Commonwealth Day is celebrated this year on 10 March and marks the launch of this year’s theme of ‘Team Commonwealth’.
The Commonwealth Games will be the UK’s first major sporting event since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will draw in around 6,500 athletes and officials, competing in 17 sports across 40 venues. Sport has a unique power to promote the values we cherish: teamwork, fairness, respect and a sense of achievement – as well as good natured rivalry and competition.
Studies have suggested that the Commonwealth’s shared history, values, language and similar legal systems equate to a ‘Commonwealth effect’. This could be worth a twenty percent reduction in the cost of doing business between Commonwealth neighbours.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire will answer your questions on the Commonwealth live via Twitter on Thursday 6 March from 9.30 am to 10.15 am. You can submit a question using the hashtag #askFCO and you can follow the Minister on Twitter@HugoSwire.
Earlier this month, following his recent visit to Burma, the minister did a similar Twitter Q&A.