Rwanda: President Kagame, Prince of Wales meet to discuss Commonwealth summit

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has met with the Prince Charles of Wales at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, where they discussed the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM] that will be hosted by Rwanda. The 26th annual meeting of the Commonwealth, scheduled in June next year will be hosted in Kigali.

The Office of the Presidency has via its twitter account revealed that discussions revolved around the summit.

The Prince of Wales had earlier confirmed his presence at the summit in April 2019, when he sent a message to President Paul Kagame during the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The delegation from Britain’s Common Wealth committee visited Rwanda in March 2019 and commended Rwanda’s progress in preparations of hosting the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Rwanda, which joined the grouping in November 2009, is one of the only two Commonwealth member countries with no colonial ties with the United Kingdom – the other being Mozambique.

The UK is the current chair-in-office and it is expected to be replaced by Rwanda at the next CHOGM in June 2020.

Meanwhile, in Kigali, preparations for the high-level gathering continue in earnest, with the Government leaving nothing to chance to ensure a successful meeting. The Government has already earmarked billions of Rwanda Francs for a range of preparatory activities, including major upgrades on the Kigali International Airport Road.

While gearing up preparations for the Commonwealth Summit, Rwanda plans to showcase its opportunities for investment at a high-level business forum and its tourist attractions. The East African nation anticipates hosting close to 8,000 people in Kigali and across the country.


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