Émigré: New Consul General for Australians and new office for Vanuatu

(Official photo of Ms Michaela Browning)


Australia appoints new Consul General to Hong Kong

Almost half a year after former Australian Consul General Paul Tighe left the post, Canberra has appointed Michaela Browning as its next top envoy to Hong Kong.

Ms Browning is a business champion for Australia and she most recently served as Head of Investment, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). She has held a range of senior positions including Head of Established Markets and Special Adviser to the CEO on Strategy and China under Austrade and Senior Adviser to the then Defence and Foreign Ministers. Ms Browning was also a Trade Negotiator at the Doha Development Round and for the free trade agreements Australia negotiated with the USA and Singapore. She has previously served overseas in Thailand and Singapore.

Australian Acting Consul-General Ken Gordon said: “Ms Browning brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the important job of advancing Australia’s business and community interests in Hong Kong.”

Currently about 100,000 Australians live in Hong Kong while 960,000 Hong Kong people reside in Australia. In 2016, Australia was Hong Kong’s 19th largest trading partner, 13th largest market for domestic exports, 16th largest market for re-exports, and 23rd largest source of imports.

Pacific island nation strengthen presence in Hong Kong

Vanuatu became the first Pacific island nation to open an official consulate office in Hong Kong earlier this year – and the attendance list of opening ceremony showed the level of importance the Vanuatu Government attached to the occasio. On 27 February, 2017, the office was opened with the presence of the Head of the Vanuatu Government, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, who was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Bruno Leingkon and a delegation including Attorney General Kiel Loughman, the Director General in the Prime Minister’s Office, senior government officials and political advisors.

Chinese MFA Acting Commissioner Tong Xiaoling met with Andrew Leong on 24 March, 2017. Photo from MFA Commissioner Office.

Chinese MFA Acting Commissioner Tong Xiaoling met with Andrew Leong on 24 March, 2017. Photo from MFA Commissioner Office.

Andrew Leong, a prominent entrepreneur in Vanuatu, was appointed Consul General to Hong Kong in June last year to head the Vanuatu Trade Commission here, which is also the authorised representative of the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission.

 

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Alex Fok

Alex Fok

Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
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