Who we are

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council is the Commonwealth’s accredited business network.

CWEIC is a commercial, not-for-profit membership organisation with an official mandate from the Commonwealth Heads of Government to facilitate trade and investment throughout the 54 Commonwealth member nations. The role of CWEIC is to use the convening power and trusted network of the Commonwealth, which is led by Her Majesty The Queen, to drive trade and investment.

CWEIC’s network includes around 100 business and government Strategic Partners (members) including Standard Chartered, Zenith Bank, Trade & Investment Queensland and the Government of the Maldives from 30 countries and territories. Every two years, CWEIC hosts the Commonwealth Business Forum in association with the host country of The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

We are a membership organisation which offers our Strategic Partners (members) the following:

Connecting Commonwealth Business

Through our extensive and trusted network of contacts and relationships at the highest levels of Commonwealth Governments, business, multi-lateral institutions, and academia, CWEIC is able to link members with the right decision makers.

Creating Opportunities

CWEIC facilitates and hosts targeted trade missions, business forums and networking events, thought leadership webinars, bespoke investment programmes and strategic introductions to support members in their bids to win new business.

Catalysing Change

Ethical and sustainable investing are important drivers for CWEIC. We work to develop financial instruments such as Green Bonds, as well as offering partnerships with global institutions, universities, charities and NGOs with shared values and aspirations.

Global Opportunities, The “Commonwealth Advantage”

The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF)

CBF is organised every two years alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. CWEIC brings together the Commonwealth’s most senior business leaders alongside Heads of Government and Ministers for three days of discussions, networking and deal-making.

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The Commonwealth Games Business Forum (CGBF)

Every four years alongside the Commonwealth Games, CWEIC hosts the Commonwealth Games Business Forum, with the next one due to be held in Birmingham 2022.

CGBF celebrates the spectacle of the Commonwealth Games, utilising its convening power to bring together Commonwealth Leaders for a high profile economic and business summit ahead of the official opening of the Games.

CGBF 2022 – Birmingham, United Kingdom

CGBF will be held alongside the Birmingham Games in 2022, attracting delegations, businesses and Commonwealth leaders from across the globe.

Taking advantage of the media spotlight the Commonwealth Games attract, the CGBF 2022 will be an opportunity for Strategic Partners to profile their organisations to a global audience.

Visits, Delegations and EngagementsSupporting our tentpole events at CHOGM and the Commonwealth Games, CWEIC also: