NEWS– President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is scheduled to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, (CHOGM), 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda‘s capital.
It is worth noting that Museveni has not visited Rwanda in almost five years but following the intervention of Uganda’s Land Forces commander, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Uganda‘s relations with Rwanda have improved in recent months.
The Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting which was supposed to take place in 2020 and 2021, was postponed to this year due to COVID-19 pandemic and will take place under the theme, “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting Innovation, Transforming”.
Based on this theme, Leaders from the Commonwealth member countries will visit Rwanda to reaffirm their shared values and agree on actions and policies to better the lives of its citizens.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla of the United Kingdom, are also anticipated to attend on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
This is the 6th time that an African country has hosted the conference and in 2007, Uganda hosted the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting ar Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo in Kampala.
The week-long CHOGM summit, is expected to draw over 5,000 delegates from government, business, and civil society.
According to the meetings started yesterday Sunday, June 19th in the Rwandan capital Kigali with four forums covering youth, women, business, and civil society, and will conclude on Saturday, June 25th with the official Retreat for leaders at the Intare Conference Arena.
The Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland told journalists that at a time when multilateralism is under serious strain, CHOGM provides a vital forum to deliver member states objectives and an opportunity to draw upon all of the member states’ talents to deliver a smarter, more resilient, prosperous, confident, and sustainable Commonwealth.
She noted that economic vulnerability, climate action, access to financing, and debt sustainability are set to be top of the agenda at a Ministerial Meeting for the Commonwealth’s 32 Small Island Developing States on Wednesday, June 22nd 2022.
On the same day, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group will convene to review countries at risk of violating core political values, while on Thursday June 23rd Foreign Ministers will convene ahead of the main CHOGM sessions to review the leaders’ agenda and receive outcomes from the four forums for consideration by Heads.
During the CHOGM, several side meetings will be held on issues such as violence against women and girls, climate change, access to justice, and long-term ocean protection and economic growth.
The Commonwealth Secretariat disclosed that the formal opening ceremony will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre on Friday, June 24th 2022, and will be followed by closed-door Executive Sessions during which leaders will discuss a variety of topics including post-COVID-19 economic recovery, debt sustainability, climate change, trade, and food security.