Australian diplomat McAnulty named new Consul General in HCM City

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Mr John James McAnulty will be Australia’s next Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd announced Sunday via the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Mr McAnulty is expected to take up his appointment this month to replace Mr Graeme Swift who has held the position in the Vietnamese city since September 2008.

The announcement says Mr McAnulty is a senior career officer of the department. He was until recently Minister-Counsellor (Management) and Consul-General, Australian Embassy, Beijing, a position he held from December 2008.

He has served as Minister-Counsellor (Management) and Consul General, Australian Embassy Washington (2005-08) and Counsellor (Management) later Minister Counsellor and Consul General, Australian Embassy Jakarta (1998-2002) with earlier postings to Suva, Honolulu, Riyadh, Geneva, Beirut, Belgrade and Manila, according to the department.

Mr McAnulty joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1970. He is married with one child.

Vietnam is now one of Australia’s most important partners in the Asia-Pacific region, with bilateral trade valued at $6.1 billion in 2010-11, and major exports to Vietnam including wheat, gold and copper, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says.

Total bilateral trade has grown at an average of 10 per cent per year over the last decade, and Australia is now Vietnam’s fifth largest merchandise export destination, according to the department.

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