By Roy C. Mabasa
British Ambassador to Manila Asif Ahmad has been appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, one of highest forms of recognition by Her Majesty for service in Foreign and Commonwealth affairs.
According to the British Embassy in Manila, this award entitles the top British diplomat in Manila to be known henceforth as Asif Ahmad CMG.
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).
In response to the announcement, Ambassador Ahmad expressed his gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen for the honor.
“I owe this appointment to people who have nurtured and developed me over the years,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Ahmad CMG has served as 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.
During his term in the Philippines, Asif Ahmad CMG witnessed the delivery of UK assistance to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Two-way trade and investments have 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.
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