Rwanda Marks the Commonwealth Day

Kigali, 09 March 2020 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta on Monday joined member countries of Commonwealth to celebrate the Commonwealth Day in Kigali.

Themed ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’, this year’s celebration was marked by raising the Commonwealth flag at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) and the dinner hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with British High Commission in Kigali.

In his remarks, Minister Biruta said that Rwanda as the new member of Commonwealth is pleased to join millions of people around the world to celebrate the Commonwealth’s 71st anniversary, as the country prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2020. 

“This year, the Commonwealth Day has a special significance for Rwanda. As the newest member country, we will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June. Rwanda acknowledges the Commonwealth's aspiration to uphold shared values of democracy, multilateralism, and sustainable development” Minister Biruta said.

Minister Biruta further discussed five questions which will be will be tackled by Commonwealth leaders at the upcoming CHOGM in June 2020.

“Around the world, we are witnessing a lack of confidence in leadership, in some contexts. How can we make governance even more inclusive and accountable?

Technology gives us access to information, knowledge, and services which increases opportunity. But how do we ensure equal access for all?

Youth represent 60 percent of the Commonwealth. How do we create an environment that enables young people to thrive?

Climate change is a global crisis that particularly affects Commonwealth countries, notably small and island states. How do we adapt and build resilience?

In 2019, trade within the Commonwealth was at 56 billion dollars, with the potential to grow up to $2 trillion by 2030. How do we reach this ambitious target?”

The evening reception for Commonwealth Day Celebration inside the Kigali Convention Centre dome which was lit in Commonwealth colors was attended by the High Commissioners from Commonwealth member countries and other members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009, becoming the second member state to be admitted into this organisation without any direct colonial ties to Britain, after Mozambique. The organization is now made up of 54 member states with a population of 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population.

  • View photos of Commonwealth Day in Rwanda here.
  • Read more about CHOGM 2020 to be hosted by Rwanda in June 2020.
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