October 23 to 26, 2018
At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor General visited West Africa from October 23 to 30, 2018. Her first stop was Burkina Faso, from October 23 to 26.
Tuesday, October 23
The Governor General was greeted in Ouagadougou by His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, Mr. Edmond Wega, Ambassador of Canada to Burkina Faso, and representatives of the Burkinabè government.
Wednesday, October 24
Her Excellency was officially welcomed during a ceremony where she received military honours and met with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. She addressed the members of the National Assembly. In the evening, a State dinner was held in her honour by President Kaboré.
Thursday, October 25
The Governor General and the Canadian delegation visited an elementary school in the Koubri Department, on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, and met with women who have experienced obstetric fistulas and have been taken in by the Fondation Rama. In the afternoon, Her Excellency spoke with students from a high school which focuses on sciences and visited the 2iE laboratories to speak with students conducting research on technologies for adapting to climate change.
Friday, October 26
The Governor General and Canadian delegation visited the Salon international de l’artisanat de Ouagadougou.