story http://certifiedinspectorsgroup.com/wp-includes/l10n.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>President Kagame managed a few minutes off to hold a bilateral meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Loong on the sidelines of CHOGM.
“They discussed continuous close cooperation between both nations,” a source said.
Prime Minister Long expressed admiration for Rwanda’s development and invited the President to visit Singapore with a business delegation.
Meanwhile, CHOGM opening ceremony was graced by traditional Sri Lankan dancers who entertained the guests.
The ceremony was followed by discussion sessions aimed at forging common solutions to global issues.
With this year’s focus on inclusive development, the Heads of States meeting centered on the rapidly diminishing gap between developed and developing nations and the role of partnerships in fast tracking development for all Commonwealth members.
Opening the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, General Kamalesh Sharma, the 5th and current Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations from 2008, stressed the importance of the association as a source of collective strength and partnership.
“The deep awareness that our destinies are joined drives us forward in seeking together for practical solution to the many great tasks before the Commonwealth, and the world at large,” he pointed out.
Sharma also elaborated that “in these times of flux and rapid alteration, a shared vision of our collective striving and resolve are needed more than ever. That is the role of all CHOGMs, to bring us close as a family, to move us forward together”.
The heads of states ended their first day with a dinner hosted by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
In CHOGM tradition, the second day will be marked by closed door informal retreat during which Heads of States will discuss policies to address challenges faced by its members.