PM Lee to attend Commonwealth leaders summit in London

Pic by ZAHARAH OTHMAN

The theme is "Towards a Common Future" as the future of the Commonwealth depends on its 1 billion young people. Yet risks remain. Global growth is fragile.

Pakistan is one of the founding members of the organization. "The challenges posed by protectionism are all too clear", Theresa May said in her opening speech at the Guildhall.

But some have pointed out that Britain's trade with Commonwealth nations now lags far behind that with its European neighbours. Forums are taking place in London for business, on gender equality, youth empowerment, and the role of civil society, ahead of the meeting of heads of government, which its champions hope will give the Commonwealth new impetus going forward.

At the meeting, leaders are expected to discuss global and regional issues of concern, such as weak global trade and investment flows, and the effects of climate change on small and other vulnerable states, and review developments in the Commonwealth.


Abbasi will participate actively in all executive and retreat sessions as well as a number of events being held on the CHOGM's sidelines.

The UK, which is the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for two years, also unveiled a range of new initiatives and networks to mark the launch of CHOGM.

Forty business leaders from India have joined a CII delegation to the forum, looking at opportunities for collaboration in digital technologies, food security, agriculture, skills and other areas - and opportunities for trilateral cooperation between India, the United Kingdom and Africa.

The UK will also fund a new Trade Facilitation Programme, supporting and providing technical assistance to selected Commonwealth countries in implementing the World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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