The Forum is the major business event in the Commonwealth calendar, bringing together Heads of Government, Ministers and top business leaders from around the world. More than a thousand delegates attend.
CBF 2015 is being co-organised by the Commonwealth Economic and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the Government of Malta and is designed to provide a space for high level dialogue between business and Government leaders from the Commonwealth and beyond. An important aim is to develop stronger partnerships between Governments and business to ensure that the Commonwealth plays its part in promoting sustainable growth across the world.
The CBF also serves as a platform for Commonwealth nations to showcase investment opportunities to the global business community. The Forum provides an opportunity to influence the debate on global trade and investment issues.
Reflecting the overarching CHOGM theme of “The Commonwealth - Adding Global Value”, the Business Forum will reassess how the Commonwealth can provide practical and tangible support to help Governments and the private sector work together to create prosperity and sustainable economic development across all member countries.
Commonwealth Business Forum delegates are recommended to stay at the Hilton Hotel, the conference venue. This 5-star hotel, winner of various travel awards, is located in the heart of Portomaso waterfront, St. Julians, featuring panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea from most of its rooms and suites available. Its central location is perfect for entertainment and dining experiences.
The Forum will highlight the role the private sector can play in helping to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals within the post 2015 development framework. In addition to the overarching themes of trade, investment, entrepreneurship and employment, sustainability is one of seven priority areas of focus identified for the Forum including financial services, infrastructure, technology, health care, tourism and the maritime industry. As well as providing a platform for high level dialogue on these key issues, it is expected that business will be transacted and new commercial opportunities identified during the Forum – thereby making the objective of “a More Prosperous Commonwealth” a reality.
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