UK implements £500m projects for C’wealth citizens

Diplomatic Correspondent

11 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The UK has implemented more than 40 projects worth £500 million for the citizens of Commonwealth’s 53 fellow member states to fight Covid-19, improve cyber security, encourage trade and tackle climate change.

From providing antibiotics for more than nine million people to prevent blinding trachoma to building a Clean Ocean Alliance of 34 countries, the projects have been implemented during the United Kingdom’s leadership of the Commonwealth, a new report shows.

The UK’s Chair-in-Office report details the projects and achievements of the organisation since the UK became Chair at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in 2018, said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday.

“I am proud that as Chair-in-Office, the UK has been at the forefront of the Commonwealth’s efforts to deliver for all members,” said UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Secretary Dominic Raab adding “Together we have been united in our response to Covid-19, whilst also improving cyber security, encouraging trade and tackling climate change.”

The projects implemented during the UK’s term include creation of a new women’s mediators network, supporting the repealing and reforming of outdated legislation that discriminates against women, girls and LGBT communities in six Commonwealth countries.

Connecting 3,000 female entrepreneurs to global markets through SheTrades Commonwealth; providing antibiotics to more than nine million people to prevent blinding trachoma in countries such as Nigeria, Tanzania, and Vanuatu, building the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, in which 34 countries across six continents have united to tackle marine pollution, strengthening cyber security in every Commonwealth nation through the sharing of expertise and threat intelligence.

It further includes championing 12 years of quality education for girls across 11 member states, including Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The UK will hand over the Chair-in-Office role to Rwanda at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM), due to be held in 2021.

The summit, which was previously scheduled to be held in Kigali in June 2020, was postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


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