I was delighted to announce recently the appointment of Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles as TCI’s new Attorney General. I have worked closely with her ever since arriving here, and I am in no doubt Rhondalee will make a splendid AG. She was appointed because we considered her the best person for the job, and she was the outstanding candidate in an international field of applicants. As the media have noted there were … Juggling the Legal Challenges, Securing TCI’s International Reputation
Over 100 children in their last two years at school had a Friday of a different sort in the Turks and Caicos Islands recently. Instead of the normal classroom routines they were invited to a 5 Star Resort on TCI’s Grace Bay for lunch, and an opportunity to hear Sanya Richards-Ross, one of the world’s best athletes, talk about motivation. This different sort of day was offered to the schools … Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders
Turks and Caicos Islands – a world away from Mumbai: a small population with a big Christian following.
I wrote blogs from Mumbai for over three years, and after four months in the Turks and Caicos Islands it is time to start here. I have a number of aims. First, and most importantly, I hope that they may be of interest to residents in these beautiful islands, as a modest illustration of the work that I and many others are doing. Second, and leading on from that, if … Turks and Caicos Islands – a world away from Mumbai: a small population with a big Christian following.
Some UK visitors to India, and British newspaper headlines, seem to consider that business here should be ours by “divine right”, as if it is Britain’s for the taking. We have, the argument goes, a special relationship with India – language, law, cricket, immigrants – which means that we must have an advantage on the commercial playing field. This line of thinking seemed especially prevalent after the French beat the UK –Euro-Fighter bid … Farewell to Mumbai (Part 2): Doing better than we think
The strongest impression on most overseas visitors to Mumbai are the contrasts: between the lavish apartment buildings and the slums around the airport, between the exotic stores selling $2000 saris and the street food vendors outside offering 10 rupee snacks, between the packed trains arriving in the mainline stations and the air-conditioned luxury cars cruising the streets. Everyone has their own examples. My own most recent was during a lunchtime stroll in … Farewell to Mumbai (Part 1): Millionaires moving forward
Some countries don’t share much of a sense of humour, but for whatever reasons that cannot be said of India and the UK. So when the British High Commissioner, James Bevan, referred to a line from “Yes Minister” in a speech he could be confident that his Indian, as well, as British audience would catch the joke. Sir James’s reference was to the frequently used reference by senior civil servant … Breaking into the India market – courageous decisions paying off
A number of the Tata Group’s top executives have said that you can’t understand their Group until you have visited Jamshedpur. I confess at first I had little idea where the place was, but after a warm invitation from Messrs Muthuraman and Nerurkar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director respectively of Tata Steel, I soon found out much more. The city - with a population of around 1 million or more it … The heart of India’s largest business – brimming with wide streets and parks
The Prime Minister’s visit to India in February set a number of firsts: the first by a British PM to Mumbai for 20 years, the first by a PM to Amritsar, and the first to India (or anywhere) to be joined by over 120 businesspeople. The size of the business group set us in Mumbai a huge range of challenges, and opportunities. The challenges were apparent from the moment the … Gas fields, gels and gin – mixing it with the PM’s visit
Visits by the Prime Minister don’t come round too often to most FCO Posts, unless you happen to be in Brussels or Washington. Although I have met some “ex-PMs” in recent postings in Manila and Sydney, it’s more years than I care to remember when I was last involved in a visit by a current Prime Minister. So the visit to Mumbai – and that too before Delhi – of … Mumbai: The PM has landed
The State of Gujarat, an hour’s flight north of Mumbai, can claim many important contributions to India. It was the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, another key leader of the independence movement and India’s first Home Minister, and Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the massive eponymous conglomerate, hails from Navsari in Gujarat. Gujarat is also a major contributor to the Indian economy. It has massive oil refineries in … Vibrant Gujarat – attracting business from India and beyond