MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
19 August 1999
Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador To Nepal
I have today announced the appointment of Mr Crispin Conroy as Australia's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal.
Mr Conroy will replace Mr Brendan Doran PSM who has been Ambassador since December 1996. He is expected to take up his appointment in December 1999.
Australia has enjoyed a strong and cordial relationship with Nepal since diplomatic relations were established in 1960. Australia opened a resident diplomatic mission in Kathmandu in 1984. Non-official people-to-people links are also close.
Two-way trade is small but growing. Australian exports comprise mainly metals, commodities, food and beverages and services in the fields of banking, consultancy, education, tourism and aviation. A major hydroelectric project in Nepal, involving Australian interests, is currently under active consideration.
Australia's development cooperation program is helping Nepal to meet its poverty alleviation and development aspirations. Current areas of assistance include human resource development, agricultural research, natural resource management, good governance, blindness prevention, nutrition and other health activities. In-country volunteer activity includes the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program. Furthermore, Australia has significant consular interests, with approximately 10-15,000 Australians visiting Nepal each year.
Mr Conroy is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was Third Secretary, later Second Secretary at the Embassy in Madrid from 1990-93 and then in Canberra worked in different areas of the International Organisations and Legal Division (1994-95). Mr Conroy served as First Secretary at the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1995-98. Since July 1998 he has been Deputy Legal Adviser, and Director of the International Law Section.
Mr Conroy was born in 1963 and has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in French Literature and Civilisation, a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and post graduate qualifications in International Law, from the Australian National University.
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