The Commonwealth Business Forum


The Commonwealth Business Forum which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth provides an ideal platform to promote practical ways to enhance trade and investment, to build new business partnerships, and to contribute to key policy recommendations presented to the CHOGM. Drawing on the extensive Commonwealth network, which includes a wide cross-section of developed and emerging markets, this Forum will build on the success of previous Forums in London, Johannesburg, Abuja, Malta and Kampala.

On behalf of our Director-General, Dr Mohan Kaul, I have the honour to invite you to the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) taking place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad-and-Tobago from 23rd to 26th November 2009, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). As you may be aware, the forum is one of the CHOGM associated events, which adds a significant business and economic dimension to the biennial Heads of Government meetings.

Organised by the Commonwealth B;l;lusiness Council (CBC) in collaboration the Government of the Republic of Trinidad-and-Tobago, the Commonwealth Business Forum will provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue between business and government leaders from the modern Commonwealth and beyond, aiming towards building new economic and financial architecture in the global economy, and ensuring that it is inclusive and beneficial to all.

The forum is a biennial, high-profile business event which will be attended by some 800 business leaders to include: Bajaj Auto, BA, BP, Cable & Wireless, De La Rue, Diamond Group, First Caribbean International Bank, First Citizens, KPMG, Mott McDonald, QI, RBTT, SNC Lavalin, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever, Virgin Atlantic, and other business and community leaders from 40 different countries. There will be over one hundred inspiring eminent speakers &endash; 20 Heads of Government and 60 Ministers, focusing on the theme "Partnering for More Equitable and Sustainable Future &endash; the Commonwealth and the Americas"

Confirmed and Invited Speakers Include:

(Africans in bold type)

Hon  Patrick  Manning

Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago

HE  Rupiah  Banda

President of Zambia

Hon  Bruce  Golding

Prime Minister of Jamaica

Hon  Sheikh  Hasina

Prime Minister of Bangladesh

HE  Yoweri  Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda

Ms  Anna  Kajumulo Tibaijuka

Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Hon  Tillman  Thomas

Prime Minister of Grenada

Hon  Syed Yousaf   Raza Gilani

Prime Minister, Pakistan

Hon  David   Thompson

Prime Minister of Barbados

Prof  Joseph  E. Stiglitz

2001 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics

Dr  AB  Hayward

Group Chief Executive, BP

Hon  Hope Ruhindi  Mwesigye

Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry And Fisheries

Dato'  Vijay  Eswaran

Group Managing Director & CEO, QI Ltd

HE  Edwin  W. Carrington

Secretary-General, Caribbean Community

Amb  Luis Fernando   Andrade Falla

Secretary General, Association of Caribbean States

Sir  Dwight  Venner

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Ms  Helen  Clarke

UNDP Administrator

Mr  Paul  Skinner

Chairman, Commonwealth Business Council

Mr  Rahul  Bajaj

Chairman Bajaj Auto

Mr  Pascal  Dozie

Chairman, Diamond Bank Group

Mr  Louis  Farrugia

Group Chief Executive, Simonds  Farsons Cisk, Malta

Sir   Allan  Fields

KCMG, Chairman, Cable & Wireless, Barbados

Mr  Michael  Prior

President & CEO, Atlantic Tele-Network

Mr  Rajendra   Pawar

Chairman, NIIT, India