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Trinidad and Tobago

STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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 an official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil, from April 22 to 28; a working visit to Barbados,on April 29 and 30; and a State visit tothe Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,on May 1 and 2, 2012.

For more information on the announcement of these visits, please see the news release.

Monday, April 30
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Upon their arrival in Port of Spain, Their Excellencies were greeted by His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and other government officials.

8:30 p.m.
Arrival in Port of Spain

The Governor General will present a 50th anniversary commemorative coin to His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago before meeting him privately. An expanded meeting with the Canadian delegation will follow. This year marks 50 years of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as 50 years of independence for Trinidad and Tobago.
Piarco International Airport, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Tuesday, May 1
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Their Excellencies met with His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

11 a.m.
Courtesy Call on the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Their Excellencies will meet with His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. An expanded meeting with the Canadian delegation will follow during which the Governor General will present a 50th anniversary commemorative coin. This year marks 50 years of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as 50 years of independence for Trinidad and Tobago.
Knowsley Residence, President’s Compound, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

12:15 p.m.
Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, The signature of a Technical Framework Arrangement with Trinidad and Tobago will then take place with the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs). Following the signature, the Governor General will present a 50th anniversary commemorative coin to the Prime Minister. An expanded meeting with the Canadian delegation will follow.
Prince Charles and Octagon Rooms, Diplomatic Centre, Trinidad and Tobago

1:20 p.m.
Official Luncheon Hosted by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
In honour of Their Excellencies’ State visit to the country, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will host an official luncheon with government officials, civil society, academics and prominent business people. The Governor General and the Prime Minister will deliver remarks on this occasion, and will present the commemorative coin marking 50 years of bilateral relations between our two countries to the winner of the commemorative coin logo competition.
Ballroom, Diplomatic Centre, Trinidad and Tobago

3:45 p.m.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at St. James Commonwealth Military Cemetery
His Excellency, accompanied by his spouse and the Canadian delegation, will lay a wreath to pay respects, on behalf of all Canadians, to the Canadian servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice, serving and protecting their country during the Second World War.
St. James Commonwealth Military Cemetery, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

6:30 p.m.
State Banquet Hosted by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will host a State banquet in honour of Their Excellencies’ visit to the country. Both the President and the Governor General will deliver brief remarks on this occasion.
Ballroom, Knowsley Residence, President’s Compound, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, May 2
Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Their Excellencies concluded their State visit to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Before leaving, Mrs. Sharon Johnston visited Naparima Girls College as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

9:20 a.m.
Visit to Art Connect Program

Her Excellency will interact with teachers and students involved in the Art Connect Program at Success Laventille High School, which fosters self-empowerment among youths in the under privileged community of Laventille through the creation of a series of artistic activities. During her visit, she will attend a presentation by the high school’s steel pan orchestra and view short excerpts of the film being produced about the students from the Art Connect Program.
Success Laventille Secondary School, Fernandes Compound, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, May 2
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

9:30 a.m.
Security Cooperation Announcements

The Governor General will witness the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) making security cooperation announcements.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communications, Auditorium

10:15 a.m.
Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque at the Canadian High Commission

To commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency will unveil a commemorative plaque at the Canadian High Commission.
High Commission of Canada, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, May 2
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

11 a.m.
Visit to Naparima Girls College
Her Excellency will visit the college as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The school has strong links with Canada as it was started by a Canadian Presbyterian minister, Reverend Fultin Coffin. Mrs. Sharon Johnston will have the opportunity to tour the facility, meet and talk with students, and participate in a classroom activity. In honour of her visit, she will plant a Tamarind tree near the dormitory of the school built by Canadian missionaries.
4 La Pique Road, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, May 2
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

11:45 a.m.
Luncheon with Canadian and Local Business Community and Key Ministers

His Excellency and the Canadian delegation will meet with leaders of the Canadian business community in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as with heads of business associations and key ministers to highlight Canada’s corporate social responsibility efforts and commercial relationship with Trinidad and Tobago. The Governor General will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Jade Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

2:50 p.m.
Keynote Address at University of the West Indies

The Governor General will sign the university’s guest book and present a 50th anniversary coin commemorative coin to Professor Clement K. Sankat, Principal of the St. Augustine campus of the Universityof the West Indies. He will delivering a keynote address on “Educating and Innovating in a Connected World” to students, faculty staff and education experts brought together from various learning institutions to the University of the West Indies. A panel discussion on educational linkages with Canadian delegates and Trinidadian counterparts will follow.

The University of the West Indies, established in 1948 initially as an external college of the University of London and made fully independent in 1962, is the oldest, fully regional institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The University has expanded to four campuses that serve diverse communities across the Caribbean region.
Daaga Auditorium, University of the West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago