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Jamaica's new high commissioner gets official welcome

High Commissioner Mr Seth George Ramacon (second right) is joined by the Mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser (right), Dr Lola Ramacon, Mr Fraser the mayor’s consort and Deputy High Commissioner Mrs Angela Rose Howell (left) at the welcome reception.

JAMAICA’S NEWLY appointed High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Seth George Ramocan and his wife Dr Lola Ramocan, were officially welcomed as Jamaica’s first citizens at a special reception with the diaspora community and businesses leaders at the High Commission in London on Thursday, January 26.

The reception drew about 150 invited guests from a wide cross section of the community from London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds to welcome the High Commissioner who arrived in the UK to take up his new post last December.

Deputy High Commissioner Mrs Angela Rose Howell opened the proceedings by giving a biographical summary of Mr Ramocan achievements in public office, noting that he previously served as Jamaica’s Consul General in Toronto, Canada from 2009 to 2014.

In describing Mr Ramocan’s importance to the Mission, Mrs Rose Howell mentioned that he will also be Jamaica’s ambassador to six other European countries including, Ireland, Finland, Cyprus, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. She also noted that on his first day in office “he came straight from the airport to the Mission and actually spent the day meeting all the staff.”

Mr Ramocan began his response by praising the work of previous High Commissioners “each of whom has done an awesome job in their own right in promoting the work of the Mission on behalf of Jamaica. I am here to build on that work which has been done by my predecessors and it’s my duty to continue that tradition.”

Torrance Lewis (left), District Sales Manager Jamaica Tourist Board, is joined by Nyree Chambers, Marketing Manager Grace Foods UK, and Leighton Smith, Chief Representative Officer Victoria Mutual Finance Ltd at the Jamaica High Commission welcome reception.

He praised the UK Jamaican community for distinguishing themselves in their various fields of occupation and endeavours, attaining some of the highest positions in the area of business, public and private sectors, government and the clergy.

“This is quite a credit to you, Jamaica and the UK. But In pursuit of your advancement, you have not left Jamaica behind and along the way you have found the time to give of your skills and time to build the UK Jamaican community and also give support to Jamaica,” he said.

Mr Ramocan also said that as High Commissioner, he wants to engage and strengthen relationship with the Jamaican diaspora: “But this is a two way relationship and the government of Jamaica wants to highlight public awareness in the UK of the high levels of achievement of the Jamaican UK community and its contribution to the British society. We don’t want to be defined by the things which the news media prefer to focus on but rather the greatness that exist within our community.”

Former The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell (right) and Dr Nelda Elizabeth Frater share a light moment.

In noting that 2017 will be a special year for Jamaica, Mr Ramocan said there will be many activities planned to mark Jamaica’s 55th Independence anniversary which also coincides with the World Athletics Championship being held in London in August where Jamaican sprint king, Usain Bolt, will once again be the star attraction.

Mr Ramacon said he would like these celebratory events to be an important opportunity to leave a legacy of Jamaica’s achievements for the younger generation. “I will be communicating the plans we have in mind at the High Commission for a year-long celebration of Jamaica’s 55th Independence anniversary on the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’,” he said.

Newly crowned Miss Jamaica UK, Danicka Reid (centre) is greeted by Pastor Lorraine Jones (left) and Mrs Marcia Enin at the High Commissioner’s reception.

The High Commissioner emphasised that it was his intention to dedicate the 55th anniversary celebrations to the second, third and fourth generation of Jamaicans as they are the imminent successors to carry Jamaica’s name forward

Mischa Mills (left), Paulette Simpson, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy manager Jamaica National UK and Leon Hamilton, Chief Representative Officer, Jamaica National UK enjoy the welcome reception.

“We cannot wait until the first generation is not able to pass on the baton of leadership for us to begin a succession, so we must intentionally encourage and manage the transition to ensure that the legacy which you have built will continue,” Mr Ramacon concluded.

After the formalities, Mr Ramacon and his wife then used the opportunity to mingle and network with their guests.

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