MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA 107

3 September

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: HIGH COMMISSIONER TO SAMOA

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Paul O'Callaghan as Australian High Commissioner to Samoa.

Mr O'Callaghan will replace Mr David Hegarty, who has been High Commissioner since January 1995.

Australian relations with Samoa are cooperative and constructive. They include a substantial development cooperation program, significant economic and defence cooperation links, and shared membership of regional bodies. There is regular consultation between Australia and Samoa on most key regional and international issues. Australia's High Commission in Apia was established in 1977.

Mr O'Callaghan commenced work with the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1982. His appointments in Australian missions have been Third Secretary in Malaysia and First Secretary in Thailand. In Canberra he has worked in a broad range of areas including the United Nations Economic Agencies Section, East Asia Analytical Unit, Americans and Europe Projects and Co-ordination Section. Mr O'Callaghan was seconded to the Australian Trade Commission from 21 November 1992 to 30 March 1995. He is currently the Departmental Liaison Officer to Senator the Honourable David Brownhill, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade.

Mr O'Callaghan holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, from the Australian National University, and a Masters of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics. Mr O'Callaghan speaks Indonesian. He was born in Geelong, Victoria in 1957.

Mr O'Callaghan is expected to take up his appointment in January 1998.


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