President Paul Kagame has arrived in Buenos Aires – Argentina for the summit of Group of Twenty commonly known as G20.
First G20 summit to be hosted in South America, the gathering will be attended among others, by nineteen leaders of the world’s biggest economies and a representative of the European Union between November 30 and December 1, 2018.
Serving chairperson of the African Union, Kagame is expected to speak at a working lunch on “Putting People First” to discuss technology, youth jobs and women’s empowerment.
Held under the theme ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development,’ the two day Summit is where the largest economies of the world are provided a space for leaders to engage in discussions on the most significant and relevant global issues.
It brings together 19 countries and the EU. Also in attendance are countries chairing key regional groupings like AU (Rwanda), ASEAN (Singapore), NEPAD (Senegal) and CARICOM (Jamaica).
Kagame will also hold a tripartite meeting ahead of the summit with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Macky Sall of Senegal as the Chair of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee.
Major key priorities of the African continent to be highlighted at the forum include: increase continent’s level of engagement with the G20, strengthen G20’s commitments to Africa’s Agenda 2063 and a greater integration of African economies in the global economy.
Rwandan and Argentinian Ministers of Foreign Affairs signed a cooperation agreement at the G20 MOFA meeting in May in Buenos Aires.
President Macri will host a Leaders’ dinner for all attending Heads of State.
Meanwhile, some of participants who have already arrived include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accompanied with wife, the president of South Korea Moon River and Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy.
Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also landed in Buenos Aires.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director General of World Trade Organization was also received in Argentina during morning hours.
Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore and Mohammed Bin Salman, The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia arrived in Argentina yesterday.
On the agenda, participants expect a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
A potential signing of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is also expected.