Lord Howell participated in a roundtable discussion at the Commonwealth and Democracy conference on Thursday 24 June at the School for Oriental and African Studies.
Speaking alongside academics and the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Minister reinforced the UK’s intention to reinvigorate its relationship with the Commonwealth as well as the importance of engaging with Commonwealth organisations. Speaking after the conference, the Minister said:
“The UK is committed to upgrading our relationship with the Commonwealth and its affiliated organisations. As an network that represents a fifth of all global trade, as well as a third of the world’s population, its economic importance to the UK and other members can’t be understated.
The Commonwealth’s unique nature is mirrored in organisations such as the Commonwealth Journal and I pay tribute to their work in this their centenary year.”