Official Maritime Connects Initiative Launch


New trade platform launches to promote trade between the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth

  • Maritime Connects Initiative unveiled by AMPP Group in partnership with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
  • Initiative designed to boost trade, investment and economic growth throughout the 52 Commonwealth countries
  • New digital platform will “unlock a new frontier of trade opportunities”

A new business and trade platform designed to increase trade between the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth will launch formally in London next week – 22nd February, 2017.

The Maritime Connects Initiative is a new initiative developed by AMPP Group in partnership with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. It has been designed to bring companies from across the Commonwealth together on a members-only digital platform to form new business relationships and showcase their products and services across a global market.

The initiative has been established to help drive economic growth in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth’s 52 member countries, representing 1/3 of the world’s population and combined GDP of $10.4 trillion.

The interactive business platform will boost business-to-business trade between the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth by enabling companies to identify and network with potential new customers, suppliers and partners across key global industry sectors, including professional and financial services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

Members can take advantage of sophisticated business matching technology, which will automatically provide them with targeted business leads based on their user profile information. Member companies will be free to begin using the platform once it officially goes live on the 23rd February, 2017.

A number of companies from across the Commonwealth and beyond, including Barclays Bank, UPS, and Tata Communications have already joined the initiative as Commercial Partners.

The initiative will be launched formally on the 22nd February, 2017 at a Reception at the House of Commons.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Pierre Proner, Chief Executive at AMPP Group, said:

“The Commonwealth presents unique opportunities to UK exporters seeking to grow their businesses internationally. The Maritime Connects initiative leverages the latest technology to rapidly accelerate the growth of UK exports and investment across 52 Commonwealth markets.

With the aim of driving economic growth, job creation and prosperity, the initiative is centred around, AMPP’s sophisticated business matching algorithm which will allow organisations to tap into targeted business leads, industry insight and emerging and current business opportunities.”



The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) was established in July 2014 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The CWEIC is a not-for-profit membership company with a mandate to facilitate increased trade and investment across the Commonwealth.


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