The annual meeting since 2000 dubbed ‘Doha Forum’ will is convening in Doha from December 14th to December 15th, 2019. It is a forum that brings together government officials, experts, and policy leaders in a bid to find solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
This year’s theme “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World” focuses on solving issues on the topics of migration, refugees, climate change, changing world leaderships and the rise of new global powers.
The meeting will discuss the development of technology, trade, and investment and solving societal inequalities. On the agenda, there will also be discussions about security, governance, developing international organizations, civil society, culture, and diversity.
President Kagame is expected to open the meeting in a debate moderated by broadcast journalist, Ghida Fakhry who is a program presenter with TRT World and has worked for famous media houses including Al Jazeera and HuffPost. During the debate, President Kagame will be discussing Rwanda’s development plans for the future.
Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani has recently met with President Paul Kagame during the ‘Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani International Anti-Corruption Award’ that was held in Kigali last week.
Rwanda and Qatar are currently enjoying very good diplomatic and business relations. In October this year, President Paul Kagame attended the fifth edition of Qatar Information Technology and Communication Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019) in Doha and Sheikh Tamim attended the International Anti-corruption Excellence Awards in Kigali last week.
Apart from conferences and award ceremonies, the two leaders are frequently in state visits where they discuss different topics about reinforcing the relations between the two countries and signing various partnership agreements.
On April 21st, 2019, when Sheikh Tamim was in Kigali for a three-day state visit, he signed partnership agreements in the fields of sports, tourism, trade and air travel.
Earlier this month, the Government of Rwanda and Qatar Airways signed a partnership for the construction of Bugesera International Airport where Qatar will supervise and conduct the construction activities and ensure maintenance after completion. The agreements state that Qatar Airways will acquire 60% of the project which is valued at $1.3 billion.
Last year, President Paul Kagame was in a state visit in Qatar where he signed agreements in the fields of aviation, investment, and trade as well as technology.
In May 2017, Rwanda and Qatar signed diplomatic agreements. Qatar Airways planes link Doha to Kigali and other destinations including Dubai.