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Appointment of World Trade Organization Ambassador

Simon Crean MP, Minister for Trade and Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Joint media release

1 March 2010

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Tim Yeend as Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

Mr Yeend will replace Peter Grey who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).

The WTO is the primary vehicle for Australia to advance its trade interests through the conclusion of the multilateral Doha Round.

Mr Yeend will keep up Australia’s significant efforts towards concluding the Round. His skills and experience includes more than three years at the Australian mission in Geneva until 2005.

Mr Yeend will take up his position in mid March ahead of a major stocktake of the progress of Doha negotiations at the end of March.

The WTO provides a binding system of rules for international trade and a dispute settlement process that enables members to take legal action when other members act inconsistently with their trading obligations.

Mr Yeend will also represent Australia’s interests in the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as the World Economic Forum which has its annual meeting in Davos each year.

Mr Yeend is a senior officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently First Assistant Secretary of the Office of Trade Negotiations. Mr Yeend is also Australia’s lead negotiator in the Trans Pacific Partnership and Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) FTA negotiations.

Mr Yeend holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the ANU. He is married and has two sons.

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