Melbourne, Australia 24 Feb. 2012
UMD Australia supports Inquiry into Australia’s Overseas Representation; Calls for Opening of Australian Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia
As a result of its submission to the Inquiry into Australia’s Overseas Representation on 28 Nov. 2011, the United Macedonian Diaspora (Australia) was invited to a public hearing in Melbourne on 23 Feb. 2012, by the Parliament of Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The hearing enabled the Committee to gain in-depth information from UMD Australia on the recommendations for improving Australia’s diplomatic impact. In particular, the Committee was interested in UMD’s views on the activities that Australia’s diplomatic posts must undertake; their geographic location and spread; the appropriate level of staffing including locally engaged staff; and the affect of e-diplomacy and information and communication technology on the activities of diplomatic posts.