Culture and fun for Africa Day ahead of state visit
THOUSANDS turned out to celebrate Africa Day yesterday as the Government prepared to announce details of the state visit of the President of Mozambique to Ireland.
It will be the first incoming state visit of President Michael D Higgins' tenure.
President Armando Guebuza is due to visit Ireland between June 3 and June 6, with several business people from Mozambique due to travel as part of the delegation. The visit is expected to be formally announced this week.
Irish companies employ more than 6,000 people in Mozambique and have invested over €1.5bn in the country over the past six or seven years.
Events marking Africa Day yesterday were held across the island with a free family fun day in Dublin's Farmleigh Estate one of the highlights of the event.
Trade and Development Minister Joe Costello and Ambassador Anas Khales of Morocco were on hand as revellers enjoyed African music, food and culture.
Africa Day is celebrated to mark African diversity and success, and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.