Nikesh Mehta » Counsellor for Foreign Policy and Security

Digital Diplomacy: From Ferrero Rocher To Tweeting

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I’m delighted that Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner (Designate) to Malaysia has allowed me to print in full a speech that she delivered to the press corps on 12 November 2014. The speech looks at the challenges faced by diplomats and journalists of remaining relevant in the digital age and the fantastic opportunities presented by social media. As she points out, through social media, we can show the public that … Read more »Digital Diplomacy: From Ferrero Rocher To Tweeting

Reflecting Modern Britain

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I think it’s fair to say that historically, the Foreign Office has struggled to recruit staff from diverse backgrounds and has suffered from a perception of being elitist and detached. In fact, I remember the reaction of some members of my extended family when I told them in 2002 that I would be joining the Diplomatic Service. Some questioned my loyalties in going to work for our former ‘colonial masters’ … Read more »Reflecting Modern Britain

Farewell From The Featherstones

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I’m very pleased that Simon Featherstone, the British High Commissioner, has agreed to write a guest blog for me on his three and a half years in Malaysia. Both Simon and Gail will be sorely missed by everyone in the High Commission and we wish them well on their return to the UK. As any diplomat will tell you, the last few weeks of a posting are very hectic. You … Read more »Farewell From The Featherstones

Civil Servants Visit: Familiarisation, Foreign Policy and Fish and Chips!

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Last month, in partnership with the Razak School of Government (RSOG), we sent five of Malaysia’s ‘rising talents’ within its civil service to London for a week-long familiarisation trip. The delegates came from a range of Malaysian government departments: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, the Public Service Department and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). … Read more »Civil Servants Visit: Familiarisation, Foreign Policy and Fish and Chips!

A Year That Did Justice To The Bilateral Relationship

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2012 was by any measure an extraordinary year with historic visits by the British Prime Minister and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I asked in my end of year blog whether we could maintain the same level of ambition in 2013. Looking back on this year, I can emphatically say that we have! Over the course of 2013, our bilateral relationship has continued to grow across virtually all sectors. … Read more »A Year That Did Justice To The Bilateral Relationship

Fashion, Food and Famous Celebrities: Get Ready for KL’s First GREAT Week!

Fashion is GREAT featuring Zandra Rhodes

I’m delighted that Alison Collingridge, our Prosperity Promotion Manager, has agreed to write a guest blog on the amazing events taking place in KL next week. Alison has worked tirelessly for over a year to bring the very best of British to Malaysia – the new London Routemaster bus, specially commissioned Minis, one of our top fashion designers and a world-renowned British chef. I can’t wait for the week to … Read more »Fashion, Food and Famous Celebrities: Get Ready for KL’s First GREAT Week!

Breaking Barriers With The Commonwealth Games Baton

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One of my favourite things about being a diplomat is having the opportunity to represent the UK at fun and unusual events. This past weekend was a good example: I attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Youth Para Games; helped to launch UNICEF’s ‘Disable to Enable’ campaign in Malaysia; and got to hold the Commonwealth Games 2014 Queen’s Baton! The Queen’s Baton Relay Team arrived in Malaysia on Saturday … Read more »Breaking Barriers With The Commonwealth Games Baton

Moving Up In The World!

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What has three miles of telephone and IT cabling, a floor size of 13,000sqft, and 40% of its wall space covered in coloured, writable glass? Need another clue? It’s also the greenest building in Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District. It’s the new British High Commission which opens its doors on 1 October! In just three weeks’ time, the British High Commission will move from its present location on Jalan Ampang … Read more »Moving Up In The World!

“From Colony to Corner-Stone Investor”

The Prime Minister looking out over Battersea Power Station

I’m delighted that Simon Featherstone, the British High Commissioner, has agreed to write a guest blog on Prime Minister Najib’s groundbreaking(!) visit to the UK. It’s not often that you get a behind-the-scenes look at an occasion of this magnitude so please enjoy and feel free to post your thoughts or comments below. The work of a High Commissioner to promote the bilateral relationship is often unseen and incremental. But … Read more »“From Colony to Corner-Stone Investor”

What Defines Our Relationship?

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I am often asked what best defines the UK-Malaysia bilateral relationship? Is it the closeness of our business ties? Or could it be our shared history? Or is the strength of our education links? Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire’s visit to Malaysia this week suggests it’s all of these areas and many more. In the space of 24 hours, Minister Swire attended 11 events, met four senior Malaysian ministers, spoke to the … Read more »What Defines Our Relationship?