Australia’s new Ambassador, HE Ms Jenny Dee, presented her credentials to the President of the Union of Comoros, HE Mr Azali Assoumani, at a ceremony at Beit Salam, Moroni on Thursday 17 May 2018.
Commenting on her priorities as Australia’s new Ambassador, Ms Dee said: “Australia and Comoros enjoy friendly relations and I look forward to continue our engagement in building cooperation between Australia and the Comoros in areas of common interest. As member states of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), we share common priorities like blue economy, maritime security and women’s economic development.”
Australia is committed to working closely with the Indian Ocean Islands States on maritime security, economic growth and sustainable development. Our programs will continue to have a strong focus on advancing gender equality, women economic empowerment, improving health access and promoting good governance and human rights in the Comoros.
Australia is a significant donor to UN agencies, World Bank and IMF, which delivers programs that benfit Indian Ocean countries including Comoros. Australia's flagship scholarship program, the Australia Awards, is continuing to support sustainable socio-economic development by building capacity in key sectors including in ocean governance and public policy. Since 2012, more than 20 Comorian professionals have benefitted from short course scholarships under the program.
The Australian Embassy also supports development in Anjouan, Grande Comore and Moheli through its community grants’ Direct Aid Program (DAP). Projects target poverty alleviation, health, women’s economic empowerment, governance and human rights. The Australian Government is also pleased to support the Australian NGO, Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) who undertakes specialised orthopaedic surgeries and trains medical personnel in Grande Comore.
Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In Canberra Ms Dee has held a range of positions in DFAT, including as Director, Sri Lanka and Maldives Section; India Political and Regional Section; and Indonesia Economic and Transnational Issues Section. She has served overseas at Australia's missions in Jakarta and Harare.
Ms Dee holds a Master of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Business (Journalism) from the Queensland University of Technology. She is married with two children.
Ms Dee succeeds Ms Susan Coles.
17 May 2018