6 October 2011
New Consul-General gets down to business
Australia’s new Consul-General, Mr Paul Tighe, has officially taken up his duties in Hong Kong.
Mr Tighe said he was honoured to be Australia’s representative in Hong Kong, a city with which Australia has extensive business and commercial interests but also strong community links. Around 80,000 Australians live, work, and study in Hong Kong while a similar number of Hong Kong citizens have made Australia their home.
“Two-way trade in goods and services between Australia and Hong Kong totalled A$7.9 billion (HK$59.3 billion) during 2010,” Mr Tighe said, “and strong people-to-people and institutional links underpin the relationship between our communities.
“I look forward to contributing to this strong association, while my wife Diane and I experience the cultural vibrancy which makes Hong Kong one of the world’s great cities,” he added.
Australia has had permanent diplomatic or trade representation in Hong Kong for more than 60 years. It was one of the first countries to formally agree with the Chinese Government on the establishment of a Consulate-General ahead of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
Mr Tighe, is a senior career diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previous postings as Ambassador to Greece (2005-2008), and as Deputy Head of Mission in Bangkok and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (1998-2001). He has also served overseas as Counsellor in the Australian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris from 1991 to 1995.
Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Tighe worked in the Australian Treasury; the Secretariat of the OECD; and the Industries Assistance Commission.
Educated at the University of New South Wales, Mr Tighe holds a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours. He enjoys music, cinema and ‘playing golf poorly’.
Mr Tighe is accompanied on his assignment in Hong Kong by his wife Diane. Diane enjoys cuisine, travel, ballet and theatre.
CONSULATE-GENERAL MEDIA CONTACT:
Mr Gavin McDougall Tel: +852 2585 4418 or 6473 8885
Ms Simmy Lam Tel: +852 2585 4482 or 9211 8937