Australia announces new High Commissioner for Nigeria

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Today I announce the appointment of John Donnelly as the next Australian High Commissioner for Nigeria. Mr. Donnelly is also accredited in Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger, and Gambia.

Australia values ​​the leadership that Nigeria and its people play in international affairs, including in Africa. Our joint membership in the Commonwealth and the United Nations supports human rights, democracy and development around the world. Australia supports Nigeria’s counter-terrorism and combating violent extremism efforts.

Nigeria is a major trading partner for Australia in Africa with two-way trade totaling $ 800 million in 2018-19. We look forward to further expanding our economic relationships as we recover from COVID-19. Australia’s economic involvement in Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger and Gambia is also increasing, particularly in the mining and oil and gas sectors.

Mr. Donnelly is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently in the multilateral economics department. Previously, he served overseas as a mission leader in Nauru, Amman and Jakarta.

Mr. Donnelly holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

I am grateful to outgoing High Commissioner Claire Ireland for advancing Australia’s interests in Nigeria since 2019.

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