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CEF2012 Brochure

CEF2012 Brochure

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Supported By
 
Hon Julia Gillard MP,Prime Minister of Australia & Chair in Office of the Commonwealth
“The nations and peoples of the Commonwealth are enormously diverse, yet these values we share, our distinctive way of doing things and our distinctive set of concerns for the world’s people, unite us in a way that is truly wonderful ...Our friends in the Business Council call it the “Commonwealth factor”, the web of connections, friendships and valuesthat drive opportunity among the 54 nations of our fellowship.
HE Paul KagamePresident of the Republic of Rwanda
“I appreciate the unwavering support received from CBC during Rwanda's application to join the Commonwealth. Now that Rwanda is a formal member, we look forward to an even stronger partnership to promote business and investment not only in our country, but in Africa as a whole.” 
HE Yoweri MuseveniPresident of the Republic of Uganda
“Amongst the Commonwealth countries, there is significant untapped potential. With active involvement of the pri-vate sector in partnership with governments, this potential can be harnessed in a wide range of sectors...CBF providesan ideal platform to help achieve these goals in order to promote economic growth and sustainabledevelopment” 
HE Armando Guebuza,President of the Republic of Mozambique
“The Commonwealth Business Council is to be commended for their continued efforts on bridging the economic dividein the commonwealth and beyond, through the promotion of private investment and trade opportunities. “
HE Ernest Bai Koroma,President, Sierra Leone
“I am delighted to be invited to address the Commonwealth Business Council, this great body of people with thecommon heritage, and the common support for each other, it foresees our democratic credentials, illustrates and demonstrates our recent peaceful transfer of power from one president to another. “
HE Goodluck JonathanPresident of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“I would like to begin by thanking the Commonwealth Business Council for being true friends and partners to Nigeria inour quest for development.” 
Messages From Commonwealth Heads of Government
 
Forum Overview by Sir Alan CollinsDirector-General, Commonwealth Business Council
Against a background of continuing financial turmoil, increasing unemployment and growing inequalityit is understandable that many are questioning the equity and sustainability of our current capitalistsystem. These voices are not just the unemployed or disadvantaged, but also some of our biggestbusiness leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever who have called for amore responsible, inclusive and caring capitalism, which is driven by more than the bottom line.While the Commonwealth Business Council remains committed to private sector led development and‘making globalisation work for all’, for our second Commonwealth Economic Forum we have adoptedthe theme “shaping capitalism for global prosperity and sustainable growth”. The Forum will focus on highlighting the positiveimpact business has on society. It will address economic policy issues around free and fair trade, employment and skills, supportfor small and medium sized enterprises, food security and short term decision making. It will also focus on areas wherebusinesses can make a difference such as socially responsible investment, supply chain management, environmentalsustainability and frugal innovation for pro-poor growth. Above all it will consider how we can establish more effective publicprivate partnerships for the benefit of all.I believe that the Commonwealth, a diverse organisation of 54 countries, both developed and developing, spread over 6continents, can play an important role in defining a better capitalism and also ensuring that a new model is adopted as widely aspossible. Since our foundation in 1997, the Commonwealth Business Council has played an active role in improving corporategovernance standards in developing countries, establishing business led anti-corruption programmes and encouraging companiesto adopt meaningful CSR programmes in the countries in which they work.We are extremely grateful to the City of London for again allowing us to host the Forum at the magnificent Mansion House. Asthe symbolic heart of the world’s most important financial centre there could not be a more appropriate place to hold this Forum.Throughout its history the City of London has been one of the UK’s most important charitable and philanthropic institutions andin more recent times has been a leading global voice on issues relating to sustainable and socially responsible investment, asdemonstrated by the London Principles of Sustainable Finance.I look forward to meeting you at the Forum.
Message from Alderman David WoottonThe Rt Hon the Lord Mayor 
The City of London is delighted to co-host the Commonwealth Economic Forum with theCommonwealth Business Council at Mansion House. The Commonwealth, with its rich and muchvalued diversity, provides great opportunities for its nations to work together to meet their trade andinvestment potential. We in the United Kingdom, in particular, look to grow bilateral trade with ourCommonwealth partners and the new emerging economies.The City of London remains the world's pre-eminent financial centre and it continues to play a criticalrole as the financial hub for our Commonwealth partners. The City is also playing a leading role indeveloping socially responsible investment and in helping us to find the tools to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, suchas sustainability and green finance. I therefore welcome the Forum's focus on important issues such as supporting entrepreneursand enterprise, and how we can best support the vital SME sector. We can all learn a great deal from each other, so I welcome thisopportunity for Commonwealth nations to come together to find ways of creating prosperity for all.
 Welcome Messages

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