The two organisations will broaden their existing cooperation to promote the ocean economy, curb plastic pollution, support least-developed countries, bolster the digital economy and boost gender equality.Read news - Commonwealth and UNCTAD expand development cooperation
The Commonwealth Secretariat has partnered with the Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, and Cameroon’s Ministry of Trade to deliver the first of a series of digital boot camp training workshops to build the capacity of women-owned micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) across the west central African country.Read news - Cameroonian women entrepreneurs trained to increase digital trade opportunities under new partnership
This week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, spoke at the Management Development Institute (MDI) in New Delhi India, about the importance of closing the digital divide and utilizing strategies such as SMART governance.Read news - Commonwealth Secretary-General highlights importance of SMART governance for closing the digital divide
28 July 2022 to 28 July 2022
Organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Enhanced Integrated Framework and the World Economic Forum, the thematic focus of the session is on solutions to build capacity for developing countries to engage fully and effectively in digital trade. This aligns most closely with the Global Review’s themes of “connectivity and empowerment” and “future priorities”.
27 July 2022 to 27 July 2022
Organised by the Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva, the session will focus on pragmatic ways to address the connectivity constraints limiting the participation of small economies in global trade. This aligns most closely with the Global Review’s theme of “connectivity and empowerment”.
By Brendan Vickers, Head, International Trade Policy Section; Salamat Ali, Economic Adviser, Trade Economist and Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser, Trade Policy Analysis, The Commonwealth Secretariat, London.Read news - Blog: Tackling food insecurity in Commonwealth small states in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war
One of the greatest challenges facing many Commonwealth countries is the global food crisis and soaring prices.Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat and IICA strengthen efforts to boost food security in the Caribbean
The 2022 Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF 2022) commenced in Kigali today, with participants deliberating on key global issues and the role of the Commonwealth in leading a global reset as the world emerges from the pandemic.Read news - The 2022 Commonwealth Business Forum begins on a high note in Kigali
Blog by Travis Mitchell, Adviser and Head, Economic Policy and Small StatesRead news - Blog: GDP+ is long-run solution for recognising Small States vulnerability in development financing
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, joined Ministers from across the world in attending the Opening Session of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) at the WTO headquarters in Geneva on 12 June 2022. The Secretary-General attended as a special guest of the Conference Chair, Kazakhstan.Read news - Commonwealth Secretary-General attends WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva
The Commonwealth Secretariat and World Trade Organization (WTO) signed yesterday (11 June) a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations and to enhance the participation of Commonwealth countries in the multilateral trading system.Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat and WTO strengthen efforts to boost trade capacity of Commonwealth members
Governments and the business community across the Commonwealth are set to meet for the first and largest in-person gathering at the Commonwealth Business Forum, held alongside CHOGM in Kigali later this month. Ahead of the Forum, the Commonwealth Secretary-General addressed members of the Eastern Africa Association reaffirming the Secretariat’s commitment to supporting member governments, businesses, and the people in East Africa as they unleash their full potentialRead news - Commonwealth Secretary-General hails long-lasting partnership with East Africa ahead of CHOGM
Ahead of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) starting on 12 June 2022, the Commonwealth Small States Office (CSSO) in Geneva organised two virtual workshops to assist small states with their preparations for the ministerial meeting.Read news - Commonwealth Supporting Small States ahead of WTO Ministerial
The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit has praised the role of the Commonwealth Secretariat in enabling more public-private partnerships as well as building the digital economy in his country.Read news - Dominica commends Commonwealth Secretariat’s leadership on finance and the economy
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to collaborate on key areas of development.Read news - Commonwealth signs MoU with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
Op-ed by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QCRead news - Op-ed: Working together will boost Caribbean exports
21 June 2022 to 21 June 2022
The Commonwealth Secretariat and The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization are proud to announce The Commonwealth Digital Trade Hackathon.
Last week the Commonwealth Secretariat held a three-day workshop in Nepal for grassroots female entrepreneurs to help them leverage digital infrastructure opportunities for E-Commerce and Digital Marketing.Read news - Commonwealth supports female entrepreneurs in Asia to leverage e-commerce opportunities
Widespread acceptance of digital trade documents could generate an additional US$1.2 trillion in trade by Commonwealth countries by 2026, a report has found.Read news - $1.2 trillion Commonwealth trade boost from digitalising paperwork, report finds
For almost 15 years, under the flagship Aid for Trade Hub and Spokes (H&S) Programme, Pacific Island countries received critical trade support from advisers deployed across the region to support both national and regional trade agendas.Read news - Commonwealth strengthens trade development capacities in the Pacific Islands
5 May 2022 to 5 May 2022
Prior to the departure of the UK from the European Union (EU), commonly known as Brexit, third country exporters faced the same customs union rules for shipping goods both to the UK and EU.
1 April 2022 to 1 April 2022
A launch event for the report: Quantitative Analysis of the Move to Paperless Trade - Clear imperatives to accelerate legal reform
Blog by Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser, International Trade Policy SectionRead news - Blog: Achieving growth with structural change in LDCs: Priorities for the Doha Programme of Action
Last month, the Commonwealth Trade Competitiveness team together with the Gambia’s Ministry of Trade and the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GiEPA) held a two-day exporters’ stakeholder forum aimed at identifying the most efficient ways to ensure the successful implementation of the Gambia’s National Export Strategy (NES) for 2021-2025.Read news - Commonwealth helps The Gambia implement National Export Strategy
Yesterday, The Commonwealth Secretariat welcomed representatives from High Commissions across London for an open day showcasing the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate (TONR).Read news - Commonwealth welcomes High Commissions to Marlborough House for ‘Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources’ Open day