Commonwealth SG Scotland in Rwanda Ahead of CHOGM 2022

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, is in Rwanda, where she is set to review plans ahead of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will be held in the capital Kigali the week of 20 June 2022.

Scotland will be a special guest speaker at the Conference of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa, where the heads of anti-corruption agencies from across the Commonwealth’s 19 African member states will meet in Kigali from 3 – 7 May 2022.

The conference will focus on the theme of ‘Combating Corruption for Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa’.

The Secretary-General will be in the country from 30 April – 4th May 2022.

Scotland said she was delighted to be back in Rwanda.

“And it is with confidence and anticipation that I look forward to the Commonwealth family coming together for a face-to-face Heads of Government meeting in Kigali this June,” she observed.

“This is the first CHOGM to be held in Africa for over a decade and I commend the Government and people of Rwanda for their outstanding commitment and dedication to delivering an exemplary CHOGM. I thank all Rwandans for their grace and fortitude in undertaking such detailed preparations to ensure a safe, secure and productive CHOGM that drives the Commonwealth forward during these trying times.”

CHOGM was due to have been held in Kigali in June 2020 but has been postponed twice due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country had already prepared for the event’s security, accommodation for guests and media promotions only for Scotland to announce that the outbreak of the pandemic and travel restrictions could not allow such a high level meeting to take place.

CHOGM is customarily held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering. Commonwealth leaders selected.

Rwanda as host for their next summit when they met in London in 2018.

In 2020, Rwanda said it hoped to seal investment deals worth $700m during the CHOGM

Secretary-General Scotland will also be conducting bilateral meetings with senior government officials whilst she is in Rwanda.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal sovereign states. Our combined population is 2.5 billion, of which more than 60 per cent is aged 29 or under.

The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to build democratic and inclusive institutions, strengthen governance and promote justice and human rights.

Some of the countries which have hosted CHOGM include Uganda which received over 5,000 guests, Malta and Trinidad and Tobago among others.

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