June 19, 2017

British Ambassador to the Philippines, Asif Ahmad appointed as CMG

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  • On June 16, Buckingham Palace announced the appointment of Asif Ahmad as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. This is one of highest forms of recognition by Her Majesty for service in foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

    The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George traces its history to 1818, with its motto – Auspicium Melioris Aevi (Token of a better age). The ranks of the Order are: Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander and Companion (CMG).

    Asif Ahmad CMG, has served as an Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau from July 2013. Prior to that, he was Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand and Laos. In August, 2017, he will take up his new 4 year assignment as High Commissioner to Jamaica.

    In response to the announcement, Asif Ahmad CMG said, “I am most grateful to Her Majesty the Queen for this honour for service. I owe this appointment to people who have nurtured and developed me over the years. As a member of the Diplomatic Service, my colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in my teams in Thailand and the Philippines have played a substantial part in working with me to deliver positive outcomes for the United Kingdom. In carrying out my duties, I have been encouraged and motivated by the impact we have on the lives of people, sometimes in very challenging circumstances”.

    During his term in the Philippines, Asif Ahmad CMG witnessed the delivery of UK assistance to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Two-way trade and investment has reached record highs, including being the second fastest growing global market for British exports in 2015. The British Embassy in Manila has doubled in size. The Embassy now hosts global and regional finance and personnel functions for the UK’s diplomatic missions as well as visa operations for 14 countries.

    This is a press release from the British Embassy.

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