The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced that the new date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which was scheduled to take place in June 2020 but was postponed because of the impact of COVID-19.
The new date agreed with member countries will be the week of 21 June 2021 and will take place in Kigali.
President Kagame said: “CHOGM Rwanda 2021 will be an exceptional occasion to deliberate together on the enormous technological, ecological, and economic challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth, particularly our young people, and which are all the more pressing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rwanda looks forward to welcoming all delegates and participants to Kigali next year for a safe and productive meeting.”
The Secretary-General said: “At this historic CHOGM, the first to be held in Africa this millennium, we look forward to Commonwealth leaders coming together to take practical action on the critical issues we all face. Our meetings in Rwanda will give us a real opportunity to focus on our post COVID recovery, but we also know that the pandemic has not reduced the urgency with which global challenges such as climate change, the global economy, trade and sustainable development need to be dealt with decisively through multilateral cooperation and mutual support.”
The Kigali meeting, also the 26th edition, will be the first one to be held in Africa in this millennium.