One of the most pleasant aspects of the diplomatic opportunities in Canberra is the willingness of ambassadors to make available hospitality for Australian companies doing business with their country and vice versa. Whether instigating beneficial connections over drinks and canapés, a smart lunch or a slap up reception, connecting and schmoozing is an opportunity not to be missed. Business men and women meeting Australian government ministers, chiefs of like minded entities and associations and academia are all helping to promote co-operation across the business spectrum in an increasing global business focus.
Ambassador of Sweden Sven-Olof Peterssen and his wife Anita welcomed the Swedish Director of Hunter Medical Research Institute, Professor Michael Nilsson with his team and the Australian Managing Director of that very Swedish company SAAB, Dean Rosenfield, and his team to a reception prior to the ambassador’s departure the next day to meet a King. Yes the King of Tonga. A knight of the realm was being installed as the new Governor General, but the king had called and you can’t say no to that invitation.