PM announces Governor General state visits to Ghana, Botswana and South Africa

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel 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.

The Governor General will participate in meetings with heads of state and government, senior officials, and civil society in all three countries with a view to further strengthening bilateral relations and deepening commercial and educational ties.

Canada has unique relations with all the African countries being visited by the Governor General, including strong commercial and educational ties with Ghana, significant mutual investment with Botswana, and strong education and commercial ties with South Africa.

Africa remains a priority area for Canadian international development assistance. The continent is also a priority market for Canada as it is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and offers tremendous opportunities in areas such as the extractive and infrastructure sectors.

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