The UK has appointed ambassador to Paraguay as part of the current government’s plan to recover lost ground in Latinamerica. The British embassy in Asunción was closed in 2005 and has since had a non resident ambassador based in Buenos Aires.
Dr. Jeremy Hobbs who is an expert in Latinamerican affairs and has held several posts in the region is scheduled to take up his appointment during next July. He will succeed Dr John Freeman who is the current Non-Resident Ambassador.
Dr Hobbs joined the FCO in 1991 and has worked in Research Analysts on Latin American issues since then. He has previously served in Latin America, with postings to Colombia, Mexico and most recently as Chargé d’Affaires in Ecuador.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Paraguay, Dr Hobbs has said:
“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to deepen our relations with Paraguay following the June 2012 decision to re-open our Embassy there. The new Embassy will further strengthen Britain’s diplomatic presence in Latin America and help unlock commercial opportunities for British companies in this important market. It will also enable us to work more closely with Paraguay on a range of regional issues”
Full name: Dr Jeremy Alexander Hobbs
Married to: Ana Maria Eréndira Granados de Hobbs
Children: One son, one daughter
Sept 2012 – present FCO, Research analyst for Mexico and Andean Republics, Americas Research Group
May 2012 – Sept 2012 Quito, Chargé d’Affaires
Sept 2006 – April 2012 FCO, Head, Americas Research Group and also (from July 2010) Deputy Head Research Analysts
Apr 2003 – July 2006 Mexico City, First Secretary Political
Sept 1999 – Apr 2003 FCO, Research analyst for Andean Republics, Americas Research Group
Apr 1995 – July 1999 Bogotá, Second Secretary Political and Technical Co-operation
Jan 1991 – Apr 1995 FCO, Research analyst for Cuba, Central America, Argentina, Uruguay and the South Atlantic overseas territories, Americas Research Unit, Research & Analysis Department