Mark Kent

Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

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5th February 2016

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

UK expats – join thousands of others registered to vote in the EU referendum

At the 2015 General Election there were more overseas voters registered than ever. Almost 106,000 overseas electors registered to vote – three times the numbers that were on the register ahead of the previous general election in 2010. While this is a real improvement, it is still a fraction of the 5.5 million UK citizens […]

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25th November 2015

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

The Road to a New Global Climate Deal

The next round of UN climate negotiations kick off in Paris on 30th November. And while these rounds happen annually, this year is particularly significant because the prize is a new global, legally-binding treaty on climate change. Whether that can be achieved, and how ambitious it is, matters to us all. What is it? The […]

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15th September 2015

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

International Day of Democracy

On 15 September each year the UN and its member countries observe the International Day of Democracy. Following last year’s military coup in Thailand the UK and other members of the international community, including the Secretary-General of the UN, called for the early restoration of democracy. That seems even further away now than it did […]

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12th March 2015

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

Annual Human Rights Report for 2014

Today the UK launches its Annual Human Rights Report for 2014, the purpose of which is to increase awareness of the UK’s role in promoting human rights worldwide, as well as to influence countries to take more concrete steps to meet their international human rights obligations. Why does the UK place such a high priority […]

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6th March 2015

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

British Ambassador’s speech on CoST

I am very pleased to see that Thailand is becoming a member of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST). In doing so, Thailand commits to implement CoST’s international standards by establishing a disclosure and assurance system to enhance transparency in public construction projects. Such a system will build trust in decision-making, help to ensure value […]

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24th December 2014

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

Remembering

At the end of the year, most of us take time to look back and remember. This brings a mix of thoughts and emotions. For me, it is particularly appropriate as we reach the end of 2014. This Friday 26th December I will be in Phang Nga Province to take part in the Remembrance Ceremony […]

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12th December 2014

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

Real rights for real people

This week I was in Khon Kaen, to attend the 7th Annual Isaan Human Rights Festival. The festival was jointly held at Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani Universities on 10 December, in recognition of “International Human Rights Day”, and was attended by a wide range of local community activists, as well as diplomatic colleagues from […]

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9th December 2014

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

The Costs of Corruption

9 December is World Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is a global problem – it hurts a country’s economic, political and social development; it adds unnecessary costs to doing business and it denies smaller, less well resourced companies the chance to compete fairly. It hurts individuals in their daily lives. Corruption impacts the most vulnerable groups in […]

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14th November 2014

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

Thailand’s Choice

Political turbulence in Thailand in the first half of 2014 took its toll on the economy. But in the immediate aftermath of the military coup on 22 May, I met many Thai and British business people who were optimistic that business confidence would quickly return to the Thai marketplace and that the economy would start […]

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10th October 2014

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Argentina

Media should be responsible as well as free

I  have on many occasions made the point that a free media is an important part of a functioning society – it can help free flow of information and ideas, to educate its audience, to hold those in power to account in areas such as exposing corruption scandals. But in each society there is a balance […]

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About Mark Kent

Mark Kent graduated in Law from the University of Oxford. He gained a Master’s degree in European Law and Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and has…

Mark Kent graduated in Law from the University of Oxford. He gained a
Master’s degree in European Law and Economics from the Université Libre
de Bruxelles in Belgium, and has a postgraduate qualification in
Business Administration from the Open University. He has studied Thai at
Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University and Chulalongkorn
University.

Mark Kent joined the FCO in 1987 and has spent most of his career
working with the emerging powers of South East Asia and Latin America,
and with the European Union. He is a Fellow of the Institute of
Leadership and Management and has language qualifications in Thai,
Vietnamese, Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese.

Mark Kent took up his appointment in August 2012.

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