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First resident Ambassador to Ukraine
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on 12th December that Mr Doug Trappett will be Australia’s first resident Ambassador to Ukraine.  Mr Trappett’s appointment coincides with the first visit to Australia by a President of Ukraine. His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko is currently visiting Australia. The Prime Minister thanked President Poroshenko for Ukraine’s support following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in which all 298 on board died, including 38 Australians. The appointment of Australia’s first resident Ambassador to Ukraine will facilitate continued cooperation between our two countries, including on the international investigations on MH17 currently underway. Read more  

Assisting the global response to climate change
Consistent with our commitment to play our part in the global response to climate change, Australia will pledge $200 million over four years to the Green Climate Fund. The announcement was made to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru on10th December by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP. All countries should take practical and proportionate steps to take action on climate change while safeguarding economic growth. Australia is already making major contributions to address the effects of climate change, including through national direct action and international engagement, including our aid programme. Read more 

Foreign Minister Bishop launches new Consular Strategy
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 3rd December launched the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s three year Consular Strategy that will maintain Australia’s consular service as world’s best practice. More Australians than ever are travelling overseas and the demand for consular services is high. The delivery of high quality consular services is one of the Government’s foreign policy priorities. Released with a revised DFAT Consular Services Charter, the new Consular Strategy will see changes aimed at maintaining the agility of Australia’s consular service in a changing world. Read more

Robb welcomes WTO trade facilitation breakthrough
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb on 28 November welcomed the decision reached by World Trade Organisation (WTO) Members overnight to take forward implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation. This paves the way for negotiations to commence on a future WTO work program, which will be a key stepping stone to concluding the Doha Round. Read more

Ambassador Higgie participates in event about the EU, Australia and New Zealand

Ambassador Higgie (right) speaking at the EU-ASIA Centre event on Friends in the Asia-Pacific: The EU, Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

Ambassador Mark Higgie was panellist at the EU-ASIA Centre event on 12 November titled: Friends in the Asia-Pacific: The EU, Australia and New Zealand. He was joined by the New Zealand Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Vangelis Vitalis, Gerhard Sabathil, Director, Asia-Pacific EEAS and Michael Theurer, MEP, Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Delegation. The panellists discussed what Australia and New Zealand want from their relationship with the EU and how the EU could work best with both countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The seminar’s timing was apposite coming three days before the start of the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane, which was attended by the two EU presidents and leaders of the five biggest member states.

Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
The landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come. ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians. Australian businesses will have unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. It greatly enhances our competitive position in key areas such as agriculture, resources and energy, manufacturing exports, services and investment. Read more

G20 Leaders' Summit
The G20 Leaders' Summit was held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. As chair of the G20, Australia hosted leaders of the world's major economies to discuss global economic challenges. Australia focused on practical outcomes that will promote economic growth, create jobs and build the resilience of the global economy. G20 Leaders' Communique 

Ambassador meets Australian school choir at Armistice Day Commemoration

Ambassador Higgie (centre right) surrounded by members of the Brighton Secondary School Vocal Ensemble at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Ms Heidi Van Gerwen, the Belgian Honorary Consul in Adelaide, is front left and the school’s Head of Music, Jeff Kong, is to the Ambassador’s immediate left.

 

 

 

Ambassador Mark Higgie attended several commemorative events on Armistice Day 11 November including a ceremony at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke near Ypres, Belgium. Also participating was the Brighton Secondary School Vocal Ensemble from South Australia which gave fine performances of ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and ‘Advance Australia Fair’. The choir travelled to Belgium to perform in the 1000 Voices for Peace World War One – one of a series of Belgian events marking the centenary of World War One. The choir also gave a well-attended concert in Bruges on 6 November.

‘CHOICE’ travel insurance buying guide
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 23rd October announced the release of a new initiative to aid Australian travellers in selecting travel insurance ahead of the peak Christmas travel period and start of the cruise season.The CHOICE Guide to Travel Insurance was commissioned by the Australian Government in June this year. Read more 

Enhancing Significant Investor Visa programme
The Government will expand and improve the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme as part of its broader competitiveness agenda. At present, SIVs are available for applicants having an eligible investment in Australia of A$5 million, for a minimum of four years. Read more

Foreign investment in Australia reaches A$2.5 trillion
Statistics released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1st October show that the total stock of foreign investment in Australia was A$2.5 trillion in 2013 – up 11.3 per cent on the previous year – the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said. Read more

DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese gives lecture on "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific"
The Secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, on 16 June gave the 2014 Schuman Lecture at the Centre for European Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. His lecture was titled "The Lessons of European Integration for the Indo Pacific". Read more  

     

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