Rwanda to host 2020 CHOGM

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame speaks during the Scotland summit PhotoCredit/New Times

By Our Reporter

Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda will hold the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) due in Kigali in June 2020, SM News has established.

The theme for CHOGM 2020 to be held at the Kigali Convention Centre starting from June 22, is : ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.

President Kagame said Rwanda, the youngest member of the Commonwealth will be glad to host the 53 Heads of Government in Kigali.

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

The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.

Speaking in a video that he posted, Kagame said the unique aspect of the CHOGM 2020 will be the focus on youth empowerment, especially through leveraging technology.

“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,” he noted in a video posted on Tuesday evening.

New Times Rwandan quoted the Head of State saying that case for the youth was important to look, since they are an important and productive asset to transform economies across the world.

“There is no way we can see our young people as a liability. For a very clear reason, they are a huge asset and opportunity. Seeing them as liability would be a failure on our part,” he noted.

Creating the kind of environment that adds a lot of value to this asset of young people, he added, would be done through the provision of skills, access to technology and having them get involved more in value chains across the world.

According to the statement from the Secretariat, five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Environment, and Trade.

The Commonwealth is a political organization most of whom are former colonies of Britain.

Building on progress since CHOGM 2018 in London, leaders are expected to discuss ways the contemporary Commonwealth can transform societies, in accordance with Commonwealth Charter values of democracy, multilateralism, sustainable development, and empowerment of women and youth. (Source/ New Times)


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