This Friday, March 13, 2020, Members of Parliament gathered to celebrate the Commonwealth Day, an event that took place at the parliament of Rwanda. The celebrations brought together all Senators, Deputies and High Commissioners from the Commonwealth member countries with residence in Kigali.
Hon. Senator Nyagahura Marguerite, the Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Rwanda Branch in her introductory remarks said that this year’s Commonwealth Day theme focuses on “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”. “It gives an opportunity for people, governments, Parliaments and institutions to connect and work together through deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.” She added.
In his opening remarks, as the guest of honour, the Senate of Rwanda President Rt. Hon. Dr Iyamuremye Augustin calls for parliamentarians to play their part in contributing towards delivering economic and environmental security at the national, regional and global level. “Governments cannot deliver our common future alone. Parliaments, businesses, the media, and commonwealth citizens, particularly women and young people, all have a part to play.” He said.
Talking of Rwanda hosting CHOGM 2020, Rt. Hon. Dr Iyamuremye Augustin noted that Rwanda is ready to host this once in a generation opportunity. “The fresh perspective championed by Rwanda, together with other Commonwealth countries, should ensure that the Legacy of CHOGM 2020 in Kigali, is a generation lifted by opportunities.” He underlined.
Hon. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who gave a presentation on the readiness of Rwanda to host the upcoming CHOGM 2020 and the role of Parliament of Rwanda in that meeting, called for Rwandan MPs to play their role in raising awareness on CHOGM2020 and Rwanda’s priorities for the 2 years of Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth.
Her Excellency Jo LOMAS, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Rwanda, in her remarks, talking about Rwanda hosting this big event said that visitors will be really wowed by the City of Kigali, cleanliness, hospitality and organisation: ''Expect CHOGM to be followed by the great increase in hospitality, tourism and conferencing." She added.
In her remarks, concluding this celebration, Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille, Speaker of Chamber of Deputies, reminded that the celebrations of this day usually take place on the second Monday of March, and it was celebrated at the national level last Monday. She went on saying that the Parliament of Rwanda as part of the Commonwealth family through Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) prepared this particular celebration to actually demonstrate its commitment and willingness to contribute to CPA activities and in particular its role in the ongoing preparations for the CHOGM 2020.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is the parliamentary arm of the Commonwealth and the professional association of parliamentarians in Commonwealth legislatures comprising of over 180 Parliaments and Legislatures.