Queen Mathilde’s Working Visit to Ghana – Day Two

  February 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm by

Queen Mathilde started the second day of her working visit in Ghana today, Thursday February 8, by paying a visit to the Teshie Presby High School along with the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. This school, thanks to the help of the Belgian community living in Ghana, provides their students an E-learning laboratory with 150 desktop computers.

Afterwards the Queen visited Makola Market, a renowned market place and shopping district located in the centre of Accra. At lunchtime Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, hosted a luncheon in honor of the Queen in the presence of the Second Lady Samira Bawumia, the Minister for Gender, Otiko Djaba, and members of UNESCO and UNICEF.

During the meeting Queen Mathilde was informed about the Queen Mothers project. Queen Mothers are “leaders and women of power in Africa that play a central role in traditional governance in communities and have an eye on the social conditions of the community”. The role of Queen Mothers is to seek the welfare of everyone in the community especially women and children.


Later Queen Mathilde visited the company 2nd Image International. This company is part of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training project set up by an Act of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana that aims to generate and develop skills among people, especially women. The 2nd Image International is a hair and beauty academy that provides educational experiences “to develop professional work habits and attitudes necessary to acquire and maintain employment skills”.

The last event of the day was a visit at the Niche Cocoa Industry, a cocoa processing company founded in May 2011. The company, that produces high quality cocoa liquor, cocoa cake and cocoa butter, was founded with the help of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), a private company that aims to support the creation of a strong private sector in emerging economies and to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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