22
Sep

Commonwealth Business Forum 2018

Commonwealth Business Forum 2018

16-18 April 2018
London, United kingdom

In April 2018, for the first time since 1997, the UK will host all 52 Commonwealth leaders for the 25th Commonwealth Summit; representing the interests of over 2.6 billion people. Throughout the Summit 10,000 top leaders from business, politics, academia and culture will come together to showcase the Commonwealth’s vibrant and diverse network. This is a truly unique and historic opportunity to promote and celebrate the very best of the Commonwealth to a global audience.With a combined GDP of US$14 trillion by 2020 it is estimated that the Commonwealth Factor, shared values, regulatory systems and language, makes trade costs on average19% lower between Commonwealth countries.

The Commonwealth Business Forum is an integral part of the Summit and brings together businesses critical to trade and investment leadership together with Government to debate the issues facing their countries in 2018 and beyond. Organised by The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, in partnership with the City of London, this top level business gathering is only accessed by special invitation and will be held across three iconic London venues: the Guildhall, Mansion House and the QEII Conference Centre.

The Commonwealth Business Forum is a unique platform for dialogue, bringing together business and Government leaders from across the Commonwealth
  • The 11th CBF and the first held in the UK in 20 years
  • Opened by the Prime Minister of the UK and addressed by Commonwealth Heads of Government
  • 800 CEOs and board members of leading global companies
  • Commonwealth trade delegations
  • 40+ sessions on key economic and business themes
  • VIP Lounges, exclusive networking and bespoke events
  • Dedicated one-to-one meeting system for participants
CBF 2018 will address the key themes of
  • Accessing modern financial services
  • Easing the pathway for business and growth
  • harnessing Commonwealth technology and innovation
  • Creating a new attitude to sustainable business
  • Mobilising an export economy
  • Attracting inward investment

 

29
Nov

CommonwealthFirst Export Champions shine in Delhi

The inaugural CommonwealthFirst trade mission saw a delegation of twelve outstanding UK SMEs travel to Delhi for the India-UK Tech Summit on 7-9 November. The Summit was attended by both the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The CommonwealthFirstdelegation was led by Manoj Ladwa, Member of the Advisory Board, and accompanied by CommonwealthFirst mentors including representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry, De La Rue, JCB and Taylor Rubber, who were on hand to provide guidance and encouragement for the companies seeking to enter the enormous Indian market.

As well as attending the summit, the CommonwealthFirst delegation attended events hosted by the British High Commission, British Council, Confederation of Indian Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the India Observer Research Foundation.