Commonwealth meet: India to walk tightrope on UK-Russia face-off

17 April, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Despite attending this conference the President is scheduled to address the Commonwealth Business Council and is also invited to deliver the keynote speech on the conference regarding achieving sustainable development goals.

Britain last hosted Chogm in 1997.

The biennial meeting of the heads of government from the Commonwealth nations is taking place in London and Windsor from 16th - 20th April.

May will commit 212 million pounds ($304 million) to try to make sure children living in developing Commonwealth countries receive 12 years of quality education.

"If Commonwealth businesses are to flourish in such times, if we are to deliver and secure the prosperous future our young people want and deserve, then the Commonwealth and national governments must not be afraid to act", she said, announcing British funding for a new Commonwealth Standards Network, which will help member-states meet global standards, which will further help cut the costs of trade across the community.

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The UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, is using a meeting of Commonwealth nations this week to accelerate action against plastic pollution.

The combined gross domestic product of Commonwealth countries is estimated at US$10.4 trillion (S$13.6 trillion) previous year, and predicted to reach US$13 trillion in 2020.

Pakistan is one of the founding members of the organization.

Mr Lee will be accompanied by Mrs Lee, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, as well as senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang will be Acting Prime Minister during Mr Lee's absence from Wednesday to Saturday.

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