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Consulate opened in Skopje Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)



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NEWS RELEASE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

D34 1 May 1998

CONSULATE OPENED IN SKOPJE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (FYROM)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today announced the appointment of an Honorary Consul to head a new Australian Consulate in Skopje in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

The Consulate was opened today by The Hon. Philip Ruddock, MP, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, during his visit to the region. He presented Mr Kostovski with his Certificate of Appointment signed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP. The Australian flag now flies in a prominent position in Skopje.

The Honorary Consul, Mr Zoran Kostovski, 40, was bom in Skopje and is fluent in English. He spent 1994 at Swinburne University, Melbourne, as an APTEA exchange student and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. In 1995 Mr Kostovski returned to Skopje and established his own company, MOTIVA, a management consulting, education and training centre, of which he is Managing Director.

Mr Kostovski is President of the Australian-Macedonian Friendship Association and his appointment is a valuable forward step for Australia’s bilateral relationship with FYROM. Australia recognised FYROM as an independent state in 1994 and established diplomatic relations in 1996.

Australia has a sizeable Macedonian population and the Consulate will fulfil a need to promote cultural, political and commercial prospects as well as providing a high level of consular assistance to more than 3,000 Australian citizens that it is estimated live in FYROM.

Information about Australian immigration and visa issues as well as visa application forms will also be available at the Consulate. ·

FYROM imports significant quantities of Australian wool and hides and is a potential market for raw sugar as well as Australian technology and expertise including opportunities for Australian bidders for World Bank projects in transportation, telecommunications, energy and education. The appointment of the Honorary Consul in Skopje will assist in realising these markets.

The Consulate is located at:

- Londonska lib

91000 SKOPJE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Tel. (380 91) 361 114 Fax. (389 91) 361 834 email - motiva® lotus.mpt.com.mk

Canberra, 1 May 1998

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