• Right Honourable, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Commonwealth Chair-in-Office
  • Excellencies, Heads of State and Government
  • Right Honorable, Baroness Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
  • Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening. Thank you all for coming.

As the newest Commonwealth member, Rwanda is honoured to host next year’s Heads of Government Meeting.

We look forward to welcoming the entire Commonwealth family to Kigali next June.

I thank the Chair-in-Office and the Secretary-General for their guidance and support throughout the planning process.

Our goal is to bring a fresh perspective on our core themes of trade, good governance, and equality.

Young people are the Commonwealth’s greatest asset.

We must guarantee them equal access to the technology and skills needed to get good jobs, and even start their own businesses.

Prime Minister, I commend your focus on education, particularly girls’ education.

This issue is close our hearts in Rwanda.

We look forward to working with you, and like-minded leaders, to ensure equality in education.

Rwanda is proud to belong to the Commonwealth of Nations.

The consensus around the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values, shows that cooperation remains the best way to build a better and more equal world, for everybody.

I thank you, once again, and look forward to welcoming you in Rwanda.