CX Launch Event
3rd July 2013
Westminster, London, UK
Commonwealth Exchange had its official launch event in July 2013.
We welcomed the Secretary General, High Commissioners, parliamentarians, businesspeople, stakeholders and supporters to hear our vision for the Commonwealth in the 21st Century and how we propose to help make it a reality.
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.