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Her Majesty the Queen begins State Visit to Ghana Thursday

21.11.2017  19:12
The objective of the State Visit is to confirm and further strengthen the already close relations between Denmark and Ghana

The Embassy of Denmark, Accra, 21/11-17

On Thursday 23 November, Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark begins the official State Visit to Ghana. The Queen will meet President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, other key representatives of the Ghanaian government, Danish and Ghanaian businesses and cultural institutions.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr. Anders Samuelsen, and Minister for Food and Environment, Mr. Esben Lunde Larsen are joining the Queen together with more than 90 representatives of 39 Danish companies.

The objective of the State Visit is to confirm and further strengthen the already close relations between Denmark and Ghana and to set focus on the transition which is currently taking place from development to commercial cooperation. After having had an extensive development cooperation for more than 25 years, Denmark and Ghana are increasingly increasing the trade relations and more and more Danish companies are coming to Ghana to invest.

The accompanying Danish business delegation reflects the interest in increasing the commercial cooperation. It is focusing on three main areas: Agriculture & Food; the Sustainability area (incl. renewable energy and waste management); and Maritime and infrastructure.

The programme of her Majesty the Queen will contain a combination of official meetings, visits to activities undertaken by Danish companies, and visits to sites of cultural interest.

Her Majesty the Queen will open the visit by a courtesy call to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Flagstaff House. The President is hosting a welcome dinner, and Her Majesty the Queen later in the week hosts a return dinner to show appreciation for the warm welcome in Ghana.

Included in the programme is also visits to Danish companies such as a Diabetes Center supported by the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and the port expansion activities in Tema Port supported by Maersk.

Among the cultural activities is a visit to Osu Castle which includes a book launch of the second edition of Professor Nii-Adziri Wellington’s book “Stones Tell Stories” about Danish houses in Accra. The Queen will also be visiting the Arts & Design Centre, where Ms. Constance Swaniker, a talented artist herself, trains young people in the art of producing art and crafts of the highest quality.