This November Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark will travel on a state visit to Ghana. Together with a Danish business delegation, Her Majesty the Queen will visit the West African country where Denmark has been engaged since the country declared independence in 1957. It was also from this part of Africa that Danish ships sailed thousands of slaves to their American colonies.
Queen Margrethe’s visit to Ghana will last from 23 to 24 November 2017. Ghana is expected to achieve economic growth of seven to eight percent a year in the upcoming years and is an important growth market in West Africa. Ghana celebrates 60 years as an independent nation in 2017.
The state visit supports the movement for Danish-Ghanaian cooperation which is called “From Aid to Trade,” and contributes to the goodwill that has been built through the long-standing Danish collaboration with Ghana, actively used in future commercial and political cooperation between the republic and the monarchy.
During the visit, the Queen’s focus will be on agriculture and food, sustainability, the maritime sector, as well as infrastructure and railways. During the state visit, the Queen will be officially received by the Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, participating in the business promotion and visiting various companies and cultural institutions. The trip will mainly take place in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
Denmark and Ghana have a long-standing and well-established relationship. The first Danes arrived in the country in 1659. Thus, Denmark and Ghana share a common historical legacy, which also contains some dark pages in the form of triangular trade where Danish ships sailed from Denmark to the Gold Coast with weapons and commodities, from the Gold Coast to the West Indies with slaves and from the Caribbean to Denmark with sugar.
Osu Castle was the former the official residence of Ghana’s president. The castle was built by Denmark and was then called Christiansborg. From here, thousands of Africans were sold as slaves and transported to America by the Danes.