Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009 and was the second country which is not a former British colony to join after Mozambique.
Commonwealth Day was formerly known as Empire Day. This year, the annual celebration, often held on the second Monday in March was held under the theme "Delivering a common future"
The Commonwealth flag was raised at KCC as it will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June this year.
The Commonwealth Day Ceremony was held in London and was graced by the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners.
On April 20th, 2018, it was approved that Rwanda will host CHOGM. The meeting is scheduled in Kigali from June 22nd to June 27th, 2020 and will be attended by 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.
The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.
Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion including governance and rule of law, ICT & Innovation, youth, environment, and trade.
In September 2019, President Kagame and Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General reaffirmed CHOGM will be held in Rwanda.