Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Jeremy Bruer as Australia's next High Commissioner to Vanuatu.
Mr Bruer is expected to take up his appointment in October 2012, replacing Mr Jeffrey Roach OAM.
Mr Bruer is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Papua New Guinea and Fiji Branch, a position he has held since November 2009.
From 2005 until 2009, he was Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Mr Bruer has also served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Saudi Arabia and Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea. He has undertaken short-term missions as Acting High Commissioner to Nauru and Deputy High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands.
Mr Bruer holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Melbourne.
Australia has a close relationship with Vanuatu, with a focus on tourism, domestic security, business links and development assistance.
Australia's aid program in Vanuatu will be around $73 million in 2012-13, supporting malaria eradication, rural road projects and increased primary school enrolments.
Australia and Vanuatu also cooperate closely on regional and international issues, including through the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Commonwealth and the United Nations.
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