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Media release

12 January 2010

Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to Nauru

Reflecting enhanced bilateral relations and the recent upgrade of Australia's diplomatic mission in Nauru from a Consulate-General to a High Commission, Mr George Fraser will become Australia's resident High Commissioner to Nauru.

Australia enjoys good relations with Nauru and is its key trade, investment and development assistance partner.

Nauru, one of the world’s smallest independent, democratic states, is an active partner with Australia in the Pacific Islands Forum and other key international organisations such as the United Nations, where it is currently Chair of the Group of Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

Prime Minister Rudd and President Stephen signed the Australia-Nauru Partnership for Development at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns on 7 August 2009.

The Partnership establishes our shared vision to work together in close cooperation to raise the standard of living of the people of Nauru and to make progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

In 2009-10 the Australian Government will provide up to $23 million in Official Development Assistance to Nauru. This includes bilateral funding under the Partnership, as well as AusAID regional programs and activities managed by the Australian Federal Police.

Mr Fraser is an experienced officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has been Australia’s Consul-General and Special Representative to Nauru since 2007.

Overseas, Mr Fraser has served as well in Taipei, Bali, Vientiane, Manila, Bangkok and Accra.

Mr Fraser was born in 1950 and was educated in Sydney. He is married with one daughter.

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