MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA 106

30 September 1999


Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Malta

 

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Iain Dickie as Australia's High Commissioner to the Republic of Malta.

Mr Dickie will replace Mr Colin Willis, who has been High Commissioner since January 1997. He is expected to take up his appointment in February 2000.

Australia and Malta share close ties of friendship. With the Maltese community in Australia numbering around 180,000, many Maltese have relatives or friends living in this country. In recent years these strong links have been reinforced through high-level visits and bilateral agreements, including a Working Holiday Maker Scheme which is facilitating contact between the youth of both countries. The traditional people-to-people links have provided a strong foundation on which to develop co-operation on issues of international importance to Australia and to foster growing trade linkages. Two-way trade between the two countries in 1998-99 stood at $17 million, with a healthy trade surplus for Australia of $8 million. There is also good potential for expanding Australian exports to Malta in the areas of wine, high-speed fast ferries and telecommunications equipment.

Mr Dickie is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the Department of Trade in 1979 after nine years with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. He was Assistant Director, West Europe Section, Department of Trade and Resources (1983-85), Acting Manager, Europe, Australian Trade Commission (1985-86), and Director, GATT Projects Section, DFAT (1987-89). From 1990 to 1994 he served as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels, and then as Director, Agricultural Trade Policy Section, DFAT (1994-97). Mr Dickie has been Director of the EU and European Institutions Section since June 1997.

Mr Dickie was born in 1947 and has Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is married with a son and a daughter.

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