It is on record that Kigali has been a destination of many international meetings, conferences, conventions, and forums. This is a credit to the Kigali master plan program that has made Kigali stand out among many beautiful cities in Africa. For those who follow British football and have never heard about Rwanda, just watch out for the new Arsenal jersey and you will be reminded that you must visit Rwanda at least once in your lifetime. The Commonwealth leaders have chosen Rwanda to host their next heads of government meeting in 2020, taking an advantage of Rwanda’s premier conference facilities including the classic accommodation and convention service available in the country’s capital, Kigali
As part of the effort to make Kigali an international conference hub, the city had announced in March this year plans to work on city road network expansion all so as to improve ease transport to and within the country. With this evidence already in place together with the available infrastructure including a standard international airport at Kigali and well-tarmacked roads that are wide enough to guarantee safe transportation of diplomats, there is very little doubt about the country’s potential to host the CHOGM come 2020.
Currently the city of Kigali has the largest conference facility in East Africa, The Kigali Convention Center valued at USD300 million. The facility has a five-star hotel with 292 rooms, meeting rooms, office park and a conference hall capable of hosting 5,500 people. With all those facilities in place together with a modern infrastructure, Rwanda is now confident of hosting the 3,000 CHOGM guests in 2021 with ease and before or after the conference you can enjoy the gorilla trek in Rwanda.
The city of Kigali is also expected to host a good number of high profiles summits this year including the eighth FIFA Council Meeting making it fully confident for CHOGM as well. The existing high-end conference facilities like the Kigali Convention, the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, Intare Arena will all be put to good use.
Kigali city has showed how capable it is to hold such a big meeting of very many leaders based on the various summits which have been held in Rwanda such as the recent African Union general assembly which was held in 2016 in Kigali, World Economic Forum for Africa, transform Africa, in 2014 Rwanda developed events, conferences and meetings to make the country a top tourism and conference hub.
The government is set to build a number of inter-city and connecting road network roads which are located around the Kigali International Airport. The roads are expected to ease the flow of traffic on the Kigali International Airport Road which is expected to be frequently used during the event.