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The Business Forum will be held across the Guildhall and Mansion House in the City of London and the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster and will be addressed by heads of government, ministers and global business leaders.

The Forum will address the CHOGM 2018 theme 'Towards a Common Future' and will focus on six key areas; accessing modern financial services, easing the pathway for business and growth, harnessing Commonwealth technology and innovation, creating a new attitude to sustainable business, mobilising an export economy and attracting inward investment.

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Free trade ‘the engine for global prosperity'

The Commonwealth Business Forum at Guildhall in London concluded this afternoon after three days of lively speeches, panel discussions, presentations and round table consultations. MORE

Finance guarantee to help small states access international funds

An innovative way for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance has been launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. MORE

New diaspora report shows investment gap

Immigrants to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth countries are not investing as much money back to their home countries as they could. This ‘investment gap’ is a key finding from the first comprehensive assessment of UK diaspora investment. MORE

Microsoft founder praises Commonwealth collaboration

This morning all four forums of the Commonwealth Summit met for a joint plenary session. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates spoke of the importance of collaboration and sharing during his keynote address. MORE

Commonwealth values ‘could help rebuild business trust’

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland talked about sport, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and small business during an open debate at the Business Forum at London’s Guildhall this afternoon. MORE

Small states ability to trade strengthened on world stage

UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, today renewed his country’s support for the Commonwealth’s Small States Office in Geneva. MORE

UK Prime Minister: Commonwealth can set an example to the world

UK Prime Minister Theresa May opened the Commonwealth Business Forum at London’s historic Guildhall this morning, on the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). MORE