Planning Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s trip to the United Kingdom in May is just one many items on British Consul General Annabelle Malins’ agenda in April.
She also was a panelist at the Phenomenal Women’s Conference, held at Kennesaw State University on April 8. She is helping to host the renowned St. John's Choir at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta April 12 and then is to celebrate the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton with a black-tie gala on April 29.
Meanwhile, she will be taking the U.K.’s message of job growth through open markets to Auburn University in Alabama.
Mr. Deal is to be in England May 16-18 and then onto Germany to promote Georgia as an investment destination.
Ms. Malins told GlobalAtlanta that Mr. Deal will primarily be visiting Liverpool on England’s west coast where there already are established ties between Atlanta and Liverpool universities.
A delegation of civic and university officials from Liverpool came to Savannah in January, and the governor is making a reciprocal visit to strengthen the ties between the ports of Savannah and Liverpool.
As the first female consul general to the Southeast from the U.K. since the consulate opened in 1923, it’s hardly a surprise that she would be a panelist on the Phenomenal Women’s Conference, which featured Carol Hunstein, the Supreme Court of Georgia’s chief justice, as a keynote speaker.
The Cathedral of St. Philip rather than the consulate is primarily responsible for the first visit of St. John’s men and boys choir to Atlanta. But Ms. Malins, who is enthusiastic about one of England’s premier choirs visiting the city, is promoting the event as much as she can.
When it comes to the royal wedding, however, it’s the consulate general that is in charge of the black-tie affair to be held at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel in Dunwoody. The gala is to feature filmed footage of the wedding, which will have transpired earlier in the day, from CNN and other media outlets.
Proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which provides assistance to terminally ill children and their families. Prince William and Ms. Middleton are patrons of the organization.
During the interview, she emphasized that under the new government of Prime Minister David Cameron an even greater responsibility to encourage economic development and job growth has been placed on the foreign ministry.
The British government, Ms. Malins said, is trying especially hard to push a completion of the World Trade Organization's Doha Round of negotiations this year. The negotiations are meant to lower trade barriers to facilitate an increase of global trade, which dipped during the recession.
She also said that the preparations for the Summer Olynpic Games to be held in London July 27-Aug. 12, 2012, are "on schedule and on budget."
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