The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd has today announced that Mr
Chris Barrett will be Australia's next Ambassador and Permanent
Representative to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) in Paris.
Mr Barrett is expected to take up his appointment in July 2011. He
replaces Mr Chris Langman who has been Ambassador and Permanent
Representative since January 2008.
The OECD is at the forefront of international cooperation to promote
economic development based on sound economic principles and policy.
Australia places a high priority on OECD work to assess practical options
in areas such as fiscal consolidation, balanced and sustained economic
growth, and the linkage between economic growth and structural reform.
Australia benefits significantly from participation in the OECD's work in
areas such as trade, agriculture, the environment and climate change,
health, education, employment and innovation. The OECD committee network
provides Australia with a unique opportunity to benefit from the
experiences of a wide range of countries and to promote Australia's
thinking on economic policy and issues such as trade reform.
The OECD has considerable expertise in analysing many of the aspects of
public policy that need to be addressed to ensure continued recovery and
growth after the financial crisis.
Mr Barrett is currently the Australia Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars, Washington DC. Prior to this, he was
Chief of Staff to Treasurer Wayne Swan from 2007 to 2010.
Mr Barrett served in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from
2003 to 2007, culminating in the position of Deputy Secretary of the Policy
and Cabinet Group. He has also worked as a management consultant with the
Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne. Mr Barrett has Masters degrees from
Princeton University (public policy) and the University of Melbourne
(international relations) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor
of Arts also from the University of Melbourne.
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