Two years on from Odebrecht: What progress has been made?
- Hermione Greenhalgh
Last night Canning House held the second part of the series which looks at some of the innovations and obstacles in the fight against corruption in Latin America.
On Wednesday 24th January 2018, Canning House had the pleasure and honour of hosting the presentation of the Canning Medal to His Excellency Iván Romero Martínez, Ambassador of Honduras and Dean of GRULA.
The Canning Medal was introduced in 2013 to commemorate Canning House's 70th anniversary. It is not awarded every year, and is exclusively reserved for distinguished persons who have contributed significantly to the strengthening of UK-Latin American relations.
Robert Capurro, CEO of Canning House, and Beatriz Araujo, Chair of Canning House, welcomed guests and introduced the distinguished panel that accompanied Ambassador Romero – which included HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO, Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps; Alistair Harrison CMG GVO, Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps; Kara Owen, Director for the Americas at the FCO; and The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire MP, former Minister of State for the FCO.
Sir Hugo presented the medal to Ambassador Romero, who has served as Ambassador of Honduras to the UK (for the second time) since 2008 and is also Dean of the Latin American Ambassadors in London. Ambassador Romero has been a career diplomat since 1971, and has served as his country's Ambassador to more than ten countries in the Americas, Africa and Europe.
A throng of high-level representatives from the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, distinguished members of the Latin American community in London, and leading members of Canning House filled the auditorium to celebrate the presentation of the Canning Medal to His Excellency.
Photo credits: Roger Alarcon
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