First female British High Commissioner accredited

- talks up collaboration between Guyana and UK against climate change

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Continued collaboration between Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) against the climate change fight was at the forefront of talks on Tuesday when President Dr. Irfaan Ali accepted the letters of credence from the first woman British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller.

The ceremony took place at the Office of the President on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown.

In presenting her letters of credence, Miller extended greetings from Queen Elisabeth II to the people of Guyana. The High Commissioner noted that Guyana’s bond to the UK remains strong and pledged to continue along this path.

Miller indicated that the fight against climate change is of equal importance to the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson as it is to Guyana.

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller presents her letters of credence to President Dr Irfaan Ali (Photo: Office of the President/July 20, 2021)

In this regard, she expressed pleasure at President Ali’s expected attendance at the upcoming 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), and further, she praised Guyana’s commitment to the Leaders Pledge for Nature and the Global Ocean’s Alliance.

“Both of these are key milestones as we work together on sustainable options for a cleaner and safer environment for our children,” the High Commissioner noted.

With a background in development, Miller pledged to maintain the UK’s continued support to Guyana on several transformational projects, including the Linden to Mabura road. This, she noted is fundamental to both nations’ desire to expand their bilateral relationship and cooperation in all areas of mutual concern.

The High Commissioner was also in high praise of Guyana’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Jane Miller (Photo: Office of the President/July 20, 2021)

“I applaud you and your government for their work to roll out vaccines across the country. The UK Government continues to support countries across the world in fighting the global COVID 19 pandemic.”

Further, High Commissioner Miller also offered support as Guyana continues to make its mark as a novel oil-producing nation.

“I’m aware of a number of British businesses already working in Guyana, including the provision of the expertise in the oil and gas sector, health care pharmaceuticals, sustainable energy and wastewater management [so] the UK is here to support you,” she stated.

Meanwhile, in response, President Ali stated that Guyana hopes to advance cooperation in all areas but especially in addressing climate change.

“Indeed, this requires responsibility, principle, leadership and of all of this, we are committed,” the Head of State said.

Dr. Ali indicated that Guyana is taking meaningful action to contribute to global efforts to address the existing crisis. He mentioned that the government has advanced works to revitalize the Low Carbon Development Strategy as action in this area emphasises the needed protection of Guyana’s environment, biodiversity, and the promotion of renewable energy.

The Head of State also touched on the UK’s involvement in ensuring democracy reigned in Guyana during the 2020 elections impasse.

“The United Kingdom has been unwavering in its support for sustaining democratic rule in Guyana and maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the President remarked.

The new High Commissioner was a recipient of the order of the British Empire award. She replaces Greg Quinn who was transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

She worked previously as the Deputy Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Tanzania and held several other Team Leader positions in Tanzania and back home in London.

Her work has taken her to other countries including Nigeria, Zambia. She started her career in 1988 as a Dietitian and Food Scientist.

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