Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Todd Mercer would be Australia’s next High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.
Mr Mercer will take up his appointment in August 2012, replacing Mr Mark Sawers who has been High Commissioner since February 2009.
He is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is currently Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Mexico. Prior to this, he was Director, WTO Regional and Free Trade Agreements Section. Mr Mercer served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Chile and Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Mexico.
Mr Mercer holds a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma of Arts from Monash University.
Australia and Brunei Darussalam share strong links in trade, law enforcement and agriculture. Australia is also the second largest provider of education services to Bruneians studying overseas and has a long-standing defence relationship with Brunei, including strategic dialogue and regular bilateral military exercises.
Two-way trade between Australia and Brunei totalled A$1.3 billion in 2010-11. Australia is now the 3rd largest export market for Brunei, with crude oil imports to Australian a significant part of this trade.
Australia and Brunei are partners in the East Asia Summit (EAS), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional forum, and the bi-annual Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) interregional forum. Australia looks forward to enhancing regional engagement with Brunei, particularly as Brunei assumes the chair of ASEAN and will host the EAS in 2013.
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