On 27 and 28 September 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, made his first visit to Mozambique to highlight Britain’s strong links with the country. The Duke of York meet President Filipe Nyusi and undertook field visits to see examples of UK-backed training activities.
British High Commissioner, Joanna Kuenssberg said:
The Duke of York saw how the UK is supporting Mozambique’s development through better education
and skills to boost Mozambicans’ employment and life chances.
As such, the Duke of York visited a UK-funded training centre in Beluluane, Boane district, to see young female trainees learning valuable technical and vocational skills. The Boane programme is designed to train 1,000 Mozambicans.
His Royal Highness also met business leaders who support Ligada, the UK’s innovative programme to help young disadvantaged women in urban areas.
The Duke of York interacted with beneficiaries of VSO’s project ‘Phoning Out Poverty and Aids’ in Maputo City. This project helps widowed women to set up an income-generating phone credit business as well as Community Counseling and referral services in their communities.
From Mozambique, The Duke traveled to Botswana to represent Her Majesty The Queen at the commemoration of the country’s 50th anniversary of independence.
HRH The Duke of York is third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh and was born in Buckingham Palace on 19th February 1960. The Duke carries out official engagements in support of Her Majesty The Queen, and works to promote economic growth and skilled job creation in the UK. In recent years, his activities have been focused on three core areas, namely, Education and Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Science, Technology and Engineering.
The Duke of York supports The Queen as Head of State by representing Her Majesty in the UK and abroad, receiving Heads of State and Government, and attending state and ceremonial occasions.
HRH has close personal links to the Armed Services and holds a number of senior military appointments.
The Duke also works to recognise the importance of service and the voluntary sector, supporting and acting as Patron of a number of charitable organisations.
On education, HRH is committed to vocational learning to ensure that young people develop relevant skills as he believes entrepreneurs will be the growth and job creators of the future. And from the UK’s reputation as a great innovator, The Duke recognises the importance of innovation in creating new enterprises.