FA 12 - 11 February 2000

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Pakistan

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Howard Brown as Australia's High Commissioner to Pakistan.

Mr Brown will replace Mr Geoffrey Allen who has been High Commissioner since June 1996.

Australia has a long-standing relationship with Pakistan, which spans a wide range of interests.

Australia's trade relationship with Pakistan is solid and continuing to grow. Exports to Pakistan for the first 11 months of 1999 have reached $A 530 million, an all time high, representing almost a 100 per cent increase over the previous period. Two-way merchandise trade between Australia and Pakistan in 1998/1999 totalled $A 637 million.

Pakistan is Australia's 28th-largest market for merchandise exports, which in 1998-99 amounted to a record $475 million, with the major exports including wheat, animal oils and fats, cotton and coal.

There are many commercial opportunities for Australian business in a wide range of sectors including agribusiness, infrastructure, gas, minerals, education and consumer goods. Australian investment in Pakistan continues to increase, with current investment valued at $A 365 million. Among those engaged in Pakistan are ANZ, BHP Petroleum, Novus Petroleum, BHP Minerals, and P&O Ports (Australia).

Mr Brown is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1969 and has served in Tokyo, Ankara, Dhaka, Bonn, Tehran, Port Moresby, Nuku'Alofa and Lagos, the latter two as High Commissioner. In Canberra, Mr Brown worked in the Japan Section from 1975 to 1976 and the Transport and Commodities Section from 1981 to 1984. Mr Brown is currently Australia's High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus.

Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Queensland. He was born in Brisbane in 1944.

Media contacts:  Minister - Innes Willox (02) 6277 7500
Department - Matt Francis (02) 6261 1555

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