Monday, 17 October 2011
THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL TO TOUR COMMONWEALTH AND GULF COUNTRIES
The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to undertake official visits to South Africa and Tanzania from 2nd November to 9th November 2011 at the invitation of President Zuma and President Kikwete. The Prince of Wales will also visit Gulf countries on 31st October and 1st November. In Kuwait HRH will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Independence and 20th anniversary of liberation as the guest of the Amir and the Crown Prince. The Prince of Wales will stop briefly in Qatar for discussions with the Emir before departing for the Commonwealth countries.
Their Royal Highnesses’ Commonwealth tour will focus on trade and investment promotion to support Britain’s economic recovery and strengthen the economies of our partners; employment opportunities and development issues; education and practical support for disadvantaged young people; sustainability issues in the run-up to the Durban Climate Summit later in November; and shared heritage and conservation of traditional livelihoods and wildlife. In Tanzania the Royal visit will be part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Independence. Bilateral ties including economic cooperation will also be to the fore in Kuwait and Qatar.
In both Commonwealth countries there will be a strong focus on The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) work to protect endangered species and fragile ecosystems. The Prince of Wales has recently become President of WWF UK. In South Africa Their Royal Highnesses will visit the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg to see the legacy of former President Mandela.
The work of the Department for International Development (DFID) will assume particular prominence in South Africa and Tanzania given the UK Government’s commitment to the development of both countries.Email This