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.
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 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 Hip and Restless Development described how they work to encourage young entrepreneurship.
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 WaterAid 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 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 Mjumita, 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.
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 and the Minister for Trade then met President Jakaya Kikwete and discussed Tanzania's economic development and future relations with Sweden.
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.
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 Change was presented.
There then followed a visit to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. 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 day concluded with a reception for Swedish businesses and their potential customers, and Ghanaian authorities, decision-makers and cultural figures.
The visit began during the afternoon in Ghana's capital, Accra, with a visit to Tech Needs Girls.
Tech Needs Girls 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.