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Ambassadors paid a two-day visit to Darwin (Northern Territory)

 

The Ambassador of HM the King to Australia, Mr. Karim MEDREK has taken part to the two day visit paid by a delegation of Ambassadors alongside the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop to Darwin (Northern Territory).

Indeed, the Ambassador along with 70 Heads of Mission accredited to Canberra have participated in this visit organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in order to prospect the opportunities provided by the Northern Territory, which is the third largest Australian Federal Division known for its dynamic mining and agriculture sector in addition to its outstanding tourism sector, largely due to the NT’s iconic destinations as well as its charming and diverse landscapes.

In this regard, HE the Ambassador visited with the group some leading agricultural research facilities, Beatrice Hill Buffalo Farm (Australia’s only Buffalo research and development facility) and Coastal Plains Research Farm, where breeding programs and innovations in agricultural and horticultural research give an added value and expertise to local producers.

Moreover, at the initiative of NT’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner, the delegation of Ambassadors attended a trade and investment showcase for local businesses and held discussions with them on their products.

Besides, Mr. Medrek and his colleagues got introduced, during this visit, to the NT's unique wildlife, including viewing crocodiles in their natural habitat, before visiting some important academic and scientific centers. In this respect, the delegation paid a visit to Charles Darwin University where they received explanations on the improvement of tropical health and the protection of the environment.

The Delegation of Heads of Mission has also seized this occasion to visit the Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre which enhances Australia’s capacity to provide clinical and academic leadership in disaster and trauma care (especially when it comes to cyclones and disasters in the pacific island countries).

The program also included a harbour view tour of the Ichthys LNG Project, one of the world's most significant oil and gas mega-projects, and a visit to Larrakeyah Barracks, to see first-hand Australia's military assets and capabilities.

It is worth recalling that this event comes within the framework of the annual visits organized by the DFAT for the Heads of Mission accredited in Canberra. In this sense, this delegation has also been previously accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop to cities such as: Cairns (2017), Hobart(2016), Adelaide (2015) or Perth (2014).