I was very interested to see a letter last month in The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper with the above title, expressing confusion and scepticism as to the purpose of Embassies. Given that I work in one (a High Commission is just the name for an Embassy between Commonwealth Countries), this set me thinking. I love my job and feel hugely privileged to represent my country in Jamaica. But my colleagues and … What are Embassies for Anyway?
The best, and worst, part of my job is that I have to go to many conferences and seminars. When they are done well they are stimulating, generate solutions and you come away having met great people and with an inspired outlook. When they are done badly, I know many of you have experienced those and understand my frustration so I needn’t go any further. I recently had the pleasure … A Tale of Two Conferences
Last week we gave 7 laptop computers to a basic school in St Elizabeth. In furthering our public diplomacy objectives, our aim this time around was to engage with rural Jamaica but even more so to further impact the education sector beyond our Chevening scholarships. We decided to solicit the help of our Facebook users via a competition that would locate an early childhood institution in rural Jamaica in dire need of computers. About two months after we ended … It all started with a Facebook post…
When the English-speaking Caribbean countries attained independence in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s, their new sovereign Constitutions contained Bills of Rights which created a new and critical opportunity for attacking the death penalty. Each of these Constitutions now contained fundamental rights guarantees against cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment or treatment and in favour of fair trials. The Death Penalty in the English Speaking Caribbean: A Jamaican Perspective
The majority of my working day is spent designing, developing and managing projects, to support Jamaican nationals returned from the UK settle back into a productive and fulfilling life in Jamaica. Most of this is informed by listening to Jamaicans the majority of whom tell me they need practical support such as help in getting documentation, finding work and securing accommodation. Nearly all tell me that once home they want … DEPORTATION: STIGMA & SUPPORT
When you think of SPORTS , what often comes to mind is a favorite team, players or a game. Not uncommon, would be thoughts of physical activity and possibly leisure time. However, sports has far outgrown such limiting boundaries, and is now widely accepted as possibly one of the strongest agents of community development COMMUNITY OUTREACH THROUGH SPORTS
I was struck by these words in the Independence Day message of the Governor General of Jamaica , Sir Patrick Allen. I had the honour of calling on Sir Patrick a few days later and asked him about this. He told me about the many examples of untapped excellence, skill, enthusiasm and goodwill which he has experienced when travelling around the country. There are law abiding Jamaican citizens who want … “There is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica.”
Jamaica, though having some bright moments, has been dogged by slow economic development for as long as I can remember. Jamaica’s potential for greatness still exists as the country is characterized as having big dreamers, an entrepreneurial spirit, having tremendous cultural influence and an abundance of natural resources. One of those big dreams is manifesting in the plans for the development of a logistics hub to take advantage of … No Small Plan – Can a global logistics hub transform Jamaica ?
Britain and Jamaica are long time friends, who partner on very visible technical and operational matters. But should you ask a random Jamaican about the function of the British High Commission in Kingston; the response will undoubtedly be something to do with visas. It has not gone unnoticed that since inception in 2003, visas to the UK remain a very unwelcome fact of life for some, if not most Jamaicans. … About those Visas …
I’m very lucky to be High Commissioner in Jamaica – that’s my over-riding first impression. When I think of the many other places I could have been posted to, this one is hard to beat. I arrived five weeks ago, so “first” impressions are no longer quite correct. I’ve had a bit of time to meet a lot of people, try a lot of food, listen to a lot of … Jamaica: First impressions