Rwanda Convention Bureau (RBC) recently announced that due to the outbreak of coronavirus, many meetings which were scheduled throughout the year had been postponed or cancelled.
Nelly Mukazayire, RCB Chief Executive Officer said "The outbreak of coronavirus has imposed some changes and at least 20 meetings which were scheduled this year have been postponed. We are currently discussing the way forward with organizers."
The announcement from RBC made a lot of people wonder whether CHOGM had also been postponed while the world is still seeking for a cure or vaccine against coronavirus.
On March 31st, 2020, the Commonwealth secretariat stated via Twitter that they are collaborating with the government of Rwanda to find a platform and discuss the way forward with CHOGM.
"CHOGM is scheduled in June 2020 but we are still discussing with Commonwealth member countries and the government of Rwanda to find a solution regarding the unforeseen coronavirus pandemic."
Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) recently stated that Rwanda is confident CHOGM will not be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. "We are confident that in June, the pandemic will have been stemmed and we intend to make a final decision regarding CHOGM by April, 2020."
CHOGM will be held at Kigali Convention Centre and Intare Arena in Rusororo while forums will be held at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, Kigali Serena Hotel and Ubumwe Grande Hotel.
CHOGM is scheduled from June 22nd to June 27th, 2020 and is expected to conclude trade agreements in the construction, sports and entertainment sectors worth $700 million. The meeting will host between 5000 and 8000 delegates.