Australia announces new High Commissioner to Bangladesh

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Jeremy Bruer as Australia's next High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

Australia and Bangladesh enjoy a warm and constructive relationship, founded on our strong community links, shared Commonwealth values and sporting ties.

Australia was one of the first nations to recognise Bangladesh's independence in 1971. Since that time, we have established a strong and growing economic relationship with two-way trade now valued at $2.4 billion annually.

Australia is working closely with Bangladesh on Indian Ocean regional issues, including providing humanitarian support to address the Rohingya Crisis, and strengthening further our education, trade and investment linkages.

Mr Bruer is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia Maritime Branch. He has previously served overseas as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates; High Commissioner to Vanuatu; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Riyadh; and Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

In Canberra he has served with DFAT as Assistant Secretary, Papua New Guinea and Fiji Branch; Director, Iraq Rehabilitation Unit, Iraq Task Force; Executive Officer, International Organisations Branch; and Executive Officer, Pacific Islands Branch.

Mr Bruer holds a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide.

I thank outgoing High Commissioner Julia Niblett for her contributions to advancing Australia's interests in Bangladesh since 2016.

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