Rwanda will host the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), signaling an important step for a country which was admitted to the group a dozen years ago.
The Commonwealth Secretariat on Tuesday released a video announcing Kigali as the next host of the bloc.
The Commonwealth ,commonly referred to as the ‘Club’, is composed mostly of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and 52 other countries mostly English-speaking former colonies of the United Kingdom.
Ambassadors sent to each other’s countries are also distinctly known as high commissioners and diplomatic missions known as High Commissions.
It will be the first time since 2007 that the Chogm meet will be returning to the East African Community bloc. Uganda hosted the 20th meeting in Kampala in 2007.
The next Chogm summit, to be held at the Kigali Convention Centre starting June 22, 2020, will focus on ‘connecting, innovating and transforming’, according to the announcement.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said that the meeting will see leaders from all the 53 member states attend.
Themed ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming,’ leaders are expected to focus on governance and rule of law, ICT and innovation, youth, energy and environmental conservation as well as trade.
“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,” the announcement said.