I have today announced the appointment of Mr Noel Campbell as Australian
Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with concurrent accreditation
to the State of Qatar.
Mr Campbell will replace Mr John Hines, who has been Ambassador
to the United Arab Emirates since May 1999.
Australia's relations with the United Arab Emirates have grown
strongly in recent years. Over 4,000 Australians reside in the
United Arab Emirates and around 70 Australian companies have offices
in the country.
The Government is committed to maximising commercial opportunities
for Australian companies there. Exports to the United Arab Emirates
reached A$1,271 million in 2001 - a 25.8 per cent rise on the previous
year. The United Arab Emirates is an important market for passenger
motor vehicles, alumina and food products. It is a potentially
significant source of investment for Australia, and expanding air
links have facilitated strong growth in tourist traffic.
The Government also recognises the strategic importance and influence
of the United Arab Emirates, including as a fellow member of the
Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.
Mr Campbell is senior career officer of the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade and served most recently as Australia's Ambassador
to Yugoslavia, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
(1994-97). His previous overseas postings included Buenos Aires,
Geneva and Washington.
In Canberra, Mr Campbell has held a range of policy positions including
Deputy Legal Adviser (1997-98) and Director, Environmental Agreements
Section (1992-94). Since 1998 he has served as Chef de Cabinet in
the office of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy
Agency in Vienna.
Mr Campbell graduated from the Australian National University with
a BA (Political Science) and LLB. He also holds an MA (International
Relations) from the University of Oklahoma. He is married with three
Mr Campbell is expected to take up his appointment in July 2002.
Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 6277 7500 / Lyndall
Sachs (Departmental) 02-6261 1555