Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Damien Miller as Australia's next Ambassador to Denmark with non-resident accreditation to Norway and Iceland.
Mr Miller is the first indigenous Australian to be appointed as head of an overseas mission. He is expected to take up his appointment in May 2013 replacing Mr James Choi.
Mr Miller is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was recently Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Germany. He has previously served in the Australian High Commission in Malaysia.
Mr Miller holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He was selected "Aboriginal Scholar of the Year" by the National NAIDOC Committee in 1993.
Australia and Denmark have a significant trading relationship with two-way trade in 2012 exceeding $1.3 billion. Principal Australian exports include food and beverages and Danish imports include meats, medical supplies and electric equipment. Australia and Denmark also work closely together in international fora on issues including international security and climate change.
Australia-Norway trade is nearly $500m a year including beverage exports and the importation of machinery, telecommunications equipment and foods. Australia-Norway bilateral agreements include a Working Holiday Maker arrangement, Social Security Agreement and Double Taxation Agreement. Australia and Norway both contribute to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Norway is also an important interlocutor on Antarctic issues.
Australia-Iceland trade exceeds $14m a year. Australia, Iceland and the United States are founding members of the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology.
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