FA13 / 29 January 2002
Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to Brazil
I have today announced the appointment of Mr John Sullivan as Australian
Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Mr Sullivan
will replace Mr Garry Conroy, who has been Ambassador since May 1998,
and is expected to take up his appointment in May 2002.
Brazil is Australia's oldest diplomatic partner and largest trading
partner in Latin America, with two-way trade totalling A$1.19 billion
in 2001-02. While Australia's exports remain dominated by coal,
they are now diversifying well in response to the opening of the Brazilian
economy over recent years. The second largest export after coal, for
example, is passenger motor vehicles. Australian businesses
are active in a variety of sectors in Brazil including processed foods,
financial services, infrastructure, construction, entertainment and
telecommunications. Brazil is also the largest source of foreign
students for Australian education institutions in Latin America.
Australian investment remains strongest in the mining and resources
Brazil's importance as the largest economy in Latin America has been
augmented by its membership of the Mercosur free trade area (comprising
Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and increasingly by the move
towards a Free Trade Area of the Americas arrangement.
Through the CER-Mercosur framework and through increased bilateral
contact, Australia and Brazil are actively seeking to explore ways
to facilitate and enhance trade between the two countries and regions.
Australia and Brazil share a number of trade and foreign policy goals
and have worked closely together over many years to advance their
mutual interests. This has been most notable in the context
of the Cairns Group of agricultural traders, on a range of international
security issues and on international environmental issues. As
a Lusophone country, Brazil has cooperated closely with Australia
in East Timor.
Mr Sullivan is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade and has served in Colombo, Saigon, Brasilia, Port
Moresby, Athens and Bonn. In addition, he served as Australian
High Commissioner in Nicosia (1994-97).
In2000-2001 Mr Sullivan was Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Policy Branch,
and in1999-2000 Assistant Secretary, Locally Engaged Staff Management
Review Project. He has also served as Director in Africa Section
(1998-99), Overseas Resources Section (1992-94), West Europe Section
(1990-91), Multilateral Disarmament Section (1983-86), Japan Section
(1979-80), Papua New Guinea Section (1978-79) and Cultural Exchanges
Section (1975-76). Mr Sullivan was Head of Protocol (1970) and
State Director in the Victorian Office of the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (1997-98).
Mr Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of
Queensland, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Economics from the University
of Canberra, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from
Griffith University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Deakin
Born in Queensland in 1946, Mr Sullivan is married with two children.
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