Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela led events organised by the Ministry to celebrate Commonwealth Day. This day was marked throughout all the Commonwealth countries and this year’s theme was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’.

On Monday morning Minister Abela kicked off the Commonwealth Day activities by visiting the St Thomas More College Primary School in Marsaxlokk. The children, accompanied by their teachers, joined Minister Carmelo Abela in the fly a flag for the Commonwealth ceremony, which involved the raising of the Commonwealth Flag during which students read out the Queen’s message as well as the Commonwealth Affirmation. Minister Abela in his speech addressing the students during their school assembly, outlined the history of the Commonwealth and reminded all those present that this year marked the 70th anniversary since the establishment of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Through the Commonwealth, countries started to work together to improve the life of their citizens. They helped each other so that all children could have proper education, to increase trade amongst countries, and to increase cooperation so that everyone could have a clean environment.

A commemorative bookmark marking the occasion was also disseminated to all those present.

Later on, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, together with the resident High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Australia, Ghana and India, hosted the annual official reception to mark Commonwealth Day at Palazzo Parisio, Valletta.

Minister Abela addressed those present, outlining that, with a population of 2.4 billion citizens, sixty percent of which are young people under 30, we must continue to strive to invest in our societies and in the well-being of our younger generation through education and civic engagement.

He continued by saying that as a country we must also continue to invest in sustainable growth throughout the Commonwealth. We are doing this by subscribing to the Sustainable Development Goals across the Commonwealth, by encouraging the protection of our national environment, and by promoting trade and business connections, not least through the Commonwealth’s business fora.

The day’s celebrations were closed off with an address by Minister Abela to the House of Representatives at the evening session. In his address, Minister Abela outlined the continuous renewal of the Commonwealth through which it has developed into a global network which connects governments, institutions, universities, and peoples. Furthermore, Minister Abela also outlined Malta’s role within the framework of the Commonwealth through the Malta based Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence and the Commonwealth Small States Trade Finance Facility.

Source: Government of Malta