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10 lessons learned in advising an island nation on trade policy

Jean Bertrand Azapmo is a national trade adviser with the Hub and Spokes programme, an innovative aid for trade initiative supporting countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to boost trade and prosperity.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland’s mission to Southern Africa

4 May 2017

It is a great pleasure to have been able to come to Lesotho and Malawi for my first significant visit to Southern Africa. Malawi has been an extraordinary opportunity for us to look and see what we’re doing in relation to ending early marriage, and also what we are doing to attack anti-corruption.

Guyana to reform oil laws and gain wealth fund with Commonwealth support

2 May 2017

New oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana mean the country is poised to become a major new petroleum producer in the coming years.

Commonwealth election observers to go to The Bahamas for first time

1 May 2017

A former foreign minister from Ghana, Hanna Tetteh, will lead a team of Commonwealth election observers to The Bahamas for the country’s general election later this month.

Invest in health care, UK-East African summit told

28 April 2017

Deputy Secretary-General Josephine Ojiambo has urged the UK’s East African diaspora to work together to improve health care in the region. Dr Ojiambo, herself a Kenyan, told the 2nd UK-East African Healthcare Summit in London that as a physician she was heartened by in the diaspora’s commitment to make health a priority.

Malawi president champions Commonwealth programmes

28 April 2017

The president of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, has reaffirmed his commitment to the Commonwealth, pledging to support its initiatives on youth, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, child marriage, domestic violence and climate change.

CommonTies: May Event 2017

25 May 2017

How does the Commonwealth offer young future leaders a chance to connect, engage and contribute to the issues that matter most to them?

Lesotho politicians commit to pre-election peace pact

27 April 2017

Political parties in Lesotho have agreed to sign a pre-election peace pledge as Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland completes her four-day mission in the country.

Pacific islands commit to policies that promote youth entrepreneurship

26 April 2017

The governments of eight Commonwealth island countries in the Pacific have resolved to implement policies that will enable more young people to become entrepreneurs and job creators rather than job seekers.

Caribbean anti-corruption conference brings together regional crime fighters

25 April 2017

National efforts to enhance transparency and thwart corruption in the Caribbean will be strengthened by a Commonwealth conference hosted this week in Jamaica.