His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Julius Maada Bio is one of the 12 Heads of Government invited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England for lunch in Buckingham Palace on 19th April 2018.

President Bio will also have private audience with the Queen and other heads of government including the Prime Minister of United Kingdom Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP.

The Sierra Leonean president is among the 50 heads of government who have left their respective countries to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) holding in London and Windsor from 16th to 20th April 2018.

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. This Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) brings together leaders from all the member countries in London and Windsor.

They will come together to reaffirm our common values, address the shared global challenges we face and agree how to work to create a better future for all our citizens, particularly young people. The summit’s theme is: ‘Towards a Common Future’. It will aim to build links between countries to offer young people access to knowledge and skills; and give them a voice on key issues such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Across the Commonwealth, member states face common challenges and threats to our shared values of democracy, good governance and inclusivity as set out in the Commonwealth Charter. The Commonwealth’s various constituencies – the Commonwealth Secretariat, its members or its myriad of organisations and networks – mean it is uniquely placed to respond to these challenges.

At the summit, leaders will come together to focus on delivering a more sustainable future: the Commonwealth is well placed to take action, underlining our on-going commitment to tackling climate change, protecting the environment and increasing the resilience of our members; a fairer future: by upholding and promoting the principles of the Commonwealth Charter, we can ensure a fairer future for all members of the Commonwealth, and provide the essential basis for sustainable development; a more secure future: Commonwealth member states are ideally placed to partner, aid and learn from each other in tackling the threats of terrorism, serious organised crime, cyber crime, violent extremism and human trafficking and a more prosperous future: by working together, we can promote trade and investment as a means to drive economic growth, create jobs, and ensure the prosperity of our citizens.