FA14 / 29 January 2002
Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to the Philippines
I have today announced the appointment of Ms Ruth Pearce as Australian
Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Ms Pearce will
replace Mr John Buckley who has been Ambassador since March 1999.
She is expected to take up her position in May 2002.
Australia and the Philippines enjoy longstanding and close relations,
underpinned by strong people-to-people links. The Filipino community
in Australia is now estimated to be in excess of 150,000. The Philippines
and Australia share many common interests and we value our cooperation
in regional affairs such as ASEAN, APEC and our joint contribution
in East Timor. Both countries also share a high level of cooperation
as members of the Cairns Group. The Philippines is a very important
development partner, ranking fourth largest as a recipient of Australian
development assistance. Our defence relationship continues
to expand and Australia is now a significant external source of
training assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Bilateral trade has continued to grow, even amidst the post September
11 global economic slowdown. Total two-way trade in FY 2000-01 amounted
to A$2.013 billion. Australia’s major exports to the Philippines
include dairy products, crude petroleum, live animals, copper and
coal. Our major imports from the Philippines include computers,
integrated circuits, equipment for distributing electricity, telecommunications
equipment and radio-broadcast receivers. Both countries are
actively exploring ways to expand the trade relationship further.
Ms Pearce is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade and is currently Ambassador to the Russian Federation.
She has also served as High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands
(1992-94); Australian Delegate, UN Commission on Human Rights, Geneva
and UN General Assembly’s Third Committee (1984-88); Second Secretary
in Tel Aviv (1978-82); and Third Secretary in Dhaka (1974-76).
In Canberra, Ms Pearce held the position of First Assistant Secretary
in Corporate Management Division (1997-99); International Organisations
and Legal Division (1996-97); and Americas and Europe Division (1995-96).
She was also Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch
(1994-95); Director, Multilateral Trade Division (1989-91); and
Executive Officer, Corporate Management Division (1982-84).
Educated at the University of Melbourne, Ms Pearce holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree with honours.
Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:30:50 EST