President Paul Kagame yesterday arrived in the Sri-Lankan city of Colombo, where he will be attending this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm).
President Kagame will join more than 50 Heads of State and Government for the meeting, under the theme, “Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development.”
This is the second time the President attends the Commonwealth meeting since Rwanda joined the organisation of largely former British colonies in 2009.
During the two days, the meeting will discuss key issues, including economic development, human rights, post 2015 development agenda and climate change financing.
The Heads of Government will also take part in an interactive discussion with selected youth attending the meeting.
Earlier yesterday, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete, speaking on behalf of President Kagame, addressed the Commonwealth Business Forum during a discussion titled “Reshaping Africa and Asia Partnerships for Sustainable Growth.”
Support for Africa
Minister Gatete described Africa’s current growth as unprecedented and as a clear sign of transformation.
“A new narrative is emerging about Africa, it is a story of hope. Africa continues to defy the pessimists, economic output is strong and a digital revolution is entrenching democracy and powering communication, business and service delivery. Africa’s real GDP rose by 5.4 per cent per year over the last decade and doubled from $600 billion to $2.2 trillion,” he said.
Amb. Gatete called for increased partnerships in the field of infrastructure development, transfer of skills and increased trade.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is held every two years to enable leaders of Commonwealth countries to come together to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to decide on collective policies and initiatives.
Sri Lanka is the first Asian country to host the summit in 24 years.
Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009 becoming the 54th nation to join the association.