CHOGM22 Business Forum Seeks To Reduce Trade Barriers

Governments and Business across the Commonwealth are gathered in Rwanda’s Capital Kigali to create meaningful connections, exchange knowledge, contribute to impactful dialogue and consume information.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic this Commonwealth Business Forum is the first and largest in-person gathering for Governments and Business across the Commonwealth.

The Forum (CBF 2022) experience has been designed to provide different ways to create meaningful connections, exchange knowledge, contribute to impactful dialogue and consume information.

According to organisers the forum is hosted as a partnership between the Government of Rwanda and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC).

Delegates at the forum seek to address the CHOGM theme ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’, with a focus on “A Global Reset”, dealing with the impact of the pandemic and the Commonwealth’s role in rebuilding and reinvigorating the global economy.

In details, delegates have too much work load to get completed in the next two days. At kick off on Tuesday, they have a Plenary session- A Global Reset: Leveraging the Commonwealth for a Global Recovery. The key note speaker is James Mwangi, Chairman and CEO, Equity Group Holdings Plc.

The Plenary session will be held inside Akagera Hall and has attracted industry experts including; Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Managing Partner, Southbridge, Rwanda, Jim Ovia, Founder and Chairman, Zenith Bank, Nigeria, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA, Rwanda, Dr. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, UNECA among others.

The context of this session delegates will remember that the economic shock of COVID-19 in 2020 pushed the global economy into a sharp downturn and exposed systemic fragilities.

The Commonwealth is uniquely positioned as a worldwide alliance with inherent benefits including economic, political and cultural links, and can lead the way in demonstrating what a truly global recovery can look like.

Thefore this session discusses challenges including downturns in employment, disruptions to healthcare service, school closures, trade, and supply chain disruptions. It will compare recovery strategies and experiences and contribute to a unified approach to recovery.

Later In the afternoon, delegates will gather inside AKAGERA Hall to discuss Commonwealth Trade: Challenging Protectionisms and Reducing the Barriers to Business. Moderated by H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, AfCFTA, South Africa.

The session is guided by the context that as the world recovers, free trade areas and reducing barriers to cross-border trade are more critical than ever – how can the Commonwealth challenge rising protectionism?

This session will draw on the panelists experience across Free Trade Agreements, legal procedures, financial services, standards and import-export to answer questions about the future of Commonwealth Trade and how the Commonwealth can use its values, expertise, and experience to bring about a more prosperous future for all.

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