence in training and capacity
building.  
Auditorium, Botswana Defence Force Staff College 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
12:30 p.m. 
State Luncheon Hosted by the Vice-President of the Republic of
Botswana 
Dr. Ponatshego P. H. K. Kedikilwe, Vice-President of the Republic of
Botswana, will host a State luncheon in honour of Their Excellencies'
visit to the country. 
Tsodila A Room, Gaborone International Convention Centre 
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only 
3:30 p.m. 
Visit to Stepping Stones International by Her Excellency Sharon
Johnston 
Her Excellency will meet with Canadians from World University
Services Canada (WUSC) who volunteer at the centre. She will also
have the opportunity to participate in after-school activities and
engage with youth who benefit from the program. 
The goal of Stepping Stones International is to unlock the potential
of orphaned and vulnerable adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18
years by nurturing their mental, physical and emotional well-being,
and by creating attainable opportunities for them to become
self-sufficient. The centre received funding from the Canada Fund for
Local Initiatives and the Canadian-based Stephen Lewis Foundation,
which works with grassroots organizations to turn the tide on
HIV/AIDS in Africa. The program was designed with input from
community members, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of
Education and the District Multi-sectoral AIDS Committee. For more
information, visit www.steppingstonesintl.org/newsite/ and
http://stephenlewisfoundation.org/index.cfm. 
Stepping Stones International, Mochudi, Kgatleng District 
OPEN TO MEDIA  


 
                    Orapa/Letlhakane Kimberlite District                    
                              Saturday, May 18                              

 
9:40 a.m. 
Visit to Karowe Diamond Mine Facilities and Operations 
Their Excellencies, accompanied by the Honourable Onkokame Kitso
Mokaila, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, will tour
this state-of-the-art mine located in the Orapa/Letlhakane Kimberlite
district, one of the world's most prolific diamond-producing areas.
Owned by the Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corporation, Karowe
Mine's mission is to build a leading African-focused diamond
production and development company. Their Excellencies' visit will
highlight Canada's commercial strength and capacity for innovation in
the resource sector, and the deployment of a comprehensive corporate
social responsibility program. For more information, visit
www.lucaradiamond.com/s/home.asp.  
Karowe Diamond Mine 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
11 a.m. 
Kgotla with Stakeholders 
Following their visit to the Karowe Diamond Mine, Their Excellencies
and the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources will
participate in a discussion with chiefs, small chiefs and traditional
leaders from surrounding villages on how the mine impacts their
communities. 
Kawore Diamond Mine 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
5:30 p.m. 
Discussion with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Volunteers 
His Excellency will meet with Mr. Philip Landon, WUSC Regional
Director in Botswana, and with Canadian volunteers who are working in
the country. WUSC's program in Botswana has focused on strengthening
national-level NGOs to provide more inclusive, improved and increased
HIV and AIDS services, to foster equality between women and men, and
to engage in policy dialogue for the benefit of disadvantaged or
marginalized communities. 
WUSC is a network of professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and
community leaders who, together, provide opportunities to some of the
world's most disadvantaged youth. WUSC works with and through its
southern partners-government, civil society and the private sector-to
strengthen education systems, expand employment opportunities, and
foster an environment in which the aspirations and full participation
of young people can be realized. For more information, visit
http://wusc.ca/  
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 


 
                                  Gaborone                                  
                               Sunday, May 19                               

 
11:40 a.m. 
Official Farewell Ceremony 
The Vice-President of the Republic of Botswana will bid Their
Excellencies farewell during an official ceremony that will include a
guard of honour and 21-gun salute.  
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport 
PHOTO OP  
STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 


 
                                  Cape Town                                 
                               Sunday, May 19                               

 
2:15 p.m. 
Arrival in South Africa 
Upon their arrival in Cape Town, Their Excellencies will be welcomed
by officials from the Government of South Africa and Mr. Gaston
Baran, High Commissioner of Canada to the Republic of South Africa. 
Cape Town International Airport 
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 


 
                                 Cape Town                                  
                               Monday, May 20                               

 
(ii) The detailed itinerary for this day is still to be confirmed and
will be published at a later date.(ii) 


 
                                  Cape Town                                 
                               Tuesday, May 21                              

