On Monday 3 December the Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) hosted a pre-posting consultation with H.E. Mr Peter Doyle, Australia’s incoming Ambassador to Ethiopia with non-resident accreditation to Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic, and the African Union.
The Addis Ababa post is a very important one with Ethiopia—Africa’s second largest country by population and one of the world’s fastest growing economies—undergoing significant political change, including reaching peace with neighbouring Eritrea in a move that is set to usher in a new era of regional dynamics in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti’s regional strategic importance has also increased in recent years with major powers establishing a footprint in the port, while South Sudan and CAR continue to seek stability following years of conflict.
In addition, the post is situated in Africa’s ‘diplomatic capital’, Addis Ababa, home of the African Union. The AU plays a central role in Africa’s regional and international relations and is pursuing Agenda 2063, the continent’s long-term integration and sustainable development blueprint.
Mr Doyle will be taking over from outgoing Ambassador Mark Sawers, with whom AfREC had a strong working relationship. AfREC looks forward to working with Mr Doyle on areas of mutual interest.
Link to Foreign Minister’s announcement of Mr Doyle’s posting: https://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2018/mp_mr_181121.aspx