The UK's new embassy in Port-au-Prince opens next week – the first time in nearly 50 years that the country has had a diplomatic presence. The embassy will be in the grounds of the Canadian embassy on Delmas 75 and will be run by Chargé d'affaires Rick Stearn, moving to Haiti from his previous posting in Sierre Leone. Britain's ambassador to Haiti (and the DR), Steven Fisher will be based in Santo Domingo, and all visa services will remain at that embassy. Britain is to open an embassy in Haiti to boost the Caribbean country’s recovery from the ravages of the 2010 earthquake and create new trade opportunities for UK firms. Read: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/new-uk-embassy-to-boost- trade-in-earthquakehit-haiti-8647103.html Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire, who will travel to Port au Prince next week to unveil the embassy, said the move was part of a wider strategy to boost Britain’s presence throughout Latin America in response to its growing economic and political importance.