#Canada’s Governor General to Undertake Visits to #Brazil, #Barbados and #Trinidad and #Tobago
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 an official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil, from April 22 to 28; a working visit to Barbados, on April 29 and 30; and a State visit to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on May 1 and 2, 2012.
“Sharon and I are looking forward to conducting this official visit to Brazil to strengthen the good relationship between our two countries,” said the Governor General. “Canada and Brazil are partners in a number of fields, including education, science and technology, innovation and commerce.”
“I’m very honoured to lead a delegation of exceptional Canadians representing these key fields, as well as 30 university presidents who embody the best of Canada’s excellence in education. The education leaders will, along with other Canadian stakeholders, represent Canada at the Conference of the Americas on International Education, (CAIE) in Rio de Janeiro. This international conference is an opportunity to showcase to the world the quality of Canada’s public education system.”
“We are also delighted to carry out visits to Barbados to promote stronger business, security and educational linkages, and to Trinidad and Tobago to mark its 50 years of independence and our corresponding 50 years of diplomatic relations with the country. The development and sharing of knowledge and the dialogue between nations—which I like to call the ‘Diplomacy of Knowledge’—is essential to our collective well-being in a global and interconnected world. It can be achieved through the linkages between education, innovation and commerce, which are the driving themes of my visits to these three countries,” said His Excellency.
His Excellency will be joined by the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs); the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)
(Brazil only); parliamentarians; and an accompanying delegation of Canadians who will enhance people-to-people ties with their Brazilian, Barbadian and Trinidadian counterparts. These exchanges will further develop the wide-ranging and multi-faceted relationship with Brazil, 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 education and economic development in all three countries.