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Westminster Launch Reception
Centre for Commonwealth Affairs Launch Reception, April 17th 2023

The Centre for Commonwealth Affairs was delighted to welcome senior figures from the UK Parliament, London's diplomatic community, and the Commonwealth advocacy network for its inaugural reception. Attendees included:

  • H.E. Saroja Sirisena, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK

  • H.E. Nimisha Madhvani, Ugandan High Commissioner to the UK

  • H.E. Linda Scott, Namibian High Commissioner to the UK

  • H.E. Godfrey Engliton, Charges d'Affaires, Botswana High Commission in London

  • Joseph Kabakeza, First Counsellor, Rwanda High Commission in London

  • Lord Popat, Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Uganda and Rwanda

  • Baron Naseby of Sandy

  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

  • Baroness Mobarik of Mearns

  • Lord Hannan of Kingsclere

  • Lord Davies of Gower

  • Hon. Afzal Khan, MP

  • Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP

  • Rosie Glazebrook, CEO of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

  • Abimbola Okoya, President of the Nigeria-Britain Society

Guests were treated to a round of introductory speeches from Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell, the UK's Minister for International Development, and Lord Howell of Guildford, the Centre's Honorary President, as well as a short set of remarks from the Centre's Director, Sam Bidwell.

The reception received significant press attention in Nigeria, where it was featured in This Day, Business Day, Punch (all below), and

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Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell addresses guests on the importance of the Commonwealth

The calm before the storm...

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