The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
 FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

Media Release

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
9 November 2000

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Mauritius

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Jeffrey Scougall as High Commissioner for Australia to the Republic of Mauritius, with concurrent accreditation to Seychelles and Comoros.  He is expected to take up his appointment in January 2001 

Mr Scougall will replace Mr Christopher Marchant, who has been High Commissioner since June 1997.

Australia has longstanding friendly relations with Mauritius and other Indian Ocean Island States.  Australia's links with Mauritius are based on trade, a significant Mauritian community in Australia and cooperation in multilateral fora, including the Commonwealth, the UN and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC).

Australian merchandise exports to Mauritius exceed $100M and opportunities, including in services trade and investment, are increasing as the economy diversifies. Australia is a growing destination for private students from Mauritius and other regional countries.

Mr Scougall has been the Queensland State Director for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 1997 and was Director, Japan Section (1991-94).  Overseas, he has served as First Secretary in Tokyo (1980-83), Counsellor in Tokyo (1987-91) and Counsellor in Seoul (1994-97).

Mr Scougall joined the then Department of Trade in 1972 and was Assistant Director of both the South East Asia Section (1979-80) and the Meat and Wool Section (1983-85), and was Director of the Dairy and Horticulture Section (1985-87).

Mr Scougall was educated at the University of Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree.  He is also a Graduate of the Queensland Teachers' College and is married with three sons.

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