Diplomatic Appointment - Ambassador to the UAE

Media release: Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP

Brisbane

7 January 2012

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced that Mr Pablo Kang will be Australia's next Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with non-resident accreditation to the State of Qatar.

Mr Kang is expected to take up his appointment this month and will replace Mr Doug Trappett who has been Ambassador since September 2009.

Australia has an increasingly close and constructive relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE continues to be a strong supporter of Australia's regional objectives, including hosting the Australian Defence Force's headquarters in the Middle East.

The UAE is Australia's largest merchandise trade partner in the Middle East with two-way trade at over A$5.3 billion in 2010-11. Australian investment in the UAE was worth A$1.060 billion in 2010. The UAE supports Australia's efforts to conclude a GCC-Australia-Free Trade Agreement, which will provide new trade and investment opportunities for Australian firms. Over 15,000 Australians live and work in the UAE and more than 600 Australian companies do business there.

Australia has a friendly and growing relationship with Qatar centred around commercial ties. Two-way trade was valued at $793 million in 2010-11. Around 3,000 Australians are resident in Qatar.

Mr Kang is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was recently Assistant Secretary, International Organisations Branch. Overseas, Mr Kang served as High Commissioner to Vanuatu from 2009 until 2010, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor, Australian Embassy Manila from 2006 until 2008, and an earlier posting to London.

Mr Kang holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University. He is married with one son.

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