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May 11, 2023

Australian  Minister to visit Nepal, other SAARC nations

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Australian Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Tim Watts MP
Australian Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Tim Watts MP

.Australian Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Tim Watts MP is scheduled to visit Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India.

Tim Watts is the Federal Member for Gellibrand and has served as the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Albanese Government since 2022.

The Assistant Minister’s travel to four South Asian nations will strengthen bilateral cooperation, sharing strategic interests and further Australia’s trade and investment ties.

It is also a key opportunity to build strong people-to-people links between each of our countries, said the press release.

The Minister also is to attend the 6th Indian Ocean Conference in Dhaka of Bangladesh that will kick off on Friday, May 12.

The Conference being organized under the theme “Peace, Prosperity and Partnership for a Resilient Future” is the flagship forum for key partners in the Indian Ocean region to discuss regional cooperation, growth, and security.

During his days in Kathmandu, the Minister will discuss opportunities to advance strong education which is considered the third largest international student market, it reads.

During his visit to Bangladesh, Bhutan and India the Minister will meet with government, community and religious leaders and will discus to grow Australia’s trade, investment and education in this region.

Before entering Parliament in 2013, Tim worked in the technology sector, as a Senior Manager at Telstra and a Solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

He also worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Minister for Communications and a Senior Adviser to the Victorian Premier.

the author of two books, “The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity” and “Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment” (along with co-author and fellow MP, Clare O’Neil) Tim holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Science.