Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for April 24th, 2018

Tata Diplomat Awards 2018

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

Diplomat awards 2018Last night I was at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers in Knightsbridge for the annual Diplomat Awards, arranged by Diplomat magazine — for which I have sometimes written — and sponsored by the Tata group (among others). This is the opportunity London’s sizable diplomatic community has to recognise outstanding members within its own ranks. Laureates are chosen within geographical regions and last night’s winners were the Ambassadors or High Commissioners of Algeria, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Malawi and Papua New Guinea, with special awards for the wife of the Cypriot High Commissioner, a young diplomat award for the Press and Culture secretary of the Italian Embassy and an institutional award for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO — the only UN agency based in London). I became involved with the diplomatic community when I was the Honorary Consul of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the Court of St. James’s (1991-2000) and as a writer and broadcaster focusing mainly on the Middle East and North Africa I find diplomatic gatherings invaluable for picking up information and making contacts. Diplomats based in London are having a particularly busy time at present, trying to interpret Brexit and its likely consequences, though it is no secret that most believe Britain’s leaving the European Union is an act of folly.

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