In July, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr officially opened Australia’s Consulate-General in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province.
The Consulate will help identify and build on opportunities for Australian businesses by providing a direct link to a region of more than 190 million people, Mr Carr said.
Ms Nancy Gordon has been appointed to head up the new consulate in Chengdu.
Ms Gordon is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
She has previously served overseas as Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Japan, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in China and Vice-Consul at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. She was most recently the Department’s Director of the Trade Advocacy and Statistics Section.
Ms Gordon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Applied Japanese from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. She speaks Mandarin and Japanese.
The Chengdu Consulate-General will cover Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.
The Consulate will help identify and build on opportunities for Australian businesses by providing a direct link to a region containing more than 190 million people.
Many Australian companies, including BlueScope Steel, ANZ and Cochlear, are already active in western China. In February this year, Sichuan Airlines commenced direct flights between Chengdu and Melbourne.
The Chengdu Consulate-General will cover Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and Chongqing municipality.
The launch marks Australia’s fourth consulate in Greater China, with existing consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong and an embassy in Beijing. ■