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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Role and Responsibilities
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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.

For more information on the announcement of these visits, please see the news release.

All timings indicated are in local time zone (Republic of Botswana - Central Africa Time - UTC/GMT +2 hours)

Thursday, May 16

Official welcoming ceremony in Botswana 

3:35 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony in Botswana
Upon their arrival in the capital city of Gaborone, 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

5:10 p.m.
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

Friday, May 17

Diamond Trading Company Botswana

8:50 a.m.
Visit to the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB)

Their Excellencies, joined by the Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, will visit the DTCB and see first-hand how rough diamonds arriving from the mines are sorted into different categories according to their size, shape, quality and colour.

Since the early 1980s, Botswana has been the world’s largest producer of gem diamonds. DTCB is a 50/50 joint venture partnership between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the De Beers Family of Companies. It is known as the world’s largest and most sophisticated rough diamond sorting and valuing operation. For more information, visit
Diamond Trading Company Botswana

10:15 a.m.
Visit to the Tebelopele HIV Testing and Counselling Centre by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
The prevalence of HIV among adults (aged 15 to 49) in Botswana is estimated to be 25 per cent. Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will visit Tebelopele, a local HIV testing and counselling clinic that administers rapid testing to over 2 000 patients on a monthly basis and offers counselling services to HIV patients and their families. It also runs an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging people to reduce their risks of contracting HIV. 
Tebelopele HIV Testing and Counselling Centre

10:30 a.m.
Courtesy Call with the Commander of the Botswana Defence Force
His Excellency will meet with Lieutenant General Gaolathe Galebotswe, Commander of the Botswana Defence Force.
Botswana Defence Force Staff College
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting.

10:45 a.m.
Visit to the Botswana
Defence Force Staff College and Address to Students
As commander-in-chief of Canada, His Excellency will visit the facility to see how Canada and Botswana have developed strong defence relations through Canada’s Military Training and Co-operation Program. Many senior members of the Botswana Defence Force have been trained in Canada. In turn, Botswana will deliver Canadian-designed peacekeeping programs to other countries in the region.

Following the visit, His Excellency will address students and college staff on the strong bilateral relations between Canada and Botswana, as well as highlight Canada’s excellence in training and capacity building.
Auditorium, Botswana Defence Force Staff College

12:30 p.m.
State Luncheon Hosted by the Vice-President of the Republic of Botswana
Dr. Ponatshego P. H. K. Kedikilwe, Vice-President of the Republic of Botswana, will host a State luncheon in honour of Their Excellencies’ visit to the country.
Tsodila A Room, Gaborone International Convention Centre
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speeches only

3:30 p.m.
Visit to Stepping Stones International by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will meet with Canadians from World University Services Canada (WUSC) who volunteer at the centre. She will also have the opportunity to participate in after-school activities and engage with youth who benefit from the program.

The goal of Stepping Stones International is to unlock the potential of orphaned and vulnerable adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years by nurturing their mental, physical and emotional well-being, and by creating attainable opportunities for them to become self-sufficient. The centre received funding from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and the Canadian-based Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with grassroots organizations to turn the tide on HIV/AIDS in Africa. The program was designed with input from community members, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Education and the District Multi-sectoral AIDS Committee. For more information, and
Stepping Stones International, Mochudi, Kgatleng District

Orapa/Letlhakane Kimberlite District
Saturday, May 18


9:40 a.m.
Visit to Karowe Diamond Mine Facilities and Operations
Their Excellencies, accompanied by the Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, will tour this state-of-the-art mine located in the Orapa/Letlhakane Kimberlite district, one of the world’s most prolific diamond-producing areas.Owned by the Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corporation, Karowe Mine’s mission is to build a leading African-focused diamond production and development company. Their Excellencies’ visit willhighlight Canada’s commercial strength and capacity for innovation in the resource sector, and the deployment of a comprehensive corporate social responsibility program.For more information, visit
Karowe Diamond Mine

11 a.m.
Kgotla with Stakeholders
Following their visit to the Karowe Diamond Mine, Their Excellencies and the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources will participate in a discussion with chiefs, small chiefs and traditional leaders from surrounding villages on how the mine impacts their communities.
Kawore Diamond Mine

5:30 p.m.
Discussion with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Volunteers
His Excellency will meet with Mr. Philip Landon, WUSC Regional Director in Botswana, and with Canadian volunteers who are working in the country. WUSC’s program in Botswana has focused on strengthening national-level NGOs to provide more inclusive, improved and increased HIV and AIDS services, to foster equality between women and men, and to engage in policy dialogue for the benefit of disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

WUSC is a network of professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders who, together, provide opportunities to some of the world’s most disadvantaged youth. WUSC works with and through its southern partners—government, civil society and the private sector—to strengthen education systems, expand employment opportunities, and foster an environment in which the aspirations and full participation of young people can be realized. For more information, visit
PHOTO OPOfficial photographers only

Sunday, May 19

11:40 a.m.
Official Farewell Ceremony
The Vice-President of the Republic of Botswana will bid Their Excellencies farewell during an official ceremony that will include a guard of honour and 21-gun salute.
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport