Taylor set for ambassador post
Mr. Taylor confirmed the move, which has been in the works with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for some time, on Thursday.
“Mexico is really a very interesting country; they have their crime problems and it affects the image of the country,” Mr. Taylor said during a telephone interview. “They’re fast becoming one of our most important trading partners, I believe their economy is now the 13th largest in the world.
“I realise it will be fundamentally different from the job here.”
Mr. Taylor – a career diplomat with the UK foreign service – is well-suited to the ambassador’s position having extensive experience in the Spanish-speaking Americas and with both he and his wife Marie-Beatrice being Spanish-speakers.
“It’s certainly a nice job to go to,” he said.
The governor said he expected to leave Cayman sometime in August, although a firm date had not yet been fixed. His current one-year contract extension with the Cayman Islands runs through mid-January 2014.
He said he wasn’t sure who his replacement was going to be, but his staying on until August should give the British government and Her Majesty, the Queen enough time to choose one.
It also means Mr. Taylor will stay on to supervise the May general elections in the Cayman Islands and a few months afterward while the new government gets into place.
“Oh yes, not going to miss that,” he said.