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Teamwork and friendship

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This is my first blog as the new head of the Migration Team in Kingston Jamaica. As I reflect on my time here so far, teamwork and friendship are the two words that best describe to me how the British High Commission and our partners across the Government of Jamaica and the NGOs come together to make a significant impact. We all work in our own teams, be it the Migration Team … Read more »Teamwork and friendship

My Chevening Experience : Glenn Edward McPhee

Chevening scholar Glen McPhee with the The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

My academic pursuit at the University of Buckingham was dominated by intellectually stimulating lectures and tutorials. The MA in Security and Intelligence Studies, offered a unique degree of practitioner-led expertise to relate academic and historical analyses of contemporary security and intelligence environments in Western democracies, with a focus on the United Kingdom. Read more »My Chevening Experience : Glenn Edward McPhee

Crash Course in Road Safety

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Forgive the pun but I learnt quite a lot about  the efforts to reduce the number and severity of road accidents recently. Senior Advisor to Road Safety Support, Adam Briggs, visited Jamaica from the UK and was pleased by the willingness and efforts by Jamaica to reduce road accidents and fatalities. During his visit, he met with the National Road Safety Council, the head of traffic in the Jamaican Constabulary … Read more »Crash Course in Road Safety

One year later …..My Jamaica

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As Jamaica celebrates her 52nd anniversary of independence on today , I would like to offer my congratulations, and say thanks for a remarkable and rewarding year working here so far. The UK/Jamaica relationship is a strong partnership. We cooperate in many areas . My continuing objective is to do more. I arrived just over a year ago – in time to take part in the 51st Independence celebrations. I have … Read more »One year later …..My Jamaica

“Go de R**s to sleep…” & other memories of Calabash

Calabash

I have been to literary festivals in the UK – usually in rain soaked parts of England.  This was my first time at Calabash.  Jamaica’s biannual literary event is more than a festival.  And also less.  It is two and a half days of readings, interviews and performances by Caribbean and non-Caribbean writers set against the backdrop of Treasure Beach, the waves lapping behind the speakers, and a not-so cool … Read more »“Go de R**s to sleep…” & other memories of Calabash

The Challenge of Change

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Change is rarely easy. It challenges our normal basic human preference for continuity, for things to ‘remain the same’, to be predictable, to be stable. The psychology of change has been studied extensively and it is acknowledged that when change is enforced (and not desired) it is usual for people to go through ‘stages’ ranging from shock to denial to anger and eventually acceptance. Migration from one country to another … Read more »The Challenge of Change

Strength in numbers…working with International Organizations

One of the first things you learn as a practitioner or student of International Politics, is about the role and function of International Organizations. For me, that was many moons ago, but those lessons are nonetheless still useful. In fact, when you consider how the forces of globalization have compressed the world into one massive economic and political web, International Organizations have remained remarkably steady, and are increasing in scope and numbers. … Read more »Strength in numbers…working with International Organizations

The message is still gender equality

Highlight from the International Women's Day 2014 Breakfast discussion in Jamaica

Today, gender equality is just as relevant as it was in 1910, when International Women’s Day was first celebrated. Despite legislative and social advancements in favor of women’s rights, women and girls in countries like Jamaica, continue to face discrimination,violence, and a lack of economic opportunity. For its part, Jamaica has enacted legislation, which coupled with certain cultural shifts, aim to protect and enforce the rights of women. Incidences of inequality … Read more »The message is still gender equality

The UK Bribery Act

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A key message that we have been working on is spreading the word that a clear nexus exists between strong institutions, an effective rule of law and transparency, on the one hand, and economic growth, on the other. Read more »The UK Bribery Act

What are Embassies for Anyway?

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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 … Read more »What are Embassies for Anyway?