The leaders deliberated several issues affecting the grouping and one of the key agendas included the proposal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to make Prince Charles the next Head of Commonwealth which passed. Addressing the leaders, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, said Prince Charles has been one of the people who has at heart issues concerning the Commonwealth.
“Today we have agreed that the next Head of Commonwealth should be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness has been a proud supporter of the Commonwealth for more than four decades and has passionately spoken of the organization’s unique diversity and it is fitting that one day he will continue the work of his mother Her Majesty The Queen.”
The meeting also came up with a resolution that the 53 countries should work together in coming up with collaborative frameworks aimed at tightening up security against cyber criminals. This becomes one of the diverse inter-governmental commitments to tackle cyber crime. The UK government pledges up to fifteen million Pounds to Commonwealth countries to tackle cyber crime and fish out the criminals and hostile state actors.
The leaders also passed a blue charter aimed at protecting world oceans by cutting on usage of plastics. On global health the leaders agreed to intensify efforts to end Malaria by 2023.
“With over ninety percent of Commonwealth citizens living in Malaria affected countries, Commonwealth has a duty to lead international efforts in tackling this killer disease. Earlier this week I called on Commonwealth leaders to halve incidences of Malaria by 2023 and I’m pleased this has been passed today,” said May.
The grouping also agreed to boost trade within Commonwealth to a value of two trillion dollars by 2030. One of the bone of contentions is how small countries in Commonwealth can benefit from free trade protocols within the grouping. This they said it is an issue that can be sorted through mutual agreements within the grouping.
From London President Professor Mutharika is expected to fly to Scotland where he will fulfill a number of official engagements.