Official Engagements

2019

December

6 December: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth chaired a sports diplomacy roundtable at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course. Keynote addresses were provided by the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Minister for Youth and Sport and Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

6 December: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of El Salvador at Federation Square, Melbourne

November

26 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of the United Arab Emirates at the Sofitel.

12 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth chaired the annual general meeting of the Consular Corps Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Jolimont.

October

16 October: Toyko, Japan The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Embassy of Malawi in Tokyo, Japa

11 October: Toyko, Japan Mr Trent Smyth chaired a sports diplomacy roundtable at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix in association with the University of Melbourne. Keynote addresses were provided by the CEO of the F1 Group, Chase Carey, and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Andrew Westacott.

2 October: Melbourne, Australia Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Romania at the Consulate General in Melbourne

September

25 September: Melbourne, Australia Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the official welcome function for new US Consular Chief, Mr Jeff Shelstad.

15 September: Melbourne, Australia Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of El Salvador at Federation Square, Melbourne. 

July

29 July: Melbourne, Australia Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Switzer at ZUGORAMA, High Street, Kew.

29 July: Melbourne, Australia  Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Egypt at Brighton Town Hall.

June

14 June: Melbourne, Australia Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of The Russian Federation at the Rendezvous Hotel in Flinders Street, Melbourne.

March

25 March: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Greece at South Melbourne

February

18 February: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth was the master of ceremonies at the Annual Consular Corps Melbourne Gala Dinner held at the Royal Botanical Gardens Special guests included HE, The Hon Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria and The Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews, MP. A special Jazz performance was provided by the Australian legend, James Morrison.

January

16 January: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth chaired a sports diplomacy roundtable at the Australian Open Tennis in support of the Victorian major events sector. The Honourable Martin Pakula, Minister for Sport and Tourism attended along with CEO Tennis Australia, Mr Craig Tiley.

2018

November 

20 November: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Lebanon at Brighton Town Hall

October

29 October: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Turkish National Day celebrations at the Turkish Consul General’s official residence in Toorak tr

4 October: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of The Republic of Korea at the Australian Club

September

imgres26 September: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of China

August

15 August: Melbourne, Australia The Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of India at the Bayview Eden Hotel in South Melbourne

July

30 July: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Switzerland at the Swiss Club of Victoria

23 July: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Egypt at Brighton Town Hall

16 July: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Italy at Essendon Airport

2017

November

28 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth was the master of ceremonies at the Annual Consular Corps Melbourne Gala Dinner held at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Special guests included HE, The Hon Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria. A special Jazz performance was provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

imgres22 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Oman at the Sofitel Hotel in Collins Street Melbourne


August

16 August: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of India at the Bayview Eden Hotel in South Melbourne

May

2 May: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Poland at the Polish House Syrena, in Rowville

March

23 March: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of Greece at the Consulate in South Melbourne

February

14 February: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth chaired the Consular Corps quarterly lunch at the Docklands. The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade provided a keynote speech.

January

19 January: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Official Australian Day lunch in South Wharf Melbourne in the presence of HE The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau

2016

December

16 December: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Presiding Officers Christmas afternoon tea at Parliament House Victoria

9 December: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth was the master of ceremonies at the Annual Consular Corps Melbourne Gala Dinner held at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne Special guests included HE, The Hon Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria and Special Minister of State, The Hon Gavin Jennings MP.

7 December: Parkville The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Spanish end of year concert – “Musical Images of Spain” at Melbourne University, Parkville

November

24 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth toured the World Cup of Golf venue with PGA Director, Matthew Kaminski.

UAