Abbasi in London to attend Commonwealth meeting

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

During his stay in London, the Prime Minister will attend the reception being hosted by Queen Elizabeth II; call on the Prince of Wales and meet Prime Minister Theresa May amongst other Commonwealth leaders.

"Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2018) in London today", read a statement issued by Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries, nearly all of which were formerly under British rule.

Pakistan is one of the founding members of the Commonwealth which now consists of 53 members.

Finance Minister Albert Isola is attending the Commonwealth Business Forum which includes discussions relevant to Gibraltar such as "Developing the Digital Economy", "Trade without Frontiers" and "Fintech and Innovation". Altogether, its members make up about a third of the world's population, and about 40 per cent of the world's young people.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was formally opened at Buckingham Palace on Thursday (Apr 19). This intergovernmental summit is an opportunity for Heads to address shared challenges and set new priorities.

In opening the high-level meeting, Her Majesty said it remains a great honour and pleasure to serve as Head of the Commonwealth.

Pakistan-Commonwealth bilateral trade amounted to US$ 10.61 billion in 2016 with Pakistan exports of US$ 4.31 billion and imports of US$ 6.3 billion. Pakistan's primary imports from commonwealth nations are in agriculture products including colza seeds from Canada, tea from Kenya, vegetables from India, Australia and Canada and palm oil from Malaysia. Other significant imports are in chemicals, coal, petroleum oils, raw cotton and iron and steel.

He said Pakistan, as a founding member, greatly valued the Commonwealth and welcomed the United Kingdom's Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for the next two years.

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