CHOGM will not be affected by COVID-19 outbreak Akamanzi

On 13 March 2020 at 03:07

Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board(RDB) Chief Executive Officer has confirmed that Rwanda is prepared to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) despite the global state of alert brought about by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Currently, COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder various activities around the globe.

In Rwanda, all public events and gatherings have been cancelled until further notice.

Recently the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US suspended the 2019-20 season games after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive of the virus.

La Liga, Spanish Football League also suspended all its games after one player tested positive.

In a meeting with representatives of private institutions in Rwanda, Kamanzi declared CHOGM will not be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Automatic word wrap
"We continuously assess our preparedness in countering the virus and we are confident by the time CHOGM happens, COVID-19 will have been contained on an international level."

She urged business owners to be prepared to host visitors by availing all types of payment options to ensure a seamless experience during their stay in Rwanda.

"We recommend hygiene of the highest level especially in restaurants and hotels.

Let us avoid all reports of food poisoning. Provide all types of payment options for visitors who don’t like walking around with money."

CHOGM will be held from June 21st to June 26th, at Kigali Convention Centre and Intare Conference Arena in Rusororo while smaller forums will be held at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village commonly known as ’Camp Kigali’, Kigali Serena Hotel and Ubumwe Grande Hotel.

The meeting is expected to attract at least 1000 delegates from 54 member countries of the Commonwealth.

Business owners and other delegates will hold the ’Commonwealth Business Forum’ prior to the meeting from June 23rd to June 25th, 2020.

Robert Bapfakurera, Private Sector Federation (PSF) Chairman said CHOGM will attract more than 7000 delegates from private institutions and businesses and confirmed the attendance of 20 Heads of State during the ’Commonwealth Business Forum’

"Visitors will be consuming our products, sleeping and eating in our hotels and restaurants. We must be ready to offer them a seamless experience."

Bapfakurera said that visitors should leave Rwanda with a brand new image as opposed to the dark history of genocide which is associated with Rwanda every time the country is mentioned.

It is expected that during CHOGM, investment agreements worth $700 million will be concluded.