Almost a year after joining the Commonwealth Nations, Togo took part from June 5 to 6 2023, in the very first Meeting of Trade Ministers of the Organization since it became a member.
The meeting, organized at Marlborough House in London and counting for the year 2023, focused on issues related to trade and investment.
This was in particular for the ministers to reflect on “better cooperation for resilient, inclusive, green and digital economies”, as recalled by the Secretary General of the Organization, Patricia Scotland.
During the meeting, the representative of Togo, Kodjo Adedze reiterated his country’s desire to grow within the institution, and to contribute to the achievement of its ambitions.
Several topics were discussed, such as trade policy solutions to the climate crisis, digital trade, and the multilateral trading system.
“We are here because we share a common vision: to achieve US$2 trillion in intra-Commonwealth trade by 2030. We gather in a time of change and challenge. All of us are tightly bound by a tangled knot of crises spanning global systems: A world living with the social, political and economic consequences of COVID-19, crippling debt, rising inflation and high interest rates, spiralling costs for food and energy, tremors of instability and conflict and the increasingly harsh impacts of climate change ”, said the Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC in her opening speech.
The next flagship activity of the Commonwealth Nations is scheduled for 2024 in Apia (Samoa), with the meeting of Heads of Government.