Britain has a new High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam. She is Ms Diane Corner and is being accompanied by her husband and four children. Ms Corner has wide diplomatic experience in Africa. She has just finished a tour as Deputy High Commissioner in Sierra Leone, prior to which she held a similar position in Zimbabwe. The outgoing High Commissioner, Philip Parham, is being posted to New York as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.
At a very large Britain-Tanzanian Society reception at the Central Methodist Hall in London in honour of the departing and arriving High Commissioners, guests included Mrs Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife who had taken time to attend, even though she was hosting a dinner at No 10 later that evening (Mrs Brown is a member of the Society, as she spent her childhood years in Tanzania). Former British Home Secretary David Blunket MP and Shadow Minister of Health and Chair of parliament’s ‘All Party Group on Tanzania’ Stephen 0’Brien MP also attended as did the Tanzanian High Commissioner in London Mrs Mwanaidi Maajar.
Philip Parham, in his speech, said that existing good relations with Tanzania would continue in New York, as the alphabetical arrangement of seats in the Assembly meant that the UK and Tanzania always sit next to each other!