Ramaphosa calls for Commonwealth to play active role in reforming international institutions

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Commonwealth should play an active role in reforming international institutions in order to support developing economies.

Ramaphosa was addressing lawmakers from both houses of the British Parliament.

He is on a two-day state visit hosted by King Charles. The visit marks King’s first state visit since his ascension to the British throne.

Ramaphosa says the UK can make a significant contribution.

“We look to the UK to raise its voice in favour of more representatives and more inclusive international bodies, including the UN Security Council and global financial institutions. These bodies need to be better equipped to respond to the needs of countries with developing economies. Our membership of the commonwealth provides us with a body that can play an important role in crafting relevant and innovative responses.”


President Ramaphosa’s full speech to UK lawmakers: