Australia appoints new Pacific Islands envoys

Oct 6, 2023 | Blog, Events, Pacific

John Feakes is Australia’s High Commissioner to PNG

John Feakes, new Australian High Commissioner to PNG

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has announced Mr. John Feakes as being appointed Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, reaffirming the deep-rooted and enduring relationship between the two nations.

Australia and PNG share a unique and robust partnership, characterized by a Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership that underlines their common values, profound historical and cultural ties, and mutual economic and security interests. Both nations are united in their commitment to fostering a peaceful, prosperous, and resilient region.

Mr. Feakes, a distinguished career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been entrusted with this crucial role. His extensive experience and diplomatic acumen make him a fitting choice for this important position. Prior to his appointment as High Commissioner to PNG, Mr. Feakes served as Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji.

Throughout his career, Mr. Feakes has garnered a wealth of international experience, including previous roles as Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya and Deputy High Commissioner and Counsellor in PNG. His diplomatic service has also taken him to the United States of America and the Philippines, where he contributed to advancing Australia’s diplomatic objectives.

The appointment of Mr. Feakes comes with a note of gratitude to the outgoing High Commissioner, Mr. Jon Philp, who has played a pivotal role in promoting Australia’s interests in PNG since 2020.

Paul Wilson Appointed Australia’s Ambassador to the Marshall Islands

Paul Wilson has been named as Australia’s next Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Mr. Paul Wilson has been named as Australia’s next Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, reinforcing the strong and enduring ties between the two nations within the Pacific family.

Australia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands share a robust relationship, characterised by longstanding defence and development cooperation. Their collaboration extends to advancing the interests of the Pacific and Small Island Developing States, reflecting a commitment to regional stability and prosperity.

Australia places high value on the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ leadership in key areas, including climate advocacy, oceans management and conservation, and the preservation of traditional culture. This partnership is a source of pride, particularly in the joint efforts to achieve economic development, climate change adaptation, maritime security, women’s empowerment, youth engagement, and educational scholarships within the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Mr. Wilson’s diplomatic career is marked by a wealth of experience and a commitment to strengthening international relations.

Before his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Wilson most recently served as the Deputy High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. His previous overseas postings include roles as Australia’s Consul-General in Noumea, as well as assignments in Geneva and Paris. Additionally, Mr. Wilson contributed to the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville, showcasing his dedication to peace and stability in the Pacific region.