The Coalition Hosts Parliamentary Dinner on Trade, Investment and Development in The Commonwealth


Author: Lauren Pizzey

The Coalition for Global Prosperity was delighted to co-host a private dinner in the House of Commons with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty to discuss boosting trade, investment and development in the Commonwealth ahead of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda next year.

James Cleverly MP

James Cleverly MP

As a trading nation, Britain is at its best when global markets thrive. Trade and aid must go hand in hand in order to create strong economies across the commonwealth. By stimulating economic growth and job creation we can make sure that our development partners of today become our trading partners of tomorrow
— Theo Clarke, Chief Executive at the Coalition for Global Prosperity

The dinner, chaired by Rt Hon Greg Hand MP marked one year on from CHOGM in London and brought together parliamentarians, trade and business leaders, the Rwandan High Commission and the Commonwealth Secretariat to reflect on the progress made on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda in past year, and to discuss potential key deliverables on trade, investment and development ahead of the next CHOGM.

Attendees agreed that as Britain carves out a new place for itself on the global stage, our trade and investment in the Commonwealth, and in particular in Africa, will be increasingly important, and that trade and aid must go hand-in-hand in order to create jobs and unlock the potential of local populations.