MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA 68

15 June 1999

Diplomatic Appointment: Consul-General In Hong Kong

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Bill Tweddell as Australia's Consul-General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China.

Mr Tweddell will replace Ms Susan Boyd.

The Hong Kong SAR is a major regional and international trade, services, financial and media centre located next to the dynamic southern part of China. Australia has extensive and important interests in Hong Kong, which is Australia's eighth largest export market, our eleventh largest trading partner and our third largest source of investment.

In 1998, there were more than 14, 000 Hong Kong students studying in Australia, making Hong Kong the fourth largest source of overseas students. Tourism from Hong Kong to Australia remains strong. Over 185, 000 Hong Kong tourists visited Australia in 1998.

The largest Australian expatriate community in Asia - around 45, 000 Australians - lives in Hong Kong and more than 350 Australian companies are represented there. The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is the second largest foreign chamber in Hong Kong and the largest Australian chamber overseas.

Hong Kong is also a valued partner in APEC and the WTO.

This will be Mr Tweddell's second appointment as head of an Australian mission abroad. In 1995-1996 he was Australia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

From 1996 to 1998 Mr Tweddell, a senior career diplomat, served as my Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser, including on North East Asian issues. From 1992 to 1995 Mr Tweddell was Director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

Mr Tweddell's most recent appointment has been as Head of the Department's Public Affairs and Consular Division.

Mr Tweddell has also served in New Delhi, Athens and Dhaka.

He is expected to take up his appointment in July 1999.


For further information:  Minister - Innes Willox 02 6277 7500
Department - Tony Melville 02 6261 1555

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