Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced that Mr Bob Tyson will be Australia's next Ambassador to Kuwait.
Mr Tyson is expected to take up his appointment next month, and will replace Mr Glenn Miles who has been Ambassador since December 2007.
Australia and Kuwait enjoy a warm and friendly relationship, underpinned by strong commercial ties.
Kuwait is one of Australia's major export markets in the Middle East, with good potential for considerable growth, including in goods, services and investment. Two-way merchandise trade was valued at over A$939 million in 2010-11.
Kuwaiti companies, such as Agility Logistics, Action Group Holdings and the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company are engaged in a diverse range of activities in Australia, including banking, commercial real estate, mining and logistics. Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, the Kuwait Investment Authority, has significant investments in Australia. Australian companies in Kuwait include Leightons, SMEC, and Worley Parsons.
Kuwait is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and has been a strong supporter of Australia's deepening engagement with the GCC.
Mr Tyson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Australia's Ambassador to Iraq, a position he held since August 2008. Mr Tyson has also served as Ambassador to Russia and Saudi Arabia, with earlier postings to Washington, Honolulu, Moscow, Bangkok and Wellington.
Mr Tyson holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in History and Political Science from the Australian National University. He is married with two children. Mr Tyson speaks Arabic.
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