JOINT STATEMENT

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR TRADE







FA 141
11 December 1996

APPOINTMENT OF WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION AMBASSADOR


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Mr Tim Fischer, today announced the appointment of Mr Ted Delofski as Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), succeeding Mr Donald Kenyon in the position.

Mr Delofski has been High Commissioner in Singapore since October 1993. Before that he was First Assistant Secretary, Economic and Trade Development Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1990-1993). During this period, he was also Australia's official representative to APEC. Previously he was Minister (Economic) in the Australian High Commission in London (1987-1990), and before then he held senior positions in a number of areas of Treasury. He is a graduate of the Universities of New South Wales and Oxford.

Mr Delofski is expected to take up his appointment in the New Year.

The WTO was established on 1 January 1995 as the successor organisation to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and is responsible for the administration of the agreements which govern the multilateral trading system. The Australian Mission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), located in Geneva, is responsible for the representation of Australia's interests in that organisation.

Since the establishment of the WTO, Australia's WTO Mission in Geneva has played a key role in the achievement of Australia's trade policy goals. Agreements negotiated during the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations significantly expanded the reach of the multilateral trading system so that it now encompasses trade in services and intellectual property, as well as goods and new rules on investment.

A rules-based multilateral trading system is essential to Australia's economic growth and sustained prosperity. Trade is a major factor in the creation of decent jobs in Australia. The multilateral trading system provides stable and predictable rules through which Australian businesses can expand their market access. It is also the main means for settling trade disputes between countries.
These elements of the system enable Australia to secure, protect and defend its market access overseas.