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1962 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference

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12th Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference
Host country United Kingdom
Dates10–19 September 1962
ChairHarold Macmillan
(Prime Minister)
Key points
British negotiations to enter EEC and impact on Commonwealth trade,

The 1962 Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference[1] was the 12th Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in the United Kingdom in September 1962,[2] and was hosted by that country's Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.

This meeting saw the expansion of the Commonwealth to include several newly sovereign countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

The main topic of discussion was the British governments negotiations to join the European Economic Community and concerns by Commonwealth nations of the impact of such a move on trade between Britain and the Commonwealth.


Nation Name Portfolio
 United Kingdom Harold Macmillan Prime Minister (Chairman)
 Australia Robert Menzies Prime Minister
 Canada John Diefenbaker Prime Minister
 Ceylon S.P.C. Fernando Justice Minister
 Cyprus Archbishop Makarios III President
 Ghana F.K.D. Goka Finance Minister
 India Jawaharlal Nehru Prime Minister
 Jamaica Sir Alexander Bustamante Prime Minister
 Malaya Abdul Razak Hussein Deputy Prime Minister
 New Zealand Keith Holyoake Prime Minister
 Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Prime Minister
 Pakistan Ayub Khan President
 Rhodesia and Nyasaland Sir Roy Welensky Prime Minister
 Sierra Leone Sir Milton Margai Prime Minister
 Tanganyika Rashidi Kawawa Prime Minister
 Trinidad and Tobago Eric Williams Prime Minister


  1. ^ "1962 Commonwealth Conference". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  2. ^ "1962 Commonwealth Group". Getty Images. 10 April 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
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