Caribbean: Patricia Scotland- sixth and first lady Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, has attended the 12th Ministerial Conference, which is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, where she conducted different diplomatic talks.
On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Patricia Scotland had productive discussions with a representative who came from Pacific Islands in the MC12 eve. She noted that Scotland met and had productive discussions with representatives from Pacific Islands who were in Geneva for the World Trade Organization – WTO ministerial.
The group expressed sincere appreciation for the guidance and technical advice provided by our Small States Office and agreed to maintain this close collaboration.
In the meeting, Scotland outlined various issues and matters of concern related to small states which are in the Commonwealth and affirmed her strong commitment to continue supporting PIF countries.
32 of 42 Small States are in the Commonwealth. She reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s strong commitment to continue supporting PIF countries in important policy areas such as Climate Change, digitisation, trade and environmental sustainability, and sustainable tourism and recovery strategies.
Further, On the margins of MC12, she had a positive and constructive discussion with Malawi’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Mark Katsonga Phiri, on the work of our Small States office and how they can support Malawi in their development agenda.
The Commonwealth enjoys close and warm cooperation with the Government of Malawi and will continue to provide essential support in research and analysis, capacity building, MC12 implementation, digital trade, and intra-commonwealth trade and investment.
Patricia Scotland was fantastic to see The Commonwealth’s work through its collaboration with Cambridge University bearing fruit; this investment into the Caribbean is exactly the type of outcome we hoped for, and will see real jobs and investment into the region.
She extended gratitude to the teams at GOQii, Cambridge and all the experts, individuals and especially young people who contributed to this ongoing collaboration with Cambridge, and she knows that they will see many more such investments in the future.