Introduction

Trinidad and Tobago hosting CHOGM 2009

Welcome to the official website of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be hosted in the city of Port of Spain in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on November 27-29, 2009.

At their 2007 summit in Kampala, Uganda, Commonwealth Heads of Government reaffirmed their decision to meet in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009.

The CHOGM is the supreme body of the Commonwealth. It is convened every two years to review global, political and economic developments and to conduct a strategic overview of the Commonwealth’s work in support of the interests of member countries.

The objective of this Summit is to engage leaders of the Commonwealth in discussing global and Commonwealth issues and to agree upon collective policies and initiatives.

All nations, regardless of size, have an equal say and vote at this meeting. All CHOGM decisions and initiatives are reached only by consensus.

CHOGMs are distinct from other international meetings in that heads of government meet in an informal retreat setting.

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