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  • Supporting small states

    The Commonwealth supports vulnerable small states through a range of initiatives, including advocacy to help them access funding for development projects and resilience profiling to identify development challenges and best-fit solutions

     

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  • Securing finance for climate action

    Climate change is reversing progress on poverty alleviation, economic growth and stability across the world and small states can suffer its impacts in a disproportional way. 

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  • Creating better trade opportunities

    The Commonwealth supports member countries to improve their export competitiveness and diversify exports. Through our expertise and assistance member countries secure better trade deals and make more effective use of financial and technical assistance for trade development.

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  • Financing for development

    The Commonwealth has a longstanding commitment to improve financing for development. We offer practical support to address debt and participate in innovative financing initiatives, to protect remittance flows, and for more inclusive and effective international tax co-operation.

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Economic development

The Commonwealth is working with governments, international development partners, grassroots organisations and civil society to help both developing and developed countries enjoy economic growth and stability.

Many of our members are small and vulnerable and face challenges to finance basic public services, are burdened with high debt and have had limited success in securing the benefits of global trade.

Traditional sources of finance for these countries – such as taxation and development assistance – while critically important, are insufficient to meet these challenges.

The Commonwealth helps its member governments to equitably and sustainably manage their human, natural and economic capital, to bolster national resilience to economic and social crises, and to improve prosperity for all citizens.

National Workshop on Trade in Services: Kingston, Jamaica

Forty-four (44) government officials and private sector representatives, including 30 women and 14 men participated in a Trade in Services Workshop held from 26 – 27 September 2017, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Commonwealth and African Development Bank to explore 'real and tangible' partnership

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have pledged to work closer together to help billions of people.

Commonwealth finance ministers urged to change rules to make it easier to access funds

In a powerful intervention at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington DC, the prime minister of Saint Lucia called for the rules to be changed so countries affected by natural disasters could access funds more quickly.

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