Briefing by UK Ambassadors in Latin America attracts strong interest from MPs & Peers
On 17 September BGIPU in partnership with Canning House and the APPG for Latin America jointly hosted a virtual briefing with British Ambassadors to Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The event was chaired by Mark Menzies MP and was attended by MPs and Peers from the BGIPU Executive Committee and a range of Select Committees and APPGs.
The very well-attended event was briefed by HE Mark Kent, HM Ambassador to Argentina, Ms Liz Davidson, UK Chargé d’Affaires to Brazil, HE Jeff Glekin, HM Ambassador to Bolivia
HE Ian Duddy, HM Ambassador to Chile, HE Kate Harrisson, HM Ambassador to Peru and HE Ross Denny, HM Ambassador to Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Members warmly welcomed the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from Ambassadors on the political, economic, and social situation in their respective countries. As well as giving an update on domestic and regional dynamics, Ambassadors provided valuable insight into the effect COVID-19 has had on individual countries and outlined government responses to the pandemic.
Despite the existing challenges, the overarching message was positive, with Members hearing about current collaborative projects between the UK and its Latin American partners, and future opportunities for bilateral cooperation across the region.
Members echoed this positivity and talked of a continuing desire on the part of the UK parliamentarians to strengthen relations bilaterally between government, at the economic and trade level but also importantly at the inter-parliamentary level.