UK holds CW Trade Ministers’ meeting

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The UK has held the first ever Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ meeting. The event brought together politicians, officials and policymakers from over 20 Commonwealth nations and was jointly convened by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Pakistan, an important trading partner of the UK, was represented by the Secretary of Commerce, Azmat Ali Ranjha. The two-day event saw Ministers and representatives from across the Commonwealth consider how to strengthen collaboration and deepen intra-Commonwealth trade and investment. The meeting followed on from the Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta in November 2015 and provided an opportunity to kick-start an ambitious ‘Agenda for Growth’ ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Summit hosted by the UK. Dr Liam Fox, the UK’s International Trade Secretary, said: “The Commonwealth economies are wonderfully diverse, each with their own specialisations, industries and opportunities.—Agencies