Commonwealth Trade Review and launch: Commonwealth countries are estimated to have lost up to US$345 billion worth of
trade in 2020, including $60 billion in intra-Commonwealth trade, according to 2021 Commonwealth Trade Review on “Energising Commonwealth Trade in a Digital World: Paths to Recovery Post-COVID”. Released on 13 July, the Commonwealth Trade Review provides a
timely and comprehensive analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the trade and investment flows of Commonwealth member countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll globally, substantially impacting all Commonwealth members economies and leading to US$1.15 trillion
in foregone gross domestic product (GDP) in just one year. Compared to pre-pandemic growth trends in 2020, Commonwealth economies contracted by approximately 10%. Most Commonwealth countries also experienced a significant decline in overall Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) inflows in 2020, with a loss of US$153 billion to the Commonwealth.
Given the linkages between trade and investment and the role of FDI in supporting cross-border trade, these disruptions could limit trade prospects
for Commonwealth countries.
A reassuring finding from the Trade Review is that the Commonwealth trade advantage has remained strong and resilient, and is now estimated at 21
per cent, on average. On the investment side, this advantage has almost tripled since the 2015, to around 27 per cent.
those interested, see this
recent workshop on 'Exploring the notion of a “Commonwealth advantage” in trade' which brought senior policy-makers, business representatives and the IB community together on 23 March at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.
For those interested, see this recent workshop on 'Exploring the notion of a “Commonwealth advantage” in trade' which brought senior policy-makers, business representatives and the IB community together on 23 March at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.
CWEIC Webinar: Bridging the Vaccine Deficit - Insights from the Front Line
The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) is holding a webinar with the world’s
leading experts on the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday
26 July from 1330 - 1430 BST.
Click here to register for this emergency briefing on how to ensure a successful vaccination campaign, the challenges of vaccination rollouts and how to overcome them.
Working at the forefront of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CWEIC Strategic Partner Crown Agents has been procuring and delivering PPE and vaccines to Governments across the world, and is contracted to supply over 37 million doses of Pfizer, Covishield, Covavax and Sinovac vaccines.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Please
click here to register.