MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR TRADE
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
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
These elements of the system enable Australia to secure, protect and defend
its market access overseas.