Australia announces new High Commissioner to Vanuatu

Australia's newly-appointed Head of Mission in Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. Photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australia’s newly-appointed High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. Photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced the appointment of Ms Jenny Da Rin as the new Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu.

As a former Assistant Director General of the Australia Government’s now defunct international development agency, AusAID, the development challenges Vanuatu faces will be familiar territory for Ms Da Rin. AusAID was merged with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2013.

Ms. Da Rin will be responsible for managing Australia’s bilateral relationship with Vanuatu, which is substantial. Australia provides more than 50% of tourists to Vanuatu, and in 2015, Australian businesses invested Vt8.9 billion in the country. Australia is also Vanuatu’s largest bilateral donor, contributing Vt4.85 billion in development assistance during the last financial year. Australia also gave just under Vt4 billion in recovery assistance after Cyclone Pam devastated the country in 2015.

Ms Da Rin replaces the outgoing High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer, and will be taking up her post as head of mission in Port Vila in January 2017.