Banquet Hall, Flagstaff House
OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only
Kumasi Wednesday, May 15
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.
Courtesy Call with Ashanti Regional Minister
Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Mr. Eric Opoku, Ashanti Regional Minister.
Lounge, Kumasi Airport
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
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 Region-at 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.
OPEN TO MEDIA
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
Official Welcoming Ceremony in Botswana
Upon their arrival in the capital city of Gabarone, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His 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
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
Gabarone Friday, May 17