Today's look at Foreign Office activity and the events taking place in and around the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham speaks on the extremely strong bilateral relationship between Jamaica and the UK at the opening of Jamaica House.
Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham and the Somali Minister for Sport Mohamoud Jirdeh Hussein, today watched Somali athlete Zamzam Farah compete in the women’s 400m.
In pictures: Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham and Prime Minister David Cameron met Somali Sports Minister Mohamoud Jirdeh Hussein.
- Minister for the Commonwealth Lord Howell last night addressed Ministers, High Commissioners, senior business leaders and sports journalists at an event hosts at Scotland House by the Commonwealth Business Council, The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and UKTI. The event focussed on the steps that are being taken to use the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as a platform to leverage business engagement and promote trade and investment across the Commonwealth and beyond.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has met President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau of Fiji.
- The British Business Embassy is today hosting Global Business Summit on ICT. The Summit will feature a number of panel-led seminars focusing on key ICT fields such as ICT Enabling London 2012; Broadband; Cloud & SaaS; Digital Innovation; Smart Infrastructure: Video, Image Recognition & AR; and Next-Generation Mobility. The summit is being streamed live on the UKTI YouTube channel.
- Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt yesterday celebrated the Paralympics-spirit when he joined athletes from Morocco, Pakistan, the DRC and Senegal who are training at the University of Bedfordshire ahead of the games, which begin on 29 August.
- Last night, Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell spoke at the Opening Gala of the Creative Cities Collection 2012. Creative Cities is a week-long exhibition to forge new links and closer relations between artistic communities in China and the UK, with particular focus on Olympic Host Cities Beijing and London. The event forms part of the Inspire 2012 Programme, often known as the Cultural Olympiad.