CSG Patricia Scotland shares glimpse of her visit to Geneva on MC12 eve

These books are among publications and resources the Commonwealth Secretariat provides free of charge to member states.

CSG Patricia Scotland shares glimpse of her visit to Geneva on MC12 eve
CSG Patricia Scotland shares glimpse of her visit to Geneva on MC12 eve

Caribbean: Patricia Scotland- sixth and first lady of the Secretary-General of Commonwealth who is on her official visit to Geneva for the eve of MC12 and presented DG of World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala with the Commonwealth’s exciting new children’s book series on sustainable energy and was delighted to hear she’ll consider replicating the concept in trade.

These books are among publications and resources the Commonwealth Secretariat provides free of charge to member states.

She further stated that she also presented her with the biennial report and the recently-launched Trade Hot Topics paper, “Beyond the Pandemic: Commonwealth Trade and Investment Prospects”, produced by the Commonwealth Trade Team ahead of CHOGM2022 and CBF2022. 

Patricia Scotland expressed pleasure to meet the Bahamas Mission to the United Nations Office and other Int Orgs in Geneva’s new Ambassador, Patricia Hermanns, on the margins of World Trade Organization – WTO, MC12. 

She said, “We had a brief exchange on regional issues where I commended The Bahamas for their work on the Blue Economy and for their staunch support for the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda.”

Patricia Scotland attended the long-awaited MC12 as a special guest of the Conference Chair. Together with World Trade Organization – WTO, the Commonwealth is committed to supporting member states to enhance their trade capacity in response to the economic crisis the world now faces.

She also met with Seychelles Minister of Finance, National Planning & Trade, Naadir Hassan, at their Small States Office in Geneva.

“We discussed The Commonwealth’s support to member countries, including during MC12, and in areas of interest to them, such as Blue Charter and digital trade,” she added. 

In Geneva, Patricia Scotland had an impromptu yet productive meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Co-operative Republic of Guyana’s Foreign Minister, Hugh Hilton Todd, at their office in Geneva.

The Minister recognised and commended the Commonwealth’s stewardship and support to Guyana and member countries, particularly to the Small States and vulnerable economies.

Patricia Scotland met with the Gambia’s delegation to MC12, led by the Ministry of Trade PS, Mr Ebrima Sisawo. They had a good discussion on the work of our Small States office and areas where the Commonwealth can provide support in energy, digital connectivity agenda and tourism.