Peter Millett

Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

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2nd February 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Corruption versus Rule of Law

Image of Magna Carta

Libya is one of the ten most corrupt countries in the world. So said a report issued by Transparency International last week. So what? Who cares if the wealth of a country is siphoned off into private hands? The people should care. Corruption is the enemy of progress: it stifles development, marginalises prosperity, and undermines […]

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26th December 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Great Expectations

An orphan, Pip lives with a blacksmith in Victorian England. He dreams of becoming a gentleman. Through many ups and downs, he learns lessons about love and friendship, loyalty and injustice, disappointment and happiness. His experiences eventually make him a better and happier person. This is the theme of Great Expectations, one of the most […]

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24th November 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Education: Turning Mirrors into Windows

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”  Is this quotation relevant to today’s Libya? Definitely.  The Libyan economy is going down the drain.  Oil production and prices are down; the country is spending more than it earns; the black market exchange rate is going up; the cost of living for ordinary […]

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29th October 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Partnership is the Way

The people who work for us on Libya got together last month. British Embassy and British Council. Brits and Libyans.  The aim was to look at the partnership between different organisations and different people all working for the same goals. To help us work together as a team, we had some open exchanges. The most […]

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1st October 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

WHO CARES ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

Who am I?  I live in a country that sits on enormous wealth.  But this country turned in the worst economic performance in the world in 2014 and was 188th out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s Doing Business report. This is Libya.  A country with the largest oil reserves in Africa and a […]

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27th August 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

MYTHBUSTERS

People love conspiracies.  They are more fun than reality.  They spread like viruses because they feed popular perceptions.  For example: President Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii; the mafia killed JFK; ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they see danger; Ambassadors eat Ferrero Rocher.  All widely believed; none true. My experience of dealing with […]

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29th July 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

When Perfect is the Enemy of Good

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” said French writer Voltaire.  This saying is relevant to our personal lives and to our actions at work.  It is also true in politics.  And it springs to mind with the current situation in Libya. At a personal level, we would all like to strive […]

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30th June 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

For the Libyan People

I spent most of the first week in my new job as British Ambassador to Libya in Skhirat, Morocco. It was a good chance to meet and get to know the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue. Before arriving in Tunis I concentrated on trying to get an understanding of Libya. If you want to […]

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18th February 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Dear Jordan, Our love affair has lasted for four years. But I’m afraid it’s time to break up. I have to leave. It’s going to be hard to do. As Juliet said to Romeo: “parting is such sweet sorrow”. We will be really sad, but it’s time to move on. Of course I knew from […]

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7th February 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

The Jobs Challenge

In the charming Jordanian film Captain Abu Raed, a young boy from East Amman tells his friends that people like us don’t get good jobs. In the end, he becomes a commercial pilot with Royal Jordanian. The point is that getting a job shouldn’t depend on where you are from or what your connections are. […]

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About Peter Millett

Peter arrived in Tunis on 23 June 2015 to take up his post as
Ambassador to Libya.
Previously he was British Ambassador to Jordan from February 2011 to June 2015.
He was High Commissioner to Cyprus from 2005 – 2010.
He was Director of Security in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
from 2002-2005, dealing with all aspects of security for British
diplomatic missions overseas.
From 1997-2001 he served as Deputy Head of Mission in Athens.
From 1993-96 Mr Millett was Head of Personnel Policy in the FCO.
From 1989-93 he held the post of First Secretary (Energy) in the UK
Representative Office to the European Union in Brussels, representing
the UK on all energy and nuclear issues.
From 1981-1985 he served as Second Secretary (Political) in Doha.
Peter was born in 1955 in London.  He is married to June Millett and
has three daughters, born in 1984, 1987 and 1991.  
His interests include his family, tennis and travel.

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