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Commonwealth Heads of State to meet in Rwanda

President Kagame said that 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,” Kagame said.

“At this historic CHOGM, the first to be held in Africa for over a decade, we look forward to Commonwealth leaders coming together to take practical action on the critical issues we all face”, he said.

“Our meeting 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”, Kagame noted.

The leaders’ summit, which is preceded by meetings for representatives from Commonwealth networks for youth, women, civil society and business. 

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. Representing one-third of the world, it is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.

Out of those Commonwealth member states, 32 members are small states, including island states.

After the Rwanda opened its borders for global tourists, there has been a growing number of local tourists in the eco-tourism area where the green environment and scenic hillsides pull crowds of visitors.

Rwanda’s domestic tourism sector is now showing or indicating signs of quick recovery after the re-opening of its tourist sector on June 17, preliminary statistics show.

Official data from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) shows that major tourist service facilities across this Africa country have started to observe a growth in travel traffic with hopes to see more growth.

On re-opening up the tourism service facilitates, Rwanda government revised then reduced some prices for mountain gorilla-trekking permits with introduction of special packages for other tourism offers, mainly targeting locals and citizens within the East African region.

Rwanda is also aiming to lower entry and visiting fees as a step ahead to promote domestic tourism. 

Local tourism operators in Rwanda are optimistic of the tourism sector after the first weeks of re-opening have shown positive visiting trends in domestic tourism.

Domestic tourism has been counted to maintain value chains ensuring growing local tourist markets that would create many jobs with positive economic growth.

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