26 September 1995


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, today announced the appointment of Mr Charles Mott as Australian Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, replacing Dr†Alan Thomas, who has been Ambassador since September 1992.

Noting that 1995 marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Brazil, Senator Evans said that Australia and Brazil share many trade and foreign policy goals and have worked together to influence the international debate on many important issues, including agricultural trade reform, environmental protection, Antarctica, and nuclear and disarmament issues.

Senator Evans said Australia was developing an increasingly close relationship with Brazil, a major Latin American country with a rapidly growing economy and significant influence in regional and world matters. Brazil has publicly stated its support for Australia's election to the United Nations Security Council for a term in 1997-98.

With two-way trade of $627 million, Brazil is Australia's largest market in Latin America, and has been specially invited to participate as a featured market at the National Trade and Investment Outlook Conference (NTIOC) to be held in Melbourne in December 1995.

The prospect of strong growth in the Brazilian economy in 1995, together with the Brazilian Government's commitment to the liberalisation process, augurs well for increased Australian trade and investment opportunities, and a continuation of the recent trend of Australian investment to diversify into new sectors such as education services and telecommunications.

Mr Mott is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After working as a journalist in Melbourne and London, he joined the then Department of External Affairs. He has served in The Hague, Karachi and Rawalpindi, and New York (United Nations). Other overseas appointments include Minister at the High Commission in London (1977-79), High Commissioner to Nigeria (1979-82), Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris (1986-88) and Ambassador to Spain (1988-92). Until recently, Mr Mott was Assistant Secretary of the Environment and Antarctic Branch.

Mr Mott is expected to take up his appointment in November 1995.