22 June 1995

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, today announced the appointment of Mr Neal Davis as Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Davis will replace Mr Frank Milne, who has been High Commissioner since June 1992.

Since the establishment of our mission in Brunei Darussalam in 1983, Australia's bilateral relationship with Brunei has developed to cover a broad range of activities, including trade and investment, defence cooperation, aviation and education links.

Trade and investment between Australia and Brunei, although modest, is growing. The Australia/Brunei Darussalam Business Council, established to develop bilateral commercial links, was launched in March last year. Mr Davis's appointment reaffirms the Australian Government's commitment to develop further trade and economic links between Australia and Brunei.

Brunei is a member of ASEAN and is currently Australia's ASEAN coordinating country. Located in the region of Australia's main policy focus, Australia and Brunei cooperate across a range of regional issues, including through participation in APEC and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

Mr Davis joined the then Department of National Development in 1967. From 1978 to 1982 he was Counsellor (Resources) in Australian Embassy in Tokyo. He then returned to work in the Department of Trade and Resources, and subsequently in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Canberra. During that period his responsibilities included trade and trade relations with the ASEAN countries. From 1990 to 1993 he was Deputy High Commissioner in Port Moresby. He is currently Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul.

Mr Davis is expected to take up his appointment in September 1995.