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Johnson Smith, Commonwealth trade ministers deliberate on boosting trade

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith will join 52 trade ministers within the Commonwealth grouping, tomorrow, to explore strategies to boost trade with a special focus on inclusive and sustainable trade and the Connectivity Agenda across the Commonwealth.

This Second Meeting of the Commonwealth Trade Ministers, which will be held on Thursday, October 10 at Marlborough House in London, United Kingdom, will be convened under the theme, “Advancing our Shared Prosperity”.

“This high-level meeting will allow us to consider concrete actions to support the implementation of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment. It also creates a timely opportunity for critical discussions on how to achieve economic growth through trade, as well as the approaches countries can adopt to ensure all stakeholders can benefit,” Johnson Smith said.

“This includes full and equal participation of women in the economy through gender responsive approaches in developing trade policy and promoting women's economic empowerment,” she added.

Johnson Smith noted that there are still challenges for many Commonwealth developing country and small states in reaping the full benefits of international trade.

“Trade needs to be both inclusive and sustainable in keeping with the commitment countries made to the global Sustainable Development (SDG) Goals,” the minister stressed.

According to the ministry, the outcomes of the meeting are expected to shape trade-related discussions at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled for June 2020 in Rwanda.