The visit had a particular focus on engaging with the many students in Quetzaltenango, to highlight the UK Government’s Scholarship programme, Chevening. At an event held at “Casa Noj”, more than 80 people explored the opportunities Chevening could offer and heard directly from ex-scholars from western Guatemala about their experiences in the UK and its impact on their lives.
Additionally, the Ambassador participated in the inauguration of the International Fair “Xela Fair 2018” and toured the stands in the company of Quetzaltenango’s Mayor, Luis Grijalva. Both discussed the economic opportunities and challenges in Quetzaltenango and possibilities for more British engagement in an economy where education plays a major role.
The Ambassador also visited the local offices of the Prosecutor General and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to express the United Kingdom’s support for its work in the country and regional efforts to fight corruption. Last week the FCO’s Minister of State, Alan Duncan, issued a statement on CICIG.
Finally, the Ambassador spent time with a British organisation, Health Poverty Action, learning more about their work in Quetzaltenango and Totonicapan to fight poverty and improve the lives of women and children.