The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP


Media Release

FA191 - 20 December 2002

Appointment of APEC Ambassador

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer and Minister for Trade Mark Vaile today announced the appointment of Dr Geoff Raby as Australia's Ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), succeeding Ms Pamela Fayle in the position.

As Ambassador for APEC, Dr Raby will have responsibility for representing and guiding Australia's interests in APEC forums. APEC is the primary forum in the region promoting trade and investment liberalisation, and business facilitation including through practical economic and technical cooperation. Around 70 per cent of Australia's merchandise exports are destined for markets in APEC economies.

Dr Raby is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was appointed Deputy Secretary in November 2002. Other positions held include First Assistant Secretary, International Organisations and Legal Division (2001-2002); First Assistant Secretary, Trade Negotiations Division (1995-98); and Head of the East Asia Analytical Unit (1991-93). He has also held positions as trade policy adviser to the Minister for Trade (1993) and in the Office of National Assessments (1984-86).

Overseas, Dr Raby served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva (1998-2001), Head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD in Paris (1993-95) and Counsellor (Economic) in Beijing (1988-91).

Educated at La Trobe University, Dr Raby holds a Bachelor of Economics degree with honours, a Master of Economics degree and is a Doctor of Philosophy. He is married and has one daughter.

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


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