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

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.

Sharon and I are looking forward to our State visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa to reinforce Canada s continued engagement in Africa, said His Excellency. My meetings with government officials and civil society will provide an opportunity to underscore Canada s interests in further strengthening its commercial and education ties with all three countries, as well as to highlight good governance, the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and human rights. Reinforcing our existing partnerships and assessing opportunities to create new ones is essential for greater cooperation between Canadians and Africans.

His Excellency will be joined by parliamentarians; and an accompanying delegation of Canadians who will enhance people-to-people ties with their Ghanaian, Botswana and South African counterparts. These exchanges will further develop the wide-ranging and multi-faceted relationship with Africa, a major economic player and priority market for Canada, and will provide greater visibility for bilateral co-operation initiatives in various sectors, particularly in strategies promoting innovation, economic development and education in all three countries.

State Visit to Ghana May 13 to 16

In the capital city of Accra, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. During meetings with the President, government officials, and civil society, the Governor General will underscore Ghana s good will and progress on governance, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. He will also witness first-hand the impact of the Canadian International Development Agency s involvement in an agricultural research project on maize at the Crops Research Institute in Kumasi, and the success story of Canadian Kathy Knowles, who built a library and literacy program for disadvantaged children out of a 40-foot container in Accra. Furthermore, His Excellency will help promote Canada s investment interests and trade collaboration at a business networking luncheon with Ghanaian and Canadian leaders in the capital city, and during a one-day visit in the Ashanti Region, in Kumasi.

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Date:May 9, 2013
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