In 2019 the Commonwealth celebrates the 70th anniversary of the signing of the London Declaration on 26 April 1949, which brought into being the modern Commonwealth and established a network of nations with shared values.
As a Commonwealth Accredited Organisation AIA welcomes the Commonwealth’s commitment to build upon their existing principles of promoting democracy and good governance, human rights and the rule of law, gender equality and sustainable economic and social development, which pave the way for a stronger connected Commonwealth.
With a diverse membership across Commonwealth countries AIA recognises the importance of interconnected nations and is committed to the furtherance of promoting financial education for all to drive economic and social development.
The Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda (CCA), a flagship programme for trade and investment, seeks to boost intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 trillion by 2030. AIA values the opportunity to work with Commonwealth nations and partners on a platform of driving action in key areas of business connectivity, regulatory oversight and international trade.
AIA chief executive, Philip Turnbull, said: “With an extensive network of financial professional operating in Commonwealth countries AIA has seen first-hand the vital work that the Commonwealth undertakes and extends its congratulations on the occasion of its 70th anniversary in 2019, and we look forward to contributing to the agenda at the upcoming Heads of Government Meeting in 2020.”
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland, said: “As rising generations respond afresh and build together in the renowned Commonwealth spirit of goodwill, we can be assured that through the next 70 years and beyond this great family will rise to even greater levels of mutual support, conscious as always that independence and interdependence go hand in hand for the people and nations of a connected Commonwealth.”