8 August 2018

Rwanda: Commonwealth Official Arrives for ChOGM Preparations

Nabeel Goheer, the Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, is in Rwanda for preparations of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which Rwanda will host in 2020.

It will be the 26th meeting of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations.

On his trip, Goheer met with members of different government institutions, including the state minister for foreign affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe and Anastase Shyaka, the chief executive of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), among others.

He told the media at RGB offices on Tuesday that he had exchanges with the leaders which were aimed at making sure that the summit becomes a success.

He highlighted that they were looking at a number of things, including resolve, focus, value addition and outcomes, most of which he said Rwanda was able to deliver.

"When it comes to resolve, we have absolutely no doubt that the leadership of this country is committed to make CHOGM 2020 a success. We are, therefore, fully confident," he said.

"The value added from the last CHOGM was that we talked about the future of member countries. So, we would like to see what will be the value added here; what will be the theme and how do we project the experiences of this continent and the rest of the world," he added.

Members of Commonwealth chose Rwanda to host the 2020 meeting at this year's CHOGM which took place in London. It will be the first Commonwealth Summit held in a country that is not a former British colony.

Since its admission in 2009, Rwanda has chaired a number of committees of the Commonwealth.

In 2011, Rwanda chaired the Commonwealth's executive committee of the board of governors on behalf of the African continent.

The country also has a seat at the high level group on governance, led by Donald Kaberuka, the former President of the African Development Bank; and former Vice President of the World Bank Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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