PHOTOS: Rwanda’s Glamorous Convention Centre Lights Up AU Summit

The new Kigali Convention centre

President Kagame has inaugurated the Kigali Convention Centre, adiposity which will host delegates during the African Union Summit scheduled for July 10-18.

In his inauguration speech, President Kagame thanked the forces that were behind the realisation of the project from inception to conclusion.

He described the project as the fruit of not only the spirit of resilience but also hard work and team work.

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“Through the Rwandan spirit we tried to put up this structure but failed three times. We finally succeeded. The Rwandan spirit means we have failed many times but we don’t give up, we have succeeded more than we have failed,” said Kagame as he unveiled the magnificent structure in the Capital Kigali on Friday.

“We appreciate the opportunity we were availed with to host the African union summit and that put us under immense pressure to succeed with this facility,” said the president.

Kagame unveiling the new facility in Kigali

Kagame unveiling the new facility in Kigali

Rwanda has for long been gearing up to host the 27th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) under the theme: “2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women”.

The newly constructed Convention Centre dubbed (KCC) has given a facelift to the capital city, Kigali.

All the major streets are colorfully carrying visual branding of the summit artworks with messages to popularise the vision of the African Union and its development Agenda 2063.

The Summit will officially kick off on 10 July 2016 with the Thirty-second (32nd) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at the Kigali Convention Center (KCC).

The Ambassadors of AU Member States who constitute the PRC, will discuss items on the agenda in preparation for the 27th AU Summit, to be submitted to the Executive Council for adoption.

The centre will host the AU Summit starting July 10

The centre will host the AU Summit starting July 10

President Kagame said what remained was for Rwandans and friends of Rwanda all over the world to make good use of what the facility provides.

“Most of us were brought up in small huts that look like this dome, so, it’s truly Rwandan and a modern symbol of our cultural heritage,” assured the President.

Thanking the AU Commission for the opportunity accorded to Rwanda to host the Summit, President Kagame said Rwandans look forward to hosting the African Union Summit and that it would make them proud.

The Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union is scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 July 2016 in the presence of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union.


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