John McAslan Appointed Honorary Consul of The Republic of Haiti
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, has appointed John McAslan as Honorary Consul of The Republic of Haiti in London.
The role of Honorary Consul has a number of core remits:
- To help support and establish the newly appointed Haitian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
- To enhance the cultural, commercial and investment links between Haiti and the UK
- To 'fly the flag' for the Republic of Haiti in the UK
- To help galvanise the Haitian community and diaspora in the UK
The Republic of Haiti's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jacques Nixon Myrthil, announces:
"Renewing diplomatic relations between Haiti and the United Kingdom is highly significant for both countries. John McAslan is a great supporter of our country and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Honorary Consul of The Republic of Haiti in London."
Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Haiti, comments:
"Haiti stands at a crossroads and in need of sustained investment and capacity building. The planned reopening of the Haitian Embassy in London is a brave new step which will require the services of an experienced Haitian diplomat who will undoubtedly need the support and wisdom of a person of some standing in the British community. As well as an awareness of local networks and ways of working, such a person should also be known for his affection and proven commitment towards Haiti. The appointment of John McAslan as Honorary Consul fulfils all these requirements and the incoming Haitian Ambassador will find in Mr McAslan a trusty friend and a wise counsellor. Those of us who have supported the cause of Haiti over many years can only take pleasure in the news of this appointment."
Steven Fisher, HM Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, adds:
"As British Ambassador to Haiti I congratulate John on his appointment to the position of Haiti's Honorary Consul in London. John has a record of commitment to Haiti in recent years with which very few British people can compete. I am sure he will achieve great things in his new role and I look forward to working with him in the interests of building ever closer and more fruitful relations between the two countries. Haiti has chosen well".
John McAslan further adds:
"Whilst Haiti still faces significant challenges following the devastating earthquake of 2010 and most recently the severe impact of Hurricane Sandy, it remains a wonderful country of huge potential, rich and diverse in culture and with a people of extraordinary resilience and dignity. Sound governance is being established to facilitate the country's reconstruction, a comprehensive energy plan is underway, and proposals are being shaped to improve education and initiate teacher training programmes, opening up tangible opportunities for all Haitian children. So the future is looking more certain for Haiti, and I will endeavour as best I can to build closer ties between our two countries in the months to come."