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ABE Announces sponsorship of the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

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On 9th March 2020, Commonwealth Day in the UK, ABE announced that it will be an official sponsor of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and Commonwealth Business Forum taking place in Kigali, Rwanda in June.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is a biennial summit meeting of leaders from all Commonwealth nations. In 2020, Rwanda will host the summit taking over the Chair from the UK which hosted the 2018 CHOGM in London.

The first CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore and there have been 25 held in total. CHOGM is a major global event which orchestrates common policies on numerous issues and current events, with a special focus on issues affecting member nations. Leaders from all 54 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend.

The theme of the June 2020 meeting will be ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, Digital and Innovation, Youth, Environment, and Trade.

Building on progress since CHOGM 2018 in London, leaders are expected to discuss ways in which the contemporary Commonwealth can transform societies, in accordance with the Commonwealth Charter values of democracy, multilateralism, sustainable development, and empowerment of women and youth.

The Commonwealth Business Forum held at CHOGM has grown into a major international event in its own right, drawing together business and government leaders from all Commonwealth countries for a dialogue on practical ways to enhance trade and investment. It facilitates direct business linkages and investment promotion activities. The Forum is structured around plenary sessions and interactive workshops over three days. It is a platform for B2G and B2B discussion at the very highest levels, addressing key themes that affect the diverse Commonwealth member nations.

ABE will be presenting at the forum and plans to reveal fresh insights for policymakers on building entrepreneurial capacity and educating future business founders.

Rob May, CEO of ABE said:  “We’re proud and honoured to be involved in this prestigious event and are very excited to be sharing our ideas and research on enterprise education with Heads of Government, senior ministers, captains of industry and board level business leaders from around the Commonwealth and beyond.

With global trends rapidly reshaping the future of work and commerce, it’s important to recalibrate young people’s employment expectations and equip them with the essential skills to participate in the Industry 4.0 story. Technological innovation is also driving and exposing a widening skills gap, so we are focusing on how governments and organisations can respond.”

The CHOGM Business Forum takes place on 22nd-24th June. It will be the first held in Africa since 2007 in Kampala, and the first to be hosted by Rwanda which joined the Commonwealth in November 2009. Around 1,500 delegates are expected to travel to Kigali for the Business Forum alone.

Oliver Everett, Chair of the Commonwealth Business Forum Task Force said:  “ABE will be a significant partner for the Forum. Entrepreneurial activity is critical for economic and individual growth, both major parts of what the Forum seeks to achieve. ABE’s work and research leading up to the Forum will add greatly to the discussion, with an emphasis on encouraging entrepreneurial intention being of particular interest to many Commonwealth members.”