Following the presentation to Chapter Chairs during the AIB Conference in
Dubai, the Commonwealth Research Network on International Business (CRN-IB)
founded by Professor Peter Buckley with others will be developing its
activities ( By
August, the web site will provide access to additional resources from
events and reports CRN-IB has contributed to with other related material
and set out future plans.

For the interim report on the first Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting
held in London in March 2017, see
report-on-private- sector-day/
This provides a significant opportunity for the policy (and private sector)
engagement much discussed in Dubai especially with the UK chairing the
Commonwealth from April 2018 for two years.

Also see information below on an event on Harnessing the Commonwealth
Advantage in International Trade on 13th July 2017 in London. There is no
registration fee and while notice is short, anyone who is able to attend is
welcome and encouraged to do so.

Harnessing the Commonwealth Advantage in International Trade - 13th July
Event Venue: 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London, EC2A 4ES

Commonwealth members already enjoy a trade advantage without any formal
collaboration. We tend to trade on average around 20% more compared to
other partners and benefit from lower trade costs arising from our
commonalities. These results suggest potential for enhanced cooperation to
further stimulate the Commonwealth trade advantage in contemporary trade,
finance and investment flows. Getting our trade, finance and investment
governance structures fit for purpose within the context of 21st century
trade – in anticipation of the next production revolution – is a
prerequisite to regenerative development. This one-day event organised in
collaboration with Pinsent Masons and the London Wealth Forum will explore
how the Commonwealth advantage in international trade can be more
effectively harnessed to this effect.

9.30-10:00am Opening Remarks - The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC,
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth - Jason Collins, Head of Tax,
Litigation & Regulatory, Pinsent Masons LLP Moderator: Richard Moir, CEO
London Wealth Forum
10:00-11:15am Session 1. The Commonwealth in the Changing Global Trading
Landscape: This panel will explore the profound shifts arising in the
global trading landscape and the Commonwealth trade advantage within this
context. Panel: - Chris Giles, Financial Times - Sir Mark John Boleat, City
of London - Lorand Bartels, Cambridge University Moderator: Jodie Keane,
Commonwealth Secretariat, London
11:15–11:30am TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11:30–1.00pm Session 2. Enhancing Connectivity across the Commonwealth: New
forms of trading relationships are arising as a result of profound
technological advances. In view of these transformations, this panel will
explore 21st century trade support measures.
Panel: - Dirk Willem te Velde, Overseas Development Institute, London -
Jane Drake-Brockman, Senior Services Advisor, International Trade Centre -
Michael Sippitt, Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform Moderator:
Stèphanie Noël, International Trade Lawyer and Consultant to Pinsent Masons
1:00–2:00pm LUNCH
2:00-3:30pm Session 3. Accessing Finance and Alternative Investment
Vehicles: Upgrading productive structures requires access to finance. In
turn, this requires institutional support and governance capabilities. This
panel session will explore experiences across the Commonwealth and situate
this discussion within the context of regenerative development.
Panel: - Professor Machiko Nissanke, Emeritus Professor, SOAS - Seth
Terkper former Ghanian Minister of Finance - Daniel Hanna, Global Head of
Public Sector and Development Organisations for Standard Chartered.
Moderator: Howard Haughton, Commonwealth Secretariat
3:30-3:45pm TEA/COFFEE BREAK
3:45- 5:00pm Session 4. The Tax and Trade Nexus – Developments in Tax
Treaty Arrangements The taxation of cross-border flows has a significant
influence on investment and cross border trade. In the context of
significant and ongoing broader reform related to international taxation
this session focusses on developments related to bilateral tax treaty
Panel: - Jeremy Webster, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons - Dr Martin
Hearson, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
- Richard Hay, Partner, Stikeman Elliott - Duncan Onduru, Executive
Director, Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators Moderator: Lucas
Rutherford, Commonwealth Secretariat
5:00-5:30pm Workshop Close Master of Ceremony: Richard Moir, CEO London
Wealth Forum
5:30-7:00pm Reception Hosted by Pinsent Masons
Spaces are limited. For information and registration please contact Richard
Moir. Tel 07803048451. RSVP by 11 July. [log in to unmask]

Arif Zaman
Henley Business School, University of Reading
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