It is officially confirmed that Rwanda will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Summit( CHOGM 2020), another milestone for the Country that recently moved a step to become the region’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) hub.
The announcement was made the President Paul Kagame and Patricia Scotland, Common Wealth Secretary General in a video message. The meeting will focus on, ‘Delivering a Common Future connecting, innovating and transforming.’
will be a great pleasure to welcome leaders of the Commonwealth when
they gather in Kigali. We will work hard to make everybody feel Rwanda
is an extension of their home,”President Kagame said.
Accordingly, the CHOGM2020 will be held at Kigali Convention Centre in the week that starts on June 22 with leaders from all 53 country members expected to attend and will focus on five sub-themes: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Energy and Environment, and Trade.
The President said, “The distinctive aspect of CHOGM 2020 will be connectivity including what young people can do with technology to create vibrant societies and develop our economies.”
The Commonwealth which is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states has 2.4 billion people in both advanced and developing economies with 60 percent of this population under the age of 30.
“I think the youth demographic we have now is a real opportunity. It’s going to be a very exciting chance for us to enable our young people to develop and deploy the skills they need so they can fulfil their potential,” Scotland said
During the meeting, leaders are expected to look at ways contemporary Commonwealth can transform societies, in accordance with Commonwealth Charter values of democracy, multilateralism, sustainable development, and empowerment of women and youth.
Secretary General Scotland adds,” By connecting, innovating and transforming, the Commonwealth opens up scope for mobilising the talent of people of all ages and backgrounds.”
The meeting will have meeting of heads of government, meeting of foreign affairs Ministers and forums to engage civil society, women and the business community.