Rwanda is ready to host AU Summit –Tumukunde

Rwanda’s envoy to Ethiopia and African Union Ambassador Hope Tumukunde, today signed on behalf of the Government, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for hosting of the African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali scheduled for July this year.
Ambassador Tumukunde (L)and Ms Diarra after signing the AU Summit host agreement (Courtesy)
Ambassador Tumukunde (L)and Ms Diarra after signing the AU Summit host agreement (Courtesy)

Rwanda’s envoy to Ethiopia and African Union Ambassador Hope Tumukunde, today signed on behalf of the Government, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for hosting of the African Union (AU) Summit in Kigali scheduled for July this year.

The MoU specifies the material and technical commitments for organizing the summit.

 “The signing of this MoU today is merely symbolic, Rwanda has and continues to put all in place to make the Kigali Summit memorable, in terms of organisation components and as regards quality outcomes of the summit,” Tumukunde is quoted in a statement.

The statement was released by the Rwandan embassy in Ethiopia, which also doubles as the permanent mission to the AU and UNECA.

On her part, Djeneba Diarra, the Secretary General of the AU Commission said that she had no doubt that Rwanda, was more than prepared to ensure a successful Summit.

“I visited Kigali in March this year leading an African Union team to evaluate the readiness of Rwanda to host this historic conference. And my team was extremely impressed at the speed and sense of urgency that the Kigali teams are doing things to make sure all facilities are in place for a good conference. I am therefore confident that Rwanda is very prepared” Diarra explained.

The AU Summit is expected to attract over 3,500 people to Kigali who will include Heads of State of AU members States, African Union Commission as well as participants from the different Organs of the AU.

A Summit of African First Ladies is another important event which will feature on the sidelines of the AU meeting. It’s the first time Rwanda is hosting the AU Summit.

The AU Summit is expected to be hosted at the soon to be opened Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre in Kimihurura.

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