The Ambassador of Australia to Kuwait H.E. Warren Hauck hosted a reception to mark Australia Day at Jumeirah Messilah Hotel on 31 January. Members of the diplomatic corps, Australian nationals, Kuwaiti officials and media attended the function.
In his address to the gathering, Ambassador Hauck stated that Australia today was amongst the most open, tolerant and welcoming societies in the world. Pointing out that one in four Australians were born overseas, the ambassador said, “We are a nation that draws its strengths from the best of all nations and religions in the world."
He added, “The Australian economy is in its 25th year of continuous economic growth. We have in Australia one of, if not the, oldest continuing cultures in the world in our indigenous population which is some 50,000 years old. At the same time, we are focused on innovation and leading new technologies. We would quite literally be lost without Australian innovations such as Google Maps or WiFi.”
Speaking briefly on the investment opportunities that Australia offers to Kuwaiti investors, Ambassador Hauck noted that Kuwaiti investment in Australia has grown substantially. “Kuwait is now one of the top 20 investors in Australia, but there are more opportunities, particularly for the private sector,” said the ambassador. He continued by saying that he would like to add to the current two-way trade of around a billion dollars per annum.
On the emergence of the Australia as an attractive education destination, the ambassador said, “We have around 1,500 Kuwaiti students choosing to study in Australia and we would like more to come.”