MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ALEXANDER DOWNER


FA 115

20 October 1999

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner To Kiribati

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Colin Hill as Australia's High Commissioner to Kiribati.

Mr Hill will replace Mr Phillip Allars who has been High Commissioner since February 1997. He is expected to take up his appointment in February 2000.

Australia has a friendly relationship of long-standing with Kiribati, with Australia's High Commission in Tarawa being established in 1981, shortly after independence. Wide-ranging ties exist, particularly in development assistance, trade and investment, defence cooperation, fisheries and people-to-people links. Australia and Kiribati have worked closely together for many years as members of the South Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth and have now begun to extend that cooperation into the United Nations, which Kiribati joined as the UN's 186th member in September 1999.

Mr Hill, a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is currently the Director, Pacific Regional Section, in Canberra. From 1972 to 1975 he served with the Public Service Board before working in the minerals and energy trade policy areas in the Departments of Minerals and Energy, National Resources, Trade and Resources, and Trade (1975-85). He was Counsellor (Commercial) at the Embassy in Tokyo (1985-89), Director, Japan Section, North Asia Branch (1990-91) and Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore (1991-95).

Mr Hill was born in Canberra in 1950 and is a graduate of the Australian National University. He is married, with two daughters.


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