New Releases

Trade Hot Topics, no. 189

Assessing the Impact of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms in Commonwealth Developing Countries

Collin Zhuawu, Kartikeya Garg
8 November 2023
Trade Hot Topics, no. 190

Trade in Plastics and Plastics Substitute Materials in Commonwealth Countries

Collin Zhuawu, Salamat Ali, Kyle De Klerk
6 November 2023
Trade Hot Topics, no. 184

Realising the Trade Ambitions of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs: A Commonwealth Perspective

Salamat Ali, Neil Balchin, Kyle de Klerk, Brendan Vickers
28 February 2023


The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest political association of states. Membership today is based on free and equal voluntary co-operation, and currently comprises 56 independent countries

The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-two of its members are small states, many of them island nations. It is home to 2.5 billion citizens, more than 60 per cent of whom are under the age of 30. Member countries have no legal obligation one to another. Instead, they are united by language, history, culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Commonwealth’s guiding principles are set out in its Charter.

The Commonwealth is involved in diverse activities, from helping countries with trade negotiations to encouraging women’s leadership, building the small business sector, supporting youth participation at all levels of society, and providing experts to write laws. Find more information about The Commonwealth on our main website,