The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd has today announced that Dr
Stephen Henningham will be Australia's new High Commissioner to Samoa.
Dr Henningham is expected to take up his appointment in January 2011, and
he replaces Matt Anderson who has been High Commissioner since January
Australia and Samoa share a close bilateral relationship that continues to
strengthen through increasing levels of development assistance, trade and
investment and defence cooperation. Our strong people-to-people links are
demonstrated by the sizeable Samoan community resident in Australia and the
steady increase in Australian tourists visiting Samoa.
Australia values Samoa's strong record as an effective and responsible
development partner. Samoa was the first country with which Australia
signed a Pacific Partnership for Development in 2008, and a Pacific
Security Partnership in 2010. Through the Partnership for Development,
Australia is providing assistance to support private sector-led growth and
employment, improve health, education and governance, and manage the impact
of climate change.
Australia cooperates with Samoa in maritime surveillance and resources
protection under the Pacific Patrol Boat program. Australia also supports
the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre, which brings together
Pacific law enforcement, customs and immigration agencies in combating
Dr Henningham is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade and is currently Director, Fiji and Strongim Gavman Program
Section, a position he has held since June 2007. Dr Henningham has
extensive experience within the Department and has previously served
overseas in Ho Chi Minh City, Bougainville, Port Moresby and Noumea. He is
also the author of academic works on the history and politics of the
Pacific islands region.
Dr Henningham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in history from
the University of New South Wales and a PhD in South Asian Studies from the
Australian National University. He is married to Catherine Cregan; they
have three adult children.
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