 
9 a.m. 
Official Welcoming Ceremony 
Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency
Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.
During the ceremony, the Governor General will inspect the guard of
honour and receive a 21-gun salute. 
Parliamentary Precinct, Tuynhuys 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
9:35 a.m. 
Courtesy Call with the President of the Republic of South Africa 
The Governor General will meet with the President of the Republic of
South Africa. An expanded meeting with the official and accompanying
delegations will follow at 10 a.m. 
Parliamentary Precinct, Tuynhuys 
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of both meetings 
MEDIA AVAILABILITY-The Governor General and the President will
deliver a joint statement and answer questions from members of the
media following their meeting, from 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
10 a.m. 
Visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens by Her Excellency Sharon
Johnston 
Her Excellency will visit this amazing botanical garden, which is
dedicated to preserving the fynbos genus of plants. The genus is
unique to the Western Cape, yet contains one of the greatest number
of plant species in the world. During Her Excellency's tour, she will
hear about the work that Canada has supported through the South
African Department of Treasury and the National Biodiversity
Institute, in such areas as leadership development and change
management. For more information, visit
www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch.  
Kirstenbosch Gardens 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
12 p.m. 
State Luncheon Hosted by the President of the Republic of South
Africa 
On the occasion of Their Excellencies' visit to the country, the
President of the Republic of South Africa will host a State luncheon.
The Governor General and the President will deliver remarks on this
special occasion. 
Banquet Hall, Tuynhuys 
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only 
2 p.m. 
Address to the Joint Session of Parliament  
Upon their arrival at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa,
His Excellency and the President will be welcomed by the Honourable
Max Sisulu, Speaker of the National Assembly. The Governor General
will be the first Canadian head-of-State representative to address a
joint session of the National Assembly and the National Council of
Provinces. In his speech, the Governor General will highlight
Canada-South Africa partnership and shared values regarding
democratic institutions, the rule of law, freedom of expression and
human rights. For more information, visit www.parliament.gov.za.  
Parliament of the Republic of South Africa 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
4:30 p.m 
Courtesy Call from the Deputy President of the Republic of South
Africa 
The Governor General will meet with His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe,
Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. 
Table Bay Hotel 
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting 


 
                                  Pretoria                                  
                              Wednesday, May 22                             

 
9:24 a.m. 
Journey on the Gautrain 
His Excellency and Canadian delegates will travel on the Gautrain,
Africa's first rapid-rail public-transport project. Bombardier, as
part of the Bombela Consortium, is the builder of this high-speed
commuter rail service that travels between the central business
districts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. For more information, visit
www.gautrain.co.za 
Hatfield Station 
OPEN TO MEDIA 


 
                                Johannesburg                                
                              Wednesday, May 22                             

 
10:30 a.m. 
Visit to the Apartheid Museum 
His Excellency will visit an exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela,
who was central to every stage of South Africa's epic struggle
against apartheid. from formulating a new approach in the 1940s and
leading the mass struggles of the 1950s to the formation of Umkhonto
we Siswe in the early 1960s and his 27-year imprisonment. This great
African leader initiated and led negotiations in the 1990s, and
served as the first president of a democratic South Africa, building
a new nation from the fragments of conflict. For more information,
visit www.apartheidmuseum.org. 
Apartheid Museum 
OPEN TO MEDIA 
12 p.m. 
Canada-South Africa Business Networking Luncheon 
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address to over 120 South
African and Canadian business leaders at the Johannesburg Stock
Exchange, the largest exchange on the African continent. The Governor
General's address will focus on the strong South Africa-Canada trade
relationship, as well as the advantages of having Canadian companies
as partners in such areas as research, academic exchanges and
innovation.  
Atrium, Johannesburg Stock Exchange 
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only 


 
                                  Pretoria                                  
                              Wednesday, May 22                             

 
7 p.m. 
Official Farewell Ceremony 
Their Excellencies will be bid farewell during an official ceremony
that will include a guard of honour. 
Waterkloof Airbase 
PHOTO OP-Official photographers only 
Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in
Canada's relations with other countries. They are highly valuable as
they help broaden bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples. 
Members of the public can follow the Governor General's State visits
to the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Botswana and the Republic
of South Africa online at www.gg.ca, where speeches and photos will
be posted. 
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