New High Commissioner to Bangladesh announced
Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced the appointment of Greg Wilcock as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, replacing Justin Lee.
Expected to take up his position later this month, Wilcock is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and has worked as a Director in DFAT’s Middle East Branch.
He has also served in Washington and Jakarta and was on the team that established the Australian embassy in East Timor.
Wilcock studied politics and international relations at the Australian National University and Monash University.
Australia and Bangladesh mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2012, with Australia one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Bangladesh after it achieved independence in 1971.
Australia’s bilateral trade with Bangladesh has trebled over the past three years, growing to $832 million in 2010-11, with Australian companies active in Bangladesh’s mining, natural gas, garment, and education sectors.
Australia also works closely with Bangladesh on development assistance programs. Over $90 million went to local projects in 2011-12, including education, health, the supply of safe drinking water, and sanitation.
Australia and Bangladesh also pursue cooperation through the international arena on global and regional interests, including climate change, people smuggling, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping.