Australia's Trade and Foreign Policy Priorities

Australia's Trade and Foreign Policy Priorities

WA
May 20

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Join CEDA for this unique insight into Australian foreign policy as the Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese AO, takes to the lectern for this exclusive keynote address.

Speakers

Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 

 Public event
 20/05/2013
 Argyle Ballroom, Parmelia Hilton, 14 Mill St, Perth, WA

 International Affairs
 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)

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Event overview

Join CEDA for this unique insight into Australian foreign policy as the Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Peter Varghese, takes to the lectern for this exclusive keynote address.

Australia - and in particular, Western Australia - has enormous potential to capitalise on the changing nature of the global landscape, with the shift in power towards Asia and the emergence of Africa. How will DFAT's policies advance our interests in these key markets?

In a wide-reaching presentation, Peter will outline the opportunities and challenges Australia will face in the context of:

  • Australia's role in the Indian Pacific and East Asian regions;
  • Trade links and agreements, particularly with China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Africa;
  • Australia hosting the G20 summit in 2014; and
  • Australia's involvement in the United Nations Security Council.

Meet the speaker

Peter Varghese AO, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr Varghese took up his position as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 3 December 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese was Australia's High Commissioner to India from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments. Before that he was the Senior Adviser (International) to the Prime Minister. Mr Varghese was Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2000 to 2002, and has also served in Tokyo, Washington and Vienna.

Mr Varghese has held a wide range of senior positions at DFAT in Canberra, including: Deputy Secretary; First Assistant Secretary of the International Security Division; Head of the White Paper Secretariat which drafted Australia's first white paper on foreign and trade policy; First Assistant Secretary of the Public Affairs Division; and Assistant Secretary of Staffing. He was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as First Assistant Secretary of the International Division.

Mr Varghese was born in 1956 in Kenya to Indian-born parents and migrated to Australia in 1964. Mr Varghese is a graduate and university medalist in history from the University of Queensland. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration, particularly in leading reform in the Australian intelligence community and as an adviser in the areas of foreign policy and international security.

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