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
20 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
By Brendan Vickers, Economic Adviser and Head, International Trade Policy Section; Salamat Ali, Economic Adviser & Trade Economist and Neil Balchin, Economic Adviser, Trade Policy Analysis, The Commonwealth SecretariatRead news - Why the least developed countries of the Commonwealth are doing better at trade
The Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), which ran from 2011 to 2020, set out a vision and strategy for sustainable development in least developed countries (LDCs) by seeking to overcome some of their persistent development challenges. This report takes stock of the progress made and the challenges encountered by the Commonwealth’s 14 LDCs during implementation of the IPoA. At the dawn of a new programme of action in 2022, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of new variants of the virus, the report also looks ahead to opportunities to address the special needs of Commonwealth LDCs and improve their trade and development prospects over the next decade.
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Trade Centre (ITC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen, promote and support private sector development in Commonwealth countries.Read news - The Commonwealth and ITC strengthen ties to help countries achieve sustainable & inclusive economic development
23 February 2022 to 23 February 2022
The Commonwealth Secretariat is formally launching a new digitised report on “A new programme of action for Commonwealth Least Developed Countries: Progress, challenges and priorities”.
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The Hub and Spokes program is an innovative initiative that sends trade advisors to government ministries and economic organisations to help boost trade in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries.
With the emergence of technology-enabled financial services (fintech) and the profound changes to the production and delivery of financial services it has enabled, Commonwealth Central Bank Governors (CCBGs) expressed a desire for improved technical guidance on fintech implementation.
Commonwealth countries are endowed with immense and precious natural resources. These include millions of square kilometres of ocean space, significant renewable (wind, solar) and non-renewable resources (oil, gas, minerals). When managed equitably and sustainably, the exploitation of natural resources bolsters national resilience to economic and social crises, improving prosperity for all citizens.
The Secretariat’s Debt Management Unit (DMU), through its public debt management programme, supports member countries’ efforts to effectively manage their debt portfolios.
Fundamental changes are taking place in the technologies and rules that underpin global trade in goods and services. This presents the Commonwealth’s diverse countries with challenges, but opens up opportunities to expand trade and investment between members and with the rest of the world.