Thursday, 14 July 2016


New UK High Commissioner to Tanzania , Sarah Cooke, New High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro and retiring, UK countrerpart  Dianna Melrose at the SOAS  reception last Thursday.  Pic by author
Last Thursday, The British Tanzania Society – BTS- welcomed newly appointed Tanzanian High Commissioner Dr Asha Rose Migiro and her British counterpart heading for Dar es Salaam, Ms Sarah Cooke.  Outgoing British Ambassador Dianna Melrose and her predecessor, Mr Philip Parham were invited, too.

High Commissioner Migiro with Mr Alistair Scott of Ophir Energy. 

Hosting  the two hour ceremony at London’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS),  was Birmingham University lecturer, Dr Andrew Coulson , who on a behalf of BTS highlighted the fact that it was a positive day for women in high, respected, government and  diplomatic positions.
Former UK High Commissioner to Dar es Salaam, Philip Parham with his two successors.

Speaking briefly, Dr Asha- Rose Migiro, who has just been here for two weeks, said she is looking forward to meeting people and interact with our Tanzanian friends and business partners in the United Kingdom.
Ambassador Cooke expressed her excitement of going to Tanzania and already managed few Swahili words.
Mr Yusuf Kashangwa, Trade Centre Director,  in the company of the High Commissioners

Also present was the Tanzanian Trade Centre Director at the High Commission, Mr Yusuf Kashangwa.
Veteran BTS members, Mrs Fennel, Ambassador Melrose, Ron Fennel and unidentified citizen.

London based British Tanzania Society whose members from the two nations, hail from a wide section of fields and professions has been very actively inviting speakers and guests from high profile positions in Tanzania. These include Professor Issa Shivji (April 2016), former Civic Front leader, Professor Ibrahim Lipumba (December 2015) and Cabinet Minister Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe (November 2012), to name a few.
Janet Chapman with
Mrs Hope Katanga, Julian Marcus and wife.

Citizen News Story published Monday 4 July, 2016.

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