President Deby in Kigali to Assess Preparations For AU Summit
Idriss Deby Itno, the President of Tchad and current chairman of African Union arrived in Kigali, Rwanda Wednesday morning to witness preparations for the Head of States summit in July.
Rwanda has for the past months scaled up final works on mega infrastructure projects that will host the AU summit. The government says all the venues will be ready on time.
The Kigali Convention Center which cost $ 300 millionÂ will host the summit’s inaugural event. The facility includes among others the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel, an impressive meeting hall with a 2500-seater capacity and several halls for side events.
Hoteliers have also been working hard to put their services to the international standards, while new others are mushrooming to reap big from the continental event.
Louise Mushikiwabo Rwandaâ€™s Foreign Affairs Minister on June 13 travelled to Tchad to update president Deby on the progress preparations.
â€œI indicated to the president that we are at final phase of preparations. Rwanda is ready for the summit,â€ she said.
Djeneba Diarra, the Secretary General of AU Commission earlier in March travelled to Kigali to evaluate Rwanda’s readiness to host this historic conference.
â€œWe were extremely impressed by speed and sense of urgency the Kigali teams are doing things to make sure all facilities are in place for a good conference. I am therefore confident that Rwanda is very prepared,” Diarra said.
Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma the chairperson of African Union Commission was in Rwanda recently and took a guided tour at the Convention centre. She told local media that she was satisfied with preparations progress.
Previously, Rwanda has successfully hosted important international events including; the just concluded Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the World Economic Forum on Africa in May.
Last year, Rwanda also hosted the 50th African Development Bank (AfDB) summit, a major event on the continent.