Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting holds June 2020

By Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM,

The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, has been officially launched to hold at the Kigali Convention Centre on June 22nd, 2020.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced this in a video massage.

The meeting with the theme; ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming,‘ has identified Five sub-themes for discussion: which includes Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Energy and Environment, and Trade.

President Kagame said; “It will be a great pleasure to welcome leaders of the Commonwealth when they gather in Kigali. We will work hard to make everybody feel Rwanda is an extension of their home.

”The distinctive aspect of CHOGM 2020 will be connectivity including what young people can do with technology to create vibrant societies and develop our economies,” he added.

The Secretary-General Commonwealth Heads of Government, Patricia Scotland stated; “I think the youth demographic we have now is a real opportunity.  It’s going to be a very exciting chance for us to enable our young people to develop and deploy the skills they need so they can fulfil their potential by connecting, innovating and transforming, the Commonwealth opens up scope for mobilising the talent of people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Building on progress since CHOGM 2018 in London, leaders are expected to discuss ways the contemporary Commonwealth can transform societies in accordance with Commonwealth Charter values of democracy, multilateralism, sustainable development, and empowerment of women and youths.

Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend. The meeting of Heads of State and government also include; Foreign Ministers and forums to engage young people, civil society organisations, women and the business community.


Mercy Chukwudiebere