Direct Global / Direct Co-ops Becomes Canadian Strategic Partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council


Toronto, Canada – Direct Global / Direct Co-ops is excited to have accepted the invitation to join the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) as a Strategic Partner, joining a prestigious group of global business leaders. Corporate Strategic Partners include Rolls Royce, Sandals Resorts, Standard Chartered, De La Rue, just to name a few. The group also includes Institutional Strategic Partners, such as The City of London Corporation, the Governments of Jersey, Cyprus and Gibraltar, among many others, and Government Strategic Partners, such as the governments of Malta, Sri Lanka and Cameroon. This partnership will give Direct Global / Direct Co-ops unfettered access and support in engaging the 53 Commonwealth countries, which represent over 2 Billion people, the majority being from the developing world.
“We are looking forward to fostering Commonwealth-Canada relations and working with all the SMEs in the member countries, bringing them together through The Direct Initiative”, said Ahmed Attia, President CEO of Direct Global / Direct Co-ops, “The future is bright”.
“We are delighted to welcome Direct Global / Direct Co-ops to our Commonwealth business network.” Said Alan Gemmell OBE Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
Direct Global / Direct Co-ops
Headquartered in Toronto, Direct Global / Direct Co-ops ( is an e-commerce company focused on developing and operating platforms that allow purchasers to leverage their collective purchasing power to reduce the cost of procuring raw materials, finished goods and services. The company’s proprietary web-based platform enables medium and large corporations to harness their collective purchasing power to reduce purchasing and shipping costs. The company’s subsidiary, Direct Co-ops, focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses.

Direct Co-ops has developed a web-based platform that works with local business associations and others to connect local small and medium enterprises and enable them to aggregate orders for goods and services from local and national manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. By consolidating shipping, the company helps participating businesses reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains. Direct Global / Direct Co-ops has been featured on Bloomberg-BNN, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider and received mention in “Everything for Everyone”, Nathan Schneider’s seminal text on the modern business cooperative movement.

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC)
CWEIC has a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Commonwealth Government to promote trade and investment across the 53-member nations of the Commonwealth. With over 70 corporate and institutional Strategic Partners and activity in many Commonwealth countries, we are the Commonwealth’s business network and the place for public-private engagement across the Commonwealth.  

CWEIC has growing network in 6 Commonwealth countries and is a UK-registered not-for-profit company chaired by Lord Marland of Odstock, Lord Marland was Trade Envoy for British Prime Minister David Cameron
CWEIC is responsible for the Commonwealth Business Forum, which takes place alongside the two-yearly meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government.