October 26 to 28, 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 where she undertook a State visit to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, from October 26 to 28.
Friday, October 26
Upon arrival in Abidjan, Her Excellency was greeted by Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Julie Shouldice, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, and representatives of the Ivorian government. She then took part in an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace where she met His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Her Excellency also received an honorary citizenship scroll and the keys to the city from Mr. Robert Beugré Mambé, Minister-Governor of the Abidjan Autonomous District.
Saturday, October 27
The Governor General and the Canadian delegation visited a cocoa plantation to learn more about the challenges of this industry. In Yamoussoukro, they met with women elected to the Senate and National Assembly, as well as with female Ivorian ministers, customary chiefs and local representatives. In the afternoon, the Governor General spoke with the students of the Institut national polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny.