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T&T Foreign Affairs Minister is now the Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) is a group of nine Foreign Ministers that meets when necessary to examine serious and persistent threats to democracy in Commonwealth countries. CMAG was created at the 1995 Auckland Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), as the principal outcome of a Canadian initiative to give the Commonwealth a high-level inter-governmental mechanism to respond to serious violations of the “Harare Declaration” of 1991 which set out the Commonwealth’s commitment to CMAG is carried out confidentially, in keeping with the Commonwealth’s quiet diplomacy approach.
The CMAG membership is reconstituted every two years at the CHOGM. Canada rotated off of CMAG at the 2007 Kampala CHOGM after a four-year term, and was also a member from 1995 to 2002. Following the 2009 Port of Spain CHOGM, CMAG is currently comprised of Ministers from: Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Jamaica, Maldives, Namibia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Trinidad and Tobago.