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5th August 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

End of Mission

This will be my last blog entry from La Paz. I am about to complete my mission here after just under four most stimulating and fascinating years in Bolivia. From later this month, I shall be taking up my new post as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to The Holy See. My successor, Ross Denny, arrives in […]

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30th June 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Bribery and corruption

Bribery damages international trade and business, undermines societies, and blights economic development. Like fraud, it damages free enterprise and adds costs to business. It is estimated that corruption adds up to 10% to the total cost of doing business globally, and up to 25% of the cost of procurement contracts in developing countries. In other […]

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14th June 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Celebrating The Queen

This Thursday 16 June, the British Embassy in La Paz will hold its annual Queen’s Birthday Party to celebrate the ascension to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is an opportunity for the embassy to thank the many Bolivians, British, and people of other nationalities who help us in our work over […]

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13th April 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Bolivia supports an end to cluster munitions

This week I want to congratulate Bolivia. On 8 April, the Chamber of Deputies of the Plurinational Assembly voted by unanimity to support the proposed law to ratify the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Oslo Convention is the most significant arms control agreement of recent years. It came into force on 1 August 2010 […]

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9th March 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Guest blog: The challenges of making Bolivia a less patriarchal society

To commemorate the centenary on 8 March of International Womens Day, I am delighted to welcome to our site a guest blogger, Katia Uriona Gamarra* Bolivia is living a political process in which women from different organizations and movements have arisen as political actors, placing in the public debate agendas related to raising complaints and […]

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10th February 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Trade and Investment: the case for open markets

I wrote recently in the Bolivian newspaper La Razon about the importance of free trade and the Doha Round of trade negotiations. As Prime Minister David Cameron has said, 2011 is a “make or break” year: we go forward, boosting free trade and global prosperity, or backwards to the dark ages of protectionism and beggar-thy-neighbour. […]

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27th January 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

London 2012

It may seem only yesterday that the Beijing Olympic and Paraolympic Games ended, but we are now less than two years away from London 2012. The euphoria that followed the award of the Games to London was rapidly converted into the hard work of preparation, construction and planning, and the results can already be seen. […]

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27th January 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Relations between Bolivia and Britain

In my New Year blog I set out the wide range of areas in which this Embassy is active in promoting good relations between our two countries. The recent visit of Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca to London provided an opportunity to further strengthen that relationship. The principal themes of the meetings in London were two […]

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5th January 2011

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

An exciting start to the New Year

I think it is true to say that Bolivia has been one of the more exciting places to be over Christmas and New Year – and I am not talking about the fireworks! One of the things I have noticed during my three and a half years here, is the tendency of Bolivians to focus very […]

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23rd December 2010

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Review of the year

<![CDATA[ The end of the year is always a time for reflection. What did we do over the last year? What could we have done better? What will we try to achieve in the year ahead? 2010 has been another busy year for Bolivian-British relations. We have had a number of visits in both directions, […]

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