Australia’s new Ambassador, HE Ms Jenny Dee, presented her credentials to the President of the Republic, HE Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina, at a ceremony at Ivaloha Palace, Antananarivo on Thursday 17 August 2017. HE Ms Dee succeeds Ms Susan Coles who recently returned to Australia.
“I look forward to further reinforcing cooperation between Australia and Madagascar in the areas of extractives, health, blue economy, climate change and environment, education, women empowerment and gender equality. I would also like to explore cooperation in agriculture and food security, research and innovation” Ms Dee said.
The friendly ties between our two island nations were further strengthened by the visit of Australia’s Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop in September 2014 and the landmark first ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) commemorative ceremony held at the Diego Suarez Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in April this year.
Over the last few years, there has been increased interest in developing other emerging economic pillars such as the Blue Economy and I look forward to building new partnerships between Australian and Madagascar institutions to support sustainable development” said Ms Dee.
As big island nations, our two countries share many similarities based on economic pillars including extractives, tourism and agriculture
Australian skills and expertise are well-placed to meet Madagascar’s growing needs. Innovation and research feature high on the Australian Government’s agenda and Australian institutions like the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are looking at developing partnerships in Madagascar particularly under the blue economy and blue carbon initiatives.
Australia is committed to working closely with Indian Ocean Islands States on maritime security, economic growth and sustainable development, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA),
Australia’s flagship scholarship program, the Australia Awards, is continuing to support Madagascar sustainable socio-economic development by building capacity in key sectors of the economy including in extractives, agriculture and public policy. The University of Queensland will deliver its short course in Local economics and Social Development in Extractives in Madagascar from 24 September to 13 October 2017.
Through its Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Embassy continues to support local development projects in several regions of Madagascar targeting poverty alleviation, access to clean water supply, health, education, women's empowerment and rural development.
Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 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.