UK expanding regional presence: High Commissioner
The United Kingdom (UK) is expanding its presence in the Eastern Caribbean.
Word of this comes from British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Her Excellency Janet Douglas.
In addition to British High Commission Offices in Barbados and St. Lucia, soon to be reopened are High Commission Offices in Antigua and Barbuda; St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.
“When those three offices are up and running, which they will be very soon, as we have resident commissioners already in the islands, then the UK will have the largest diplomatic network in any country in the Caribbean,” she pointed out.
“So, I am very pleased and proud about that because it is a sign that we are re-engaging with the Caribbean. And there is a very longstanding relationship as you all know between the UK and the Caribbean – we have a great relationship, but we are also very supportive of Caribbean countries in all aspects of what they are trying to do to build their societies and develop.”
High Commissioner Douglas made the announcement at Accra Beach Hotel & Spa earlier this week, while opening the high-level conference for Child Protection Officers and Probation Officers from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, under the theme: “Building Bridges through Outreach & Training: Enhancing the professional knowledge and skills of child protection officers aimed at improving a coordinated approach to child safeguarding”.