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Commonwealth Trade Bloc

Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Sun May 15, 2011 5:28 pm Post
Canada would like to join hands with the Members of the Commonwealth in establishing a Common Wealth Trading Bloc which would reduce barriers to international trade and capital within the Commonwealth. (Thus promoting integration and reviving growth.) We invite the Members of this Intergovernmental Organization to attend a Conference in Ottawa to discuss this matter and work toward a Multilateral Commonwealth Trade and Growth Bloc.
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Re: Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Sun May 15, 2011 7:41 pm Post
I'm sure we can discuss it here, this is what the commonwealth was set up for after all, to discuss issues.
Also, it may be a good idea to put this discussion on hold for now, the G20 has just started, it will confuse matters to have two major economic discussions going on at the same time.


Re: Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Sun May 15, 2011 11:46 pm Post
Representative from The Bahamas

First a military alliance, now a trade bloc? What will it take for certain nations to recognize that the Commonwealth is a cultural organization? Instead of attempting to make the Commonwealth into something it is not, can we actually use it for its intended purpose? We are not opposed to free trade discussions, but we will not discuss linking this separate matter with the Commonwealth.


Re: Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Mon May 16, 2011 12:58 am Post
We would like to see the Commonwealth as a more useful institution in global affairs. There is no reason this organization can’t be useful concerning matters of economic cooperation and integration. It is our cultural and historical ties that should make it that much easier for us to join hands behind closer relations.


Re: Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Mon May 16, 2011 1:15 am Post
We can, however, agree to table this discussion until the G-20 has been conducted. Nonetheless, we will continue debating this matter after the G-20.


Re: Commonwealth Trade Bloc


Sun May 29, 2011 2:32 pm Post
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Phandu Skelemani
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - Botswana

The government of Botswana supports this. The Canadian government can decide when to start these talks since there was a terrorist attack at the G20 in Mexico.
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