Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Glenn White as Australia's next Ambassador to Nepal. Mr White is expected to take up his appointment in April 2013, replacing Ms Susan Grace.
Mr White is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Director of the department's Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Section. He has previously served as Australian Ambassador to Jordan, Deputy Head of Mission in Baghdad and Riyadh and as a Senior Civilian Monitor in the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville.
Mr White holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the Australian National University. He is married with three children.
Australia-Nepalese relations extend over 50 years. Two-way trade is worth approximately $25 million a year including Australian exports of food, animal oils and refined petroleum and imports of floor coverings and clothing
Australia's development contributions since the 1960s include assistance in forestry, public health, education, water supply and sanitation, income generation and Australia Awards for post-graduate study in Australia. Australian assistance with peace-building and democratic development was A$29.9 million in 2012-13.
Australia also works with the Government of Nepal, the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology and the Fred Hollows Foundation on reducing avoidable blindness in the region by developing safe and cheap procedures for cataract surgery.
Australia is home to more than 26,000 people of Nepalese descent. Around 18,000 Australians visited Nepal in 2012.
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