Matt Field

Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

7th December 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Corruption has a cost … and it is paid by citizens

9 December is International Day for the Fight Against Corruption. No one in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be told about the damage done by this poison. Since I took over as British Ambassador here three months ago, it is probably the single subject I have heard most about in my conversations with people. Corruption […]

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13th November 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

BiH citizens do not need a new Reform Agenda… they need reforms

Two weeks ago I appeared on N1. Zvonko Komsic asked me some tough and insightful questions, particularly on the political situation and what BiH politicians should do on the EU path. To several of the questions I gave the same answer – ‘They need to form governments quickly, and get on with reforms’. This repetition […]

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5th September 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Every election is determined by the people who show up

On Sunday 7th October, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will get the chance to decide the course of their country for the next four years. The United Kingdom, as a guarantor of the Dayton Peace Agreement and a firm supporter of BiH, has both an obligation and a strong desire to see BiH make […]

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30th December 2014

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Back to 2015

It’s that time of year when many of us look ahead at the coming year, and wonder what lies in wait. Fortunately, 2015 has already been predicted and captured on film, 25 years ago, in Back to the Future II. OK, so we’re still waiting on hover-boards, but the film did seem to hit the […]

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17th February 2014

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A year to remember

The first few weeks of the year can be slow for many of us, waiting for the busy times to kick in. That’s certainly the theme of a ‘Calendario Brasileiro 2014’ which I see flying around on social media, suggesting we may only have a couple of working months in the year as a whole, […]

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16th November 2013

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

First, you have to learn the language

“First, you have to learn the language. Language is the key to a people’s culture, and culture is a key to people’s hearts. If you force them to speak your language, you will never win their sympathy” UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello. It is fair to say that the British don’t have the best […]

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18th October 2013

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The future of cyberspace

This week sees the 2013 Seoul Conference on Cyberspace, the third in a series of conferences following London 2011 and Budapest 2012.  The Conference takes place in the context of a debate in Brazil and abroad about the future of the internet. Our Foreign Secretary has long been passionate about cyber (a broad term that […]

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8th October 2013

Matt Field

by Matt Field

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

EXPECTING THE UNEXPECT-ABLE

The work of diplomats, and Embassies, can often seem very cerebral and detached. But as our colleagues in Nairobi recently experienced, it can also be very practical and traumatic. Last week, along with colleagues across Brazil, we’ve been looking at our crisis plans. These are the preparations we make for the kinds of terrible incidents […]

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