Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the appointment of Mr Greg Wilcock as Australia's next High Commissioner to the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Mr Wilcock is expected to take up his appointment later this month, replacing Dr Justin Lee.
Mr Wilcock is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including as a Director in DFAT's Middle East Branch. Mr Wilcock has served in Washington and Jakarta, and was on the team that established Australia's Embassy in East Timor.
Mr Wilcock studied politics and international relations at the Australian National University and Monash University. Mr Wilcock is married, and he and his wife have two young sons.
In 2012, Australia and Bangladesh mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Australia was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Bangladesh after it achieved independence in 1971.
Senator Carr said Australia's bilateral trade with Bangladesh had trebled over the past three years, to A$832 million in 2010-11. Australian companies are active in Bangladesh's mining, natural gas, garment and education sectors.
Australia works closely with Bangladesh on development assistance programs, with $92 million in 2011-12 for local projects including in education, health, and 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.
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