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Itinerary - Visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa

May 10, 2013

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

OTTAWA—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, Mövenpick 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 bythe 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, visitwww.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 Fundhas 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

8:40 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 

8:45 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 

9:20 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 Regionat 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 byHis 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

Gaborone
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 withLieutenant 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 withgrassroots 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, visitwww.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 willhighlight 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

6 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 OPOfficial 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 farewellduring an official ceremony that will include a guard of honour and 21-gun salute.
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
PHOTO OP  

PRE-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 OP­Official photographers only

Cape Town
Monday, May 20
 

10 a.m.
Visit to Iziko Slave Lodge
Joined by Ms. Rookshana Omar, CEO of Iziko Museums South Africa, Their Excellencies will visit the Lodge, which provides insight into how the slave trade influenced the history of Cape Town. The tour offered by Ms. Omar will explain what life was like for the slaves living in the lodge and illustrate the cramped living conditions that existed on board slave ships travelling the Indian Ocean slave trade route. This route brought slaves to the Cape from Indonesia, India-Ceylon, Mozambique and Madagascar. For more information, visit www.iziko.org.za/museums/slave-lodge.
Iziko Slave Lodge
PHOTO OP­Official photographers only

12:15 p.m.
Discussion on Growth and Opportunities in African Countries
Their Excellencies will meet with local fishermen and officials from National Treasury and the City of Cape Town to learn about how the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is working with the South African Department of Treasury to further the development of this local fishing port.

With CIDA’s support, the South African Department of Treasury is fostering better management of the port by coordinating economic development, resource management and improved governance between three levels of authority: the City of Cape Town, the province of Western Cape, and the national government.

Canada has also assisted the port through work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to manage and conserve fish stocks in the area.
Port of Hout Bay
PHOTO OPWalkabout in the Port of Hout Bay

2:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion on International Education and Science Collaboration
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address on the future co-operation between Canada and South Africa in physics and space exploration, as well as on education exchanges between universities and the private sector.

His speech will be followed by a discussion with Canadian and South African panellists on science and technology exchanges, science policy development, and business-university co-operation in science and technology. The Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA)will be highlighted asan example of a project thatcould pave the way for co-operation between Canada and South Africa in such fields as education, research, economy and technological development.

The SKA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope.Thousands of linked radio wave receptors will be located in Australia and in southern Africa. Combining the signals from the antennas in each region will create a telescope with a collecting area equivalent to a dish with an area of about one square kilometre. The SKA aims to address fundamental unanswered questions about our universe. Its construction is scheduled to start in 2016. For more information, visit www.skatelescope.org.
Department of Astronomy, University of Cape Town
OPEN TO MEDIA

STATE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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 

2:05 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—Official photographers only


Johannesburg

Tuesday, May 21

6:45 p.m.
Governor General's Address at the University of Witwatersrand
His Excellency will deliver a speech on Canada and South Africa relations to students, faculty staff and academics. A discussion with the audience will follow. This event is organized in conjunction with the University and the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Jan Smuts House, East Campus
OPEN TO MEDIA 

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 willvisit 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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