Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Tim George as Australia's next Ambassador to Mexico, with non-resident accreditation to Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Mr George is expected to take up his appointment in December 2012, replacing Ms Katrina Cooper.
Mr George is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was until recently Australia's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Previous service includes Special Coordinator for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2006-2009), Ambassador to Israel (2003-2006); Ambassador to Spain (2000-2003); Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, New Zealand; and Deputy High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission, Malaysia.
Mr George holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from the University of Adelaide. He speaks Spanish.
Mexico is Australia's largest trading partner in Latin America with two-way trade of A$2.9 billion in 2011. Australian investment in Mexico increased by 50 percent between 2008 and 2011 to over A$3 billion. Key trade sectors include energy and resources, manufacturing, education, water management and agribusiness.
Australia and Mexico agreed in September 2011 to an Action Plan to advance the relationship in political relations, economy and trade, development cooperation, education and culture. Mexico is also an important partner for Australia in forums including the United Nations, APEC, the World Trade Organization, and the OECD. In June this year Mexico was invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations.
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