The British High Commission will reopen its doors in Nassau in August, Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells said yesterday.
“Since 1729, The Bahamas has always had a British High Commission in the country,” Wells said outside Cabinet.
“We all know that a few years ago the British packed up and left. We now know that by August they will return to the country.”
Wells, who was the acting minister of foreign affairs, represented The Bahamas at the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in London on July 10.
According to the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sarah Dickson has been appointed high commissioner to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“She will succeed the current, non-resident High Commissioner Mr. Asif Ahmad, CMG, who will remain high commissioner to Jamaica,” the office said in a press release.
Peter Young was the last British high commissioner to The Bahamas, having served from 1996 to 1999, when the high commission was transferred to Jamaica, where it has remained since.
“One of the wonderful things that I was privy to and was happy to see take place was the exuberance on the part of the British for coming back to The Bahamas as an official high commission,” Wells said.
“And we look forward to that so that Bahamians no longer need to go to Jamaica to be able to do any sort of business that is required with the UK.”
Dickson previously served as ambassador to Guatemala and non-resident ambassador to Honduras. Prior to that, she served as the British Embassy’s chief of staff in Madrid, Spain.