The Crown Princess visits Ghana and Tanzania

The Crown Princess during the visit to CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

On her first day in Tanzania, The Crown Princess had a meeting with President Jakaya Kikwete. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

The Crown Princess and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling in Nima, Accra, Ghana. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Crown Princess visits Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Crown Princess and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling arrive in Ghana. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

On Monday 17 to Friday 21 March, The Crown Princess visited Ghana and Tanzania together with Minister for Trade Ewa Björling. The aim of the visit was to develop Swedish relations, including trade relations, with Ghana and Tanzania.

Friday 21 March, Tanzania

The last day of the visit to Tanzania began with a visit to CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) Hospital. The hospital was originally an eye hospital, but now offers comprehensive care and support to people with disabilities. The hospital also provides maternity and neonatal care.

The Crown Princess at CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam, where a new maternity care department is being built. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is one of the financial backers. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess at CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam, where a new maternity care department is being built. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is one of the financial backers. Photo: royalcourt.se

The visit to Dar es Salaam concluded at the Swedish Embassy with a seminar on young entrepreneurship. Tanzanian entrepreneurs, inspirational figures and youth organisations gave their views on the changes needed in order for more young entrepreneurs to succeed. The organisations Femina Hipexternal link, opens in new window and Restless Developmentexternal link, opens in new window described how they work to encourage young entrepreneurship.

Group photograph at the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania. Photo: royalcourt.se

Group photograph at the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania. Photo: royalcourt.se

Thursday 20 March, Tanzania

The morning began at Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), where The Crown Princess and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling took part in a meeting with TIC Executive Director Juliet Kariuki, Minister of Industry and Trade Abdallah Kigoda and Minister of Investment and Empowerment Mary Nagu. During the meeting, the attendees discussed Tanzania's trade policy and business climate, and Swedish businesses.

During the afternoon, The Crown Princess visited WaterAidexternal link, opens in new window in Kigamboni near Dar es Salaam. Tanzania is the largest nation in East Africa with more than 45 million inhabitants, and almost half the population lacks access to clean water.

The Crown Princess arrives at Kigamboni, where WaterAid is carrying out one of its projects in Tanzania. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess arrives at Kigamboni, where WaterAid is carrying out one of its projects in Tanzania. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess during her visit to WaterAid. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel are patrons of WaterAid. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess during her visit to WaterAid. The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel are patrons of WaterAid. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess found out about one of WaterAid's projects which works with sanitation. She also met people who live in this area, and who explained how the project has changed their lives.

The visit ended at a school that has received water and sanitation through WaterAid.

The evening concluded with a reception at the Swedish Ambassador's official residence for Swedish and Tanzanian business leaders, government representatives and managers from local authorities. During the evening, WWF's Jihde Prize was presented to the organisation Mjumitaexternal link, opens in new window, which works to preserve forest areas.

The Jihde Prize recognises important conservation work and was established in 1999 in memory of a Swede, Elisabeth Jihde, who was deeply committed to African nature.

The Crown Princess presents WWF's Jihde Prize to Rahima Njaidi, Executive Director of the organisation Mjumita, which works to preserve forest areas. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

The Crown Princess presents WWF's Jihde Prize to Rahima Njaidi, Executive Director of the organisation Mjumita, which works to preserve forest areas. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

Wednesday 19 March, Tanzania

On arrival in Dar es Salaam – Tanzania's largest city, industrial centre and main port – The Crown Princess and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling took part in a bilateral meeting with Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe.

The Crown Princess speaks with the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess speaks with the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade then met President Jakaya Kikwete and discussed Tanzania's economic development and future relations with Sweden.

The Crown Princess with President Jakaya Kikwete. Minister for Trade Eva Björling and Ambassador Lennarth Hjelmåk also took part in the meeting. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess with President Jakaya Kikwete. Minister for Trade Eva Björling and Ambassador Lennarth Hjelmåk also took part in the meeting. Photo: royalcourt.se

The evening concluded with a dinner at the Swedish Residence, hosted by Ambassador Lennarth Hjelmåk. The invited guests included Tanzanian ministers and managers from local authorities, as well as representatives from Swedish businesses working in ICT and energy.

Tuesday 18 March, Ghana

On Tuesday morning, The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade visited the Swedish company Viasat and were given a presentation of their operations in Ghana. The CSR programme Reach for Changeexternal link, opens in new window was presented.

The Crown Princess with Hayford Siaw, Regina Agyare, Amma Lartey and Giula Tavolato from the organisation Reach for Change, which works with social entrepreneurship. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess with Hayford Siaw, Regina Agyare, Amma Lartey and Giula Tavolato from the organisation Reach for Change, which works with social entrepreneurship. Photo: royalcourt.se

There then followed a visit to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centreexternal link, opens in new window. Ghana's armed forces have been involved in the UN's peacekeeping operations since the early 1960s. In order to share its knowledge, Ghana's Ministry of Defence decided to establish an international peacekeeping training centre in 1998. The centre was opened in 2000 by Kofi Annan.

After the visit to the centre, President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama welcomed The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade to his official residence. The President hosted lunch, which was served during a boat trip on Lake Akosombo. Minister for Foreign Affairs Hanna Tetteh and Minister for Transport Dzifa Attivor also attended the lunch.

The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade with President John Dramani Mahama. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade with President John Dramani Mahama. Photo: royalcourt.se

The day concluded with a reception for Swedish businesses and their potential customers, and Ghanaian authorities, decision-makers and cultural figures.

Monday 17 March, Ghana

The visit began during the afternoon in Ghana's capital, Accra, with a visit to Tech Needs Girls.

The Crown Princess took part in a workshop with girls and mentors from the training project Tech Needs Girls. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

The Crown Princess took part in a workshop with girls and mentors from the training project Tech Needs Girls. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

Tech Needs Girlsexternal link, opens in new window is a training project in Nima, a slum area of Accra, that works to improve girls' IT knowledge and to boost their self-confidence. Girls are encouraged and inspired to train within the traditionally male-dominated sector of ICT. The project's mentors are young female ICT entrepreneurs.

The evening concluded with a meeting and discussions with representatives from Swedish businesses, including ABB, Solvatten and Scania. The Crown Princess and the Minister for Trade shared their impressions of running a business in Ghana.