At a BBBF lunch meeting, attended by over 120 members of Bahrain’s business community, and Chaired by Khalid Al-Zayani, Chairman of the BBBF, HMA Jamie Bowden, who is Bahrain’s longest serving British ambassador, delivered his final address as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mr. Bowden has held the position since 2006, and has been instrumental in encouraging trade and collaboration between the UK and Bahrain. He is due to take up a position in Muscat in September 2011.
In his address, Mr. Bowden commented: “I have always been struck by the balance the BBBF manages to maintain between social and business networking, and would like to thank Khalid Al Zayani and the whole committee for their close work with the embassy during my term. As I leave the Kingdom I would advise everyone not to lose sight of Vision 2030, which is a realistic and achievable vision given the people and will which Bahrain has to execute it.”
Mr. Bowden joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986 after seven years as an Army Officer (in the Royal Green Jackets). During his 20 years in the Diplomatic Service he has served in Aden, Khartoum, Washington, Riyadh and Kabul. In addition he has occupied positions in London as Desk Officer in Republic of Ireland Department, and as Head of the Political Section in United Nations Department. Immediately before taking up his current position Jamie was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Kuwait, from where he did six months temporary duty as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Baghdad.
Mr. Al Zayani expressed his appreciation of Mr. Bowden’s work, and commented: “Each year that Jamie has been in his post we have worked more closely with the Embassy and Foreign Commonwealth Office, and on behalf of myself and the BBBF committee, I want to thank him, his family and his team on their many achievements during his posting. We have seen a number of very productive and high profile visits to BBBF in support of UK industry - the Duke of York, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Bar Council and key Members of Parliament, educational institutions, plus the networking and profile raising activities the BBBF has held which Jamie has kindly supported.”