High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago

Media release

13 November 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Ross Tysoe AO as Australia's next High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Tysoe will also have non-resident accreditation to: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. He will also be accredited as the Australian Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Mr Tysoe is expected to take up his appointment in January 2013, replacing Mr Philip Kentwell.

Mr Tysoe is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served as Counsellor and Consul-General in Singapore and as Consul-General in Bali. Mr Tysoe was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his role in leading the response to the 2002 Bali bombings. He is currently Assistant Secretary, Passport Business Improvement and Technology Branch.

Mr Tysoe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University. He is married with two children.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbean's fastest growing economies and the region's major producer of oil and gas. It is Australia's largest trading partner in the Caribbean, with a total two-way trade of A$24 million in 2011-12; principally Australian exports of meat and cheese products (A$18 million). Australia's BHP Billiton continues to be a major oil producer in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Australian Government has strengthened ties with the Caribbean through formalising relations with CARICOM - the main regional institution - in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2009. The MOU focuses on developing cooperation to address issues of concern for Caribbean countries such as climate change, building economic resilience and people to people links. Specific activities include disaster risk reduction and coral reef management. Australia has worked closely with Caribbean countries to promote an Arms Trade Treaty.

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