Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Ms Joanna Adamson as Australia's next High Commissioner to Ghana, with non-resident accreditation to Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Ms Adamson will take up her appointment in January 2013, replacing Mr William (Billy) Williams.
Ms Adamson is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served as Deputy Head of Mission in Ghana, Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, and Deputy Head of Mission in Rome.
Ms Adamson has also worked as Counsellor in the Australian High Commission in Wellington, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission in Pretoria, and Senior Policy Analyst with New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development.
Ms Adamson, who speaks French, holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law degree from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. She has been admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Tasmania and Western Australia.
Australia and Ghana are active partners on Commonwealth matters, and cooperate on security issues such as anti-piracy and peacekeeping. Around 20 Australian companies have mining or exploration projects in Ghana, primarily in gold mining.
Australian exports to Ghana include civil engineering equipment, meat, specialised machinery and hand tools. Imports from Ghana to Australia include cocoa and wood products.
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