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Updated: 08/27/2014 18:31 | By Channel NewsAsia

Singapore appoints High Commissioner to Australia

Singapore appoints High Commissioner to Australia

Singapore appoints High Commissioner to Australia

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Government has appointed Mr Burhan Gafoor as the Republic's High Commissioner to Australia, and he will assume ths post on Sep 8, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Aug 27).

Mr Gafoor joined the MFA in 1988 and served as Singapore's Chief Negotiator for Climate Change from May 2010 to July 2014. He also served as Press Secretary to former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong from 2002 to 2004.

Mr Gafoor was Singapore's Ambassador to France, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to the United Nations in Geneva, and the Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. 

Mr Gafoor also represented the Republic in various capacities in international organisations, said the MFA. He was the Chairman of the Special Session of the WTO's Committee on Trade and Development, and was elected President of the Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

He was also Governor for Singapore in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and Vice-Chairman of the Transitional Committee that designed the Green Climate Fund operationalised at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Mr Gafoor received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2001 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2013 from the Singapore Government. In 2011, the French Government awarded him a medal with the title of "Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite". - CNA/do

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