Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner
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.