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Lawyers fund new classroom building in Zambia Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

15 April 2019

Teachers and pupils at a school in Zambia have been celebrating the opening of a new classroom thanks to donations from law conference delegates.Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland officially opened the new facility at the Linda Community School in the small village of Livingstone, Zambia.

Countries agree on targets to support small and medium businesses Delegates from Vanuatu and Bangladesh

11 April 2019

Commonwealth countries wrapped up two days of deliberations today, with a plan to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses looking to gain a foothold in global markets and supply chains.

Deepening the anti-corruption effort in Grenada Dr Roger Koranteng and the Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell

10 April 2019

The Commonwealth, in collaboration with the Integrity Commission of Grenada, organised a leadership and management training programme from 25 March - 1 April in the capital, St. George’s. In addition, a one-day session on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), published by Transparency International, took place with the National Roundtable Anticorruption Mechanism.  Participants discussed the implications of the CPI for Grenada.

Connectivity group to help businesses tap into global trade Vanuatu Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman

10 April 2019

Commonwealth countries will gather in Vanuatu this week to explore how small and medium-size businesses can plug into global value chains, and benefit from intra-Commonwealth trade - estimated to reach nearly $2 trillion within 10 years. The activity is part of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda (CCA), adopted by Heads of Government in April 2018 with a view to boosting trade and investment links across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth group: Maldives elections “peaceful and well-organised” Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election

9 April 2019

A Commonwealth group observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary election has concluded the voting and counting process on election day was “peaceful and well organised”.

Commonwealth observers commend peaceful conduct of Solomon Islands election Commonwealth Observer Group in the Solomon Islands

8 April 2019

The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) in Honiara has commended the people of the Solomon Islands for “participating peacefully and in high numbers in their national general election”.

Caribbean workshop designed to help attract investment and support entrepreneurs Delegates at a Caribbean workshop to help attract investment and support entrepreneurs

8 April 2019

The Commonwealth has been working alongside two Caribbean agencies on how the region’s business climate can be improved to help entrepreneurs and encourage investment. Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Commonwealth and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) held a two-day workshop in Barbados running from 9 – 10 April.

Secretary-General attends Rwandan genocide commemoration Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland attended The Day of Remembrance in Rwanda

7 April 2019

Rwanda has held a national act of remembrance to mark 25 years since the genocide that killed an estimated one million people.

Tackling “action gap” will boost sport’s role in sustainable development, say debaters Commonwealth Debate on the contribution of sport to the Sustainable Development Goals

6 April 2019

An all-female team won the 4th Commonwealth Debate on Sport, arguing that “intentional action” is needed to scale sport’s impact on sustainable development. The debate was on the contribution of sport to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being limited by a current skills and knowledge gap.

Voting begins in Maldives Commonwealth Observer Group in the Maldives

6 April 2019

A Commonwealth group is observing Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections as the nation elects 87 members to parliament for the next five years. The former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, is chairing the group of eight Commonwealth observers.