The Minister for Foreign affairs, Kevin Rudd has today announced the appointment of Ms Sandra Vegting as Australia's new High Commissioner to Mauritius.
Ms Vegting replaces Ms Catherine Johnstone who has been High Commissioner since April 2007. She is expected to take up her appointment in January 2011.
Australia has a longstanding friendship with Mauritius and other Indian Ocean Island States.
Australia's links with Mauritius are based on a well-established trade relationship and strong cooperation in multilateral forums including the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mauritius is an important partner for Australia in addressing transnational crime issues in the Indian Ocean region, including illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing and in the fight against piracy.
There is also a significant Mauritian community in Australia, with approximately 20,000 first and second generation Mauritians living in Australia, and over 5,000 Mauritian students.
Ms Vegting is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently was Director, Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section — a position she has held since January 2009. Ms Vegting has extensive experience within the Department and has previously served overseas in Belgium, Egypt and Greece.
Ms Vegting holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and economics from Monash University. Ms Vegting speaks French.
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