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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA62

17 May 1998

DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: AMBASSADOR TO POLAND

I have today announced the appointment of Ms Margaret Adamson as Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.

Ms Adamson will replace Mr Jonathan Thwaites who has been Ambassador since October 1994.

Poland played a leading role in the profound political and economic changes which swept Central and Eastern Europe and helped bring an end to the Cold War. We recognize the Republic of Poland's significant democratic and economic achievement and rapid emergence as a modern market economy and prospective member of the European Union. Poland has become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is currently Chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and will join NATO within the next twelve months; it also enjoys the highest growth rate in Europe.

Australia has important historical and economic links with the Republic of Poland. We recognise the significant contribution people of Polish descent have made, and continue to make, to Australia's economic, social and cultural development.

Our bilateral trade and investment relations with Poland are steadily expanding and deepening, and there is considerable potential for further expansion and diversification of this commercial activity as the Polish economy maintains its rapid growth.

Ms Adamson joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1973. In 1975 she participated in an exchange program with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her overseas assignments have included Hanoi (1976-77), Vienna (1977-80), Bonn (1987-91) and Berlin as Consul-General (1993-96). Ms Adamson has undertaken a number of assignments in Canberra, most recently as Director of the Non-Proliferation Policy Section (1991-92) and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Corporate Evaluation Branch (1992-93). From May 1997 until this appointment Ms Adamson held the position of Assistant Secretary, Office of Pacific Island Affairs.

Ms Adamson is a graduate of the Australian National University and the Canberra College of Advanced Education. She is married with three children.

Ms Adamson is expected to take up her appointment in September 1998.


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