Australia To Meet With Croatia To Strengthen Bilateral Relations
I will visit Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia from 9 to 15 July 2017 to strengthen bilateral relations and advance Australia’s economic and security interests in the region.
This year Croatia and Australia celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations. I will meet President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric to discuss ways to build on our good bilateral relations, our strong people-to-people links and promote opportunities for Australian exporters.
I will also attend an event at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, to promote the participation of young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
I will be the first Australian Foreign Minister to make an official visit to both Croatia and FYROM.
During my visit to FYROM, I will meet Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. I will also meet with an NGO working with Australian Government support to help end violence against women.
In Serbia, I will meet Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic to discuss our strong bilateral relations and growing trade relations. I will also meet with Australian businesses working in the region to discuss opportunities for increased cooperation, including in mining, as well as promote our efforts on women’s economic empowerment with a local NGO partner.
During my time in Serbia, I will visit and receive a briefing on the Glac Archaeology Project, in which the University of Sydney is a leading partner.
Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.
Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister Bishop has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years, introduced the New Colombo Plan to support Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region, and established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop bold and creative solutions to long standing development challenges.
She has strengthened Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships and enhanced Australia’s engagement with Pacific Island countries, including normalising relations with Fiji, leading international recovery and reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu and establishing a school of government in Papua New Guinea.
Minister Bishop promoted Australia’s interests at the United Nations Security Council, playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues. Prior to this, Minister Bishop was Minister for Ageing.
Minister Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
Before entering Parliament Minister Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.
Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers.
[Source: Australia Minister for Foreign Affairs -/- Media Relations]
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