The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP


Media Release

FA168 - 14 November 2002

Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to Germany

I have today announced the appointment of Ms Pamela Fayle as Australian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany with concurrent accreditation to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Ms Fayle will replace Mr Paul O'Sullivan, who has been Ambassador since April 1999.

Australia's relationship with Germany is one of Australia's warmest and most significant bilateral relationships. Australia has wide-ranging dialogue and cooperation with Germany, which is the world's third-largest economy and a central player in European and global economic and security structures. Germany ranks ninth among Australia's trading partners and seventh among sources of foreign investment. Germany has been a significant source of migrants to Australia. Germans and Australians have wide-ranging interest in each other's culture. Australia is one of the most popular overseas destinations for German tourists and students. The Government is keen to expand existing links with Germany, including in traditional and new commercial spheres.

The Government is also working to deepen links with Switzerland, the eighth-largest foreign investor in Australia and an important participant in international fora, particularly now it is a member of the United Nations.

Ms Fayle was appointed Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2000 and Ambassador for APEC in May 2000. She is currently chair of the Commission for International Cultural Promotion and acts as the Government alternate member on the Boards of EFIC and Austrade. Prior to taking up these positions 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. She was also Senior Official for Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation dialogue.

Ms Fayle is a Graduate of the Australian National University in Economics and Asian Studies. She has spent a large part of her career working on economic and trade policy development. 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).

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Lyndall Sachs (Departmental) +61 02 6261 1555


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