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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA 121

10 October 1997

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT : CONSUL-GENERAL TO SHANGHAI

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Ambrose as Australian Consul-General in Shanghai.

Mr Ambrose will replace Dr Richard Rigby, who has been Consul-General since January 1994.

The work of the Australian Consulate-General covers the range of Australian interests in East China and provides services to a growing Australian community in Shanghai and other cities. Shanghai is rapidly regaining its position as one of the leading cities of East Asia. It is already one of the major centres of China in its own right as well as being the gateway to the important East China region. The area falling within the consular district of the Consulate-General in Shanghai, accounts for around 40 per cent of China's GDP. Within the Municipality of Shanghai alone, by the end of 1996, a total of 252 Australian investment projects had been approved.

Mr Ambrose commenced work with the then Department of External Affairs in 1971, and has served in Hong Kong, Beijing and Belgrade. From 1985 to 1988 he served as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing, and most recently served as High Commissioner to Vanuatu from 1990 to 1992. In Canberra his senior departmental positions have included Assistant Secretary, East Asia Branch and Assistant Secretary, International Cultural Relations Branch. Mr Ambrose has also served in the Office of National Assessments, as a consultant with Stephen FitzGerald & Co and in the Western Australian Department of Trade and Commerce.

Since September 1995 Mr Ambrose has been a Visiting Fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University.

Mr Ambrose is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has a knowledge of four languages including Chinese (Mandarin).

Mr Ambrose is expected to take up his appointment in January 1998.


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