Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Media Release

6 August 1996


I have today announced the appointment of Mr Charles Stuart as Australia's High Commissioner to the People' s Republic of Bangladesh.

Mr Stuart will replace Mr Kenneth Aspinall, who has been High Commissioner since November 1993.

Australia and Bangladesh have enjoyed warm and friendly relations since Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971. We were among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Bangladesh and since then the two countries have developed a constructive and expanding relationship both bilaterally and in the international context.

Australia's trade with Bangladesh has grown substantially in recent years as the Bangladesh economy has grown. From 1993 to 1995, Australian exports rose from $78 million to $121 million covering a wide variety of products. Australian imports from Bangladesh have also increased.

In 1995/96 Australia provided approximately $32 million to Bangladesh in humanitarian and development assistance.

Mr Stuart is a senior officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the then-Department of External affairs in 1966 and served in Dar es Salaam from 1966 to 1969 and Vienna from 1972 to 1975. He was Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore from 1979 to 1982. From 1985 to 1988 he was Counsellor in London and from 1993 to 1996, Counsellor in Brussels. He has also worked extensively in the Department. He was Head of the Indonesia Section from 1982-84, the Philippines and Burma Section from 1989 to 1991 and the Manufactures Section from 1991 to 1993.

Mr Stuart will take up his appointment in September 1996.

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