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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Annual Report 2000-2001
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OUTPUT 1.1
Protection and advancement of Australia’s international interests through the diplomatic network and Canberra-based activity

OUTPUT 1.2
Provision of policy advice and analysis to Portfolio Ministers

Outputs 1.1 and 1.2 Administered items

Contributions to international organisations

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The department made payments totalling $67,962,000 to 20 international organisations, including the United Nations. We paid a total of $63,324,000 to UN peacekeeping organisations.

All contributions to international organisations and UN Peacekeeping Operations were paid within the specified time frame.

Quantity

Australia contributed to 20 international organisations, not including individual UN peacekeeping organisations, in 2000–01. A complete listing of organisations is at Appendix 11.

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Export Finance and Insurance Corporation National Interest Account

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The department managed whole-of-government coordination of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation’s (EFIC) National Interest Account transactions, including assessment of risks and benefits of proposed transactions. Demand for National Interest Account products was lower in 2000–01 than 1999–2000, reflecting both reduced demand from exporters and projects requiring support, and the increased willingness of the private sector to cover transactions that have traditionally received National Interest Account support. New export transactions supported by the National Interest Account consisted mainly of wheat sales to various countries. Further information may be obtained from EFIC’s own annual report.

The department represented Australia at meetings of the Paris Club group of creditor countries. No Australian debt was rescheduled by the Paris Club during the year. A bilateral agreement was reached with Indonesia to implement the April 2000 Paris Club agreement to reschedule Indonesia’s debt.

Constructive work continued with participants to the OECD Arrangement on Guidelines for Officially Supported Export Credits towards agreements regulating the use of export credits for agricultural products and increasing cooperation amongst export credit agencies on environmental matters.

Quantity

 

Value of payments

20,500,000

Value of receipts

18,600,000

Value of exports supported on EFIC's National Interest Account

117,500,000

Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration

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The department considered five cases under the compensation scheme for detriment caused by defective administration. Four related to the issuing or cancellation of passports and one related to a claim for incorrect payment of the employer superannuation contribution. A total of $3,551.50 was paid under the scheme.

All defective administration cases were managed in an efficient and timely manner.

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Solomon Islands: International Peace Monitoring Team (IPMT)

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Australia played a significant role in bringing the parties involved in the conflict in Solomon Islands to the negotiating table, not only in Townsville, but also in several rounds of peace talks within Solomon Islands. The role of the IPMT was to provide support to the peace process under the auspices of an indigenous Peace Monitoring Council (PMC). Its main tasks were the supervision of the surrender of weapons, the conduct of regular inspections of the stored weapons, confidence building within affected Solomon Islands communities and reporting to the PMC.

Mr Downer indicated publicly his satisfaction with the timely and efficient provision of resources for the deployment of the IPMT and the IPMT’s support of the Indigenous Peace Monitoring Council (PMC) in implementing the Townsville Peace Agreement. The Minister recognised the role the IPMT played in assisting the PMC in bringing about a virtual end to ethnic conflict, the surrender of many weapons, and the subsequent emergence of community confidence.

The department expended $2.765 million in administered funds in 2000–2001 for the establishment and deployment of the IPMT established under the Townsville Peace Agreement (TPA). New Zealand contributed an additional 28% to the cost of deployment of the IPMT and some Pacific Island countries and the Commonwealth Secretariat provide limited financial support for monitoring personnel.

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Number of Australian government personnel provided for peace monitoring activities.

34

Quantity of non-personnel resources provided in support of peace monitoring activities conducted by the International Peace Monitoring Team. [Note 1]

2,500,000

1 This amount does not include $300,000 paid for personnel salaries and allowances.

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