The Commonwealth – Crossing continents and many Countries. (photo of the video screen on an aeroplane seat!)
Here are a few of the events happening around the area, and in Geneva over the next couple of weeks. The first is another meet up of Male Trailing Spouses at Les Brasseurs pub in Nyon TONIGHT 10th May at 20:00. Just turn up or email cnp at bluewin.ch for more info. See previous post here about these events.
Don’t forget that “The Producers”, the Mel Brooks Musical, begins its run this week at the Nyon Marens Theatre in Nyon! See previous post for more info.
Talk by Commonwealth Secretary General
On Monday 16th May the guest speaker at the BSCC (British Swiss Chamber of Commerce)will be Kamalesh Sharma the Commonwealth Secretary General – He will address the topic “Future Directions of the Commonwealth”. This will be at Le Richemond Hotel in Geneva 11:45 Aperitif 12:15 Luncheon. Registration by Thursday 13th May 2011. For more info see the BSCC website.
Here is some background information on the Commonwealth provided by the BSCC.
“The world’s largest and smallest, richest and poorest countries make up the Commonwealth and are home to two billion citizens of all faiths and ethnicities. Member countries span six continents and oceans. Its nearly 2 billion citizens account for about 30 per cent of the world’s population and 25 per cent of international trade and investment. It is bound together by a shared history and by the English language, the world’s lingua franca. Here in Geneva, Commonwealth countries account for 40 per cent of WTO membership. Membership continues to grow. The most recent members are Rwanda, admitted at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and Cameroon and Mozambique, the first countries to join with no historical or administrative association with another Commonwealth country. Beyond the ties of history, language and institutions, it is the association’s values which unite its members: democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all.
Kamalesh Sharma, an Indian diplomat, became Commonwealth Secretary-General on 1 April 2008. Previously, he served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom”.
Want to know more ? See a video about the Commonwealth here.
Welcome Day for Newcomers to this region
Another event that may interest readers to be held on May 20th and organised by International Link is a “Welcome Day”. The goal of the Welcome Day is to familiarise newcomers with this region and give them a first official introduction to their new environment.
Various aspects, politics, economy, culture and tourism in Vaud and Switzerland will be presented in the hope of helping them answer the question – how to deal with everything here? It is an informal, friendly event at which people from different companies and cultures can interact and discover the best way to truly feel at home here. They will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns them and receive useful documentation. We will also present the advantages offered to expats through International Link, such as specific integration and career workshops. We will conclude by enjoying a buffet lunch together to taste Vaud seasonal specialties.
Foreign individuals can attend the Welcome Day. To register, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your contact details. The fee for foreign individuals or participants from non-member companies is 200 CHF.
WELCOME DAY PROGRAMME:
8h45-9h05 “Putting Switzerland on the map” presentation by Red Cut
9h05-9h40 Interactive Game
9h40-10h00 Presentation by the Lake Geneva Region Tourism Office
10h00-10h15 How to buy a House in Switzerland? presentation by Credit Suisse
10h15-11h00 Coffee Break and networking game
11h00-11h45 Living in Switzerland: Tips, Politics, Economy
11h45-12h00 International Link: What it is and how to use it
12h00-12h15 Questions & Answers
12h15-13h45 Buffet Lunch
The event is free of charge if the company is a member of International Link or in the process of becoming one. Venue CVCI, Avenue d’Ouchy 47, Lausanne (Metro M2: stop at Jordils)
On the 13th May 09:00 – 21:00 there will be a Brocante sale over in Gex at L’Ancienne Ferme Brocante and
Saturday 14th May 09:00 to 15:00. Address 485 rue de l’Etraz, 01170 Gex, France.
Bring a friend or partner to help select from an unusual range of antique and brocante items; painted furniture from the Paintsmith and Phoenix greetings cards. Leave the children to play in the garden and make time for coffee and cake. For further information contact Sian Sibley on 00 33 4 50 41 92 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Park on the road and walk up the drive.