Commonwealth Exchange launches a new vision for the Commonwealth

CX Launch eventOn 3rd July Commonwealth Exchange (CX) welcomed the Secretary General, High Commissioners, parliamentarians, businesspeople, stakeholders and supporters to its launch event in Westminster. The event included speeches from CX's Directors Tim Hewish and Ralph Buckle, CX's Chairman Lord Howell of Guildford (Former UK Commonwealth Minister, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Chair of the Council of Commonwealth Societies) as well as by His Excellency Mr Gavin Nicholas, High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago.

Lord Howell praised CX describing it as "a mighty cause, good for Britain, good for the Commonwealth Network and good for peace and stability across the planet… I see a great new page turning in this country’s history. I see a new phase emerging.”

The Commissioner also strongly commended the initiative saying he was “certain it will result in enhanced trade and educational linkages across the Commonwealth”.

The Directors set out their vision for the Commonwealth, not as a relic or as a new trade bloc, but as a powerful network reaching across the globe. This network, if embraced, has the potential to raise millions out of poverty and bring education, security and prosperity to millions more. They also presented just some of the varied and exciting programmes CX wishes to run.

Further reading

Lord Flight, a member of CX's Advisory Board, previewed the event on ConservativeHome

Supporters in Parliament tabled an Early Day Motion welcoming CX

The High Commissioner has posted about the event on his website

Robin Walker MP who is also a member of the CX Advisory Board and serves as Secretary for the Commonwealth and Trade out of Poverty groups in Parliament wrote about the event on his website

Photos from the event:[gallery columns="4" ids="320,321,323,324,325,326,327,328,329,330,332,333,334,337,338,340,341,342,344,345"]