Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Kenya

13 October 1995

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, today announced the appointment of Mr John Trotter as Australian High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation as Ambassador to the State of Eritrea and to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Mr Trotter will have concurrent accreditation as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (Habitat) and as Resident Representative to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi. Mr Trotter will replace Mr Lawry Herron, who has been High Commissioner since January 1993.

Australia has close and long-standing relations with Kenya, characterised by our cooperation within the Commonwealth and by Australia's ongoing development assistance to Kenya and the Horn of Africa as a whole.

Australia also has warm relationships with Eritrea and Ethiopia. Australia was one of the first countries to recognise Eritrean independence in 1993; relations have been particularly strengthened by the work of prominent Australians such as the late Fred Hollows. Development cooperation between Australia and Ethiopia in recent years has contributed to the warmth of that relationship. Australia welcomes the transition to democracy in Ethiopia and the recent national elections which have served to consolidate this process.

Australia attaches importance to the role UNEP can play in advancing implementation of environment programs within the United Nations and in promoting better environmental knowledge and practices world-wide.

Mr Trotter is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After teaching in high schools in Western Australia, he joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1963. He has served in Australian missions in Accra, Bonn and Paris and was Assistant Secretary, Europe Branch, in 1979 and from 1984-85. From 1985-86, Mr Trotter headed the Department's Review of Overseas Representation. From 1986-91 he was Assistant Secretary, then Principal Adviser, South Pacific. Mr Trotter was Ambassador to Fiji and Permanent Representative to the South Pacific Forum Secretariat from 1991-95, and concurrently High Commissioner to Tuvalu.

Mr Trotter is expected to take up his appointment in January 1996.