www.digitaljournal.com – Oct. 9, 2013
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 People’s Republic of China, from October 16 to 24; and to Mongolia, from October 24 to 26, 2013.
“The State visits to China and Mongolia will highlight Canada’s strong bilateral relations with both countries, and I am confident greater common understanding, opportunity and prosperity will follow,” said the Governor General. “My visit to China also coincides with several other high-profile Canadian events, including the 35th Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference of the Canada Chinese Business Council; a performance and education tour by the National Arts Centre Orchestra; and a trade and investment mission led by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa.”
“Our visit to Mongolia comes at a time of great opportunity, as this year marks 40 years of enduring diplomatic relations between our two countries,” added His Excellency. “As the first Canadian governor general to visit Mongolia, I will have the opportunity to strengthen our people-to-people ties and discuss mutually beneficial initiatives in a wide range of fields, such as commerce, governance and education.”
Their Excellencies will be joined by parliamentarians and an accompanying delegation of Canadians who will share their experiences and knowledge with their Chinese and Mongolian counterparts. These exchanges will further develop the numerous partnerships that Canada has developed with both countries, particularly in strategies promoting commerce, innovation, prosperity, education and culture.
State Visit to China – October 16 to 24
Upon his arrival in Beijing, the Governor General will meet with His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Premier Li Keqiang. The Governor General will also deliver the keynote address at the Canada Chinese Business Council’s 35th Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference, which brings together business leaders from across Canada and China, and focuses on the progress made in our bilateral economic relationship.
While in Shanghai, the Governor General will speak with Canadian students studying in China and witness the signing of an agreement between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine on the establishment of a strategic partnership in medical education and training. In addition, Their Excellencies will attend the closing performance of the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s tour of China, an unprecedented bilateral cultural event for both nations.
During a stop in Nanjing, His Excellency will deliver a speech on ‘Fostering Learning and Innovation’ at Nanjing University, which will be followed by a discussion with prominent Chinese and Canadian panellists. Her Excellency will meet with Amity Foundation officials at the Amity Foundation Bakery, where she will have the opportunity to bake alongside young trainees with developmental disabilities.
Their Excellencies will then travel to Chengdu to attend the 14th Western China International Fair, an important platform for the development of western China in the sectors of investment and trade co-operation with other Chinese provinces and foreign countries. His Excellency will also meet with Sichuan University officials, which will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on education and new technologies.
Their Excellencies’ visit to China will conclude in Guangzhou, the driving force behind China’s economic boom and the region from which most Chinese-Canadians emigrate. There, they will officially open a photo exhibit commemorating the earliest Chinese migrants to Canada, most of whom arrived in the historic town of Barkerville, British Columbia. His Excellency will also participate in a panel discussion to explore the future of innovation in life sciences and its impact on the Canada-China relationship.
State Visit to Mongolia – October 24 to 26
In the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by His Excellency Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia. During meetings with the President and with other government officials, the Governor General will underscore Canada’s commitment to the democratic future and prosperity of Mongolia. In addition, His Excellency will deliver an address before the State Great Khural (Mongolian Parliament) to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of Canada-Mongolia diplomatic relations as an important milestone in the evolving and strengthening relationship between both countries.
His Excellency will also promote Canada’s investment interests and commercial collaboration at both a business networking breakfast with Canadian business leaders and during an education round table with Canadian institutions and Mongolian stakeholders, ahead of the first-ever Canadian Education Fair in Mongolia. There will also be an opportunity for Her Excellency to visit the Children of the Peak Sanctuary, a project run by a Canadian non-profit organization aimed at helping vulnerable children in Ulaanbaatar.
To conclude the visit, Their Excellencies will meet with women parliamentarians who are taking on a stronger leadership role in Mongolia. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is supporting this goal through an initiative that provides technical expertise to increase the effectiveness and visibility of women in Parliament.
Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in Canada’s relations with other countries. They are highly valuable as they help broaden bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples.
Members of the public can follow the Governor General’s State visits to the People’s Republic of China and to Mongolia online at www.gg.ca, where speeches, photos and videos will be posted.
The detailed itinerary and the accompanying delegation will be published at a later date.
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