10/10/2012 05:45 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Harper lands in Senegal ahead of summit of French-speaking nations in Kinshasa

DAKAR, Senegal - Prime Minister Stephen Harper landed in Senegal on Wednesday ahead of his attendance at the summit of French-speaking nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Harper arrived in the Senegalese capital of Dakar and will remain in the country until leaving for Kinshasa on Friday.

His activities in Senegal include a visit to a trade school and a meeting with the country's president.

Harper will be joined at la Francophonie by two federal ministers as well as Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and New Bruswick Premier David Alward.

Harper and the newly elected Marois are scheduled to have a private meeting on Saturday morning before the summit officially kicks off.

The summit ends Sunday and Harper will return to Ottawa on Monday.