Kagame Meets Qatar Leader as Kigali Preps for CHOGM 

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has traveled to Doha, Qatar as his government steps up plans to host the Commonwealth heads of State meeting in Kigali later this year.

“This morning in Doha, President Kagame met with HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani @TamimBinHamad at Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Majlis at the Amiri Diwan…” said Rwanda’s presidency on Monday evening.

The duo, according to a brief statement, held a “productive discussion on bilateral relations and the ongoing successful areas of cooperation between the two countries.”

There have been several visits by the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Rwanda and President Kagame to Qatar.

During such visits, both parties signed several agreements to facilitate and drive economic cooperation. 

This included agreements in air services, reciprocal promotion and protection of investments, and a memorandum of understanding on economic, commercial, and technical cooperation. 

ChimpReports understands Rwanda and Qatar are trying to conclude air transport cooperation as thousands of delegates plan to travel to Kigali for CHOGM in June 2022. 

The two leaders exchanging pleasantries in Doha

Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries signed an acquisition agreement of 60 percent of Bugesera Airport shares, a shareholders’ agreement, and a guarantee agreement between Qatar Airways and the Rwandan air transport company.

According to the terms of the agreement, travelers can access more than “160 destinations in the combined networks” from the carriers’ respective hubs in Kigali and Doha. 

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

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

In February 2021, Rwanda and Qatar signed a landmark Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), clarifying the taxing rights of contracting states on all forms of income flows arising from business activities and avoiding the double taxation of such income. The treaty applies to individuals who are residents in the contracting states.

In 2019, Qatar Airways has agreed to take a 60% stake in the Bugesera International Airport project, which as a whole is valued at around $1.3 billion. 

The new airport is being redesigned to accommodate seven million passengers per annum, with a second phase for 14 million passengers a year expected to start by 2032.  

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