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Mr Kerin opens Australian Consulate in Pacific Russia



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23 November 1992 1511 No. Date: MR KERIN OPENS AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE IN PACIFIC RUSSIA

Australia's first Consulate in Pacific Russia (formerly known as the Russian Far East) was opened in Vladisvostok today by the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, John Kerin.

Mr Kerin also announced the appointment of Mr Vladimir Gavriliuk as Honorary Consul to head the Vladisvostok office, which will be supervised from the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

Mr Kerin said that the establishment of the Vladivostok Consulate was a practical demonstration of Australia's interest in strengthening its links with Russia.

"The new office will strengthen Australia's official, commercial and public presence in Pacific Russia, an area attracting increasing numbers of business visitors and tourists," Mr Kerin said.

"The Consulate will answer visa and migration inquiries, provide information on tourism, assist Australian visitors, and as the centre of Austrade's operations in the region play a key role in the promotion of Australia's commercial interests."

Mr Kerin said that Mr Gavriliuk was well—placed to advance Australia's interests. He was well—established in business and other circles in the region, had acted as Austrade's Russian Trade Correspondent since December 1990 and had managed-Austrade's Vladivostok sub—post since July this year.

Mr Gavriliuk would now combine his Austrade responsibilities with that of heading the new Consulate.

The Consulate will commence its work upon the completion of technical formalities by the Russian Government.

The address of the Consulate is

Telephone: (74232) 22 86 28, Fax: (74232) 22 87 78 -(7

17, Ul. Uborevicha Vladivostok, Russia

4232) 22 39 26

COMMONWEALTH PARLI AMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

Telex: 213135 AUSTR SU

For further information: Robert Hamilton, Director, Consular Policy Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, telephone 061 261 2093