Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Graeme Wilson as Australia's next High Commissioner to South Africa, with non-resident accreditation to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is based in Botswana.
Mr Wilson is expected to take up his appointment in January 2013, replacing Ms Ann Harrap.
Mr Wilson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is currently First Assistant Secretary, Americas and Africa Division. He has previously served as Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Ambassador to Mexico and Consul-General in New Caledonia. He has also held earlier postings in France and Vanuatu and is a former Chief of Protocol.
Mr Wilson holds a Master of Arts in French from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
South Africa is Australia's largest African trading partner, with two-way investment totalling $5 billion in 2011. Further trade and investment opportunities are emerging in areas including mining, mining equipment, technology and services, agriculture and retail.
Australia and South Africa work closely together on issues such as climate change, Antarctica and African peace and security.
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