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Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility to begin work

8 October 2018

The Commonwealth Small States Trade Finance Facility has become operational. Its supervisory board met for the first time today, in Malta. The Facility can now begin work to increase trade and investment flows for the 31 small states of the Commonwealth.

Senior officials report “good progress” ahead of 2019 law ministers’ meeting

5 October 2018

Senior officials from law ministries across the Commonwealth welcomed innovative projects by the Secretariat to promote the rule of law and justice reform, following through on mandates given by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting earlier this year.

Law Ministers encouraged to prepare for climate change

5 October 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has recommended that small member countries put legal measures in place to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Consultations to begin on anti-corruption benchmarks

4 October 2018

The Commonwealth has announced the start of informal consultations on an important set of benchmarks designed to help governments tackle corruption.

Commonwealth family stands firmly with Belize

3 October 2018

The Commonwealth’s 53 nations will continue their staunch support of Belize’s territorial integrity, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland told Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday.

Ask the expert: Unlocking funding to reduce disaster risk

3 October 2018

The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat in specialised areas. In this fourth edition, Travis Mitchell, Head of Economic Policy and Small States, talks about the priority areas that will be discussed at this year’s Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.

Secretary-General meets government officials and stakeholders in Belize

2 October 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has met with government officials and is due to meet Prime Minister Dean Barrow during a four-day visit to Belize.

Senior officials set agenda for next law ministers’ meeting

1 October 2018

Senior officials from law ministries across the Commonwealth are gathering from 1 to 3 October in London, to agree on priority areas for the forthcoming Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Meeting. The biennial gathering of ministers and attorneys-general, scheduled for autumn 2019, is a key platform for collaboration and exchange amongst Commonwealth countries, which share a common legal tradition.

Supercharging economic development through South-South collaboration

29 September 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today signed a new agreement with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in the margins of the United General Assembly in New York.

Commonwealth ministers set out plan for implementation of leaders’ mandates

29 September 2018

Foreign affairs ministers have reiterated their commitment to work with the Commonwealth Secretariat to deliver the range of initiatives agreed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April this year.