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Diplomatic appointment - High Commissioner to Nauru

8 September 2010

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Bruce Cowled as Australia's High Commissioner to Nauru.

Mr Cowled replaces Mr George Fraser who has been High Commissioner since January 2010 and previously Consul-General and Special Representative to Nauru from November 2007.

Mr Cowled is expected to take up his appointment in November 2010.

Australia enjoys warm and cooperative relations with Nauru and is its key trade, investment and development assistance partner. There are close people to people links. Reflecting this, the Australian Government upgraded its representation in Nauru to that of a High Commission in August 2009.

Nauru is an active partner with Australia in the Pacific Islands Forum and other regional organisations.

The Australia-Nauru Partnership for Development was signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns on 7 August 2009. The Partnership is a shared basis for close cooperation to improve the lives of the people of Nauru and to make progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Mr Cowled is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, Consular Information Assistance Project, a position he has held since 2009.

Mr Cowled has extensive experience within DFAT and has previously served overseas as Consul-General and Head of Post, Bali. He has also served in Brunei Darussalam, Chicago, Chile, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and San Francisco.

Mr Cowled holds the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Advanced Diploma from Deakin University. He is married with three children.

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