Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Trade - Joint Statement
May 25, 2000
Appointment of APEC Ambassador
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and the Minister for Trade, Mr Mark Vaile, today announced the appointment of Ms Pamela Fayle as Australia's Ambassador for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), succeeding Ms Joanna Hewitt following her appointment as Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg.
As Ambassador for APEC, Ms Fayle will have responsibility for representing Australia's interests with APEC members. APEC work covers a wide range of trade and economic issues, and is the pre-eminent forum for economic co-operation in the Asia-Pacific region. Around 70% of Australia's merchandise exports are destined for APEC economies.
Ms Fayle was appointed Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2000. Prior to taking up this position she was Head of the Department's Market Development Division (1997-2000) and Senior Official for ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) dialogue with Australia and New Zealand as well as Senior Official for Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation dialogue.
A Graduate of the Australian National University in both Economics and Asian Studies, she has spent a large part of her career working on economic and trade policy development, with a particular focus on Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific. This has included a posting to the Australian Embassy in Tokyo (1988-91) and terms as Head of the East Asia Analytical Unit (1993-94), and as Head of the Trade and Economic Analysis Branch of the Department (1996-97). In 1998, she co-chaired the APEC Electronic Commerce Task Force.