I have today announced the appointment to Brussels of Mr Donald Kenyon as
Chief of the Australian Mission to the European Union, and as Ambassador
to the Kingdom of Belgium, with non-resident accreditation to the Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg.
Mr Kenyon will replace Mr Edward Pocock, who has held these responsibilities
since June 1992.
Australia has a strong and growing relationship with the European Union
(EU). Our links are longstanding and include some of our most vital economic
interests and a wide and richly diverse range of cultural and people-to-people
ties. The EU is Australia's largest source of and host for foreign investment
including foreign direct investment; our largest source of imports, including
of capital goods which are fundamental to Australia's technology base and
economic growth; and our second largest market for exports of both goods
and services. Luxembourg will hold the EU Presidency in the second half
Australia enjoys constructive relations with Belgium and Luxembourg. We
share similar approaches to many international issues, including arms control,
disarmament and Antarctica. Belgium and Luxembourg are members of the Australia
Group on Chemical Weapons. The Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU)
is Australia's sixth most important source of total investment (BLEU direct
and portfolio investment in Australia totalled A$8.2 billion in 1995) and
the second largest EU investor in Australia. Two-way trade between Australia
and the BLEU is also substantial, reaching A$1.3 billion in 1995.
Mr Kenyon, a career officer who joined the Department of Trade in 1967,
has served in Brussels successively as First Secretary 1970-74, Counsellor
(Trade Policy) 1980-82, first as Minister (Commercial) and later as Chief
of Mission, 1986-89.
In Canberra his appointments have included Assistant Secretary responsible
for Commodity Policy and for GATT respectively, and Principal Adviser Multilateral
Trade Division 1989-1993. During the latter period, he was closely involved
in the Uruguay Round negotiations. Since 1993, he has been Ambassador to
the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.
Mr Kenyon is a graduate of the University of Sydney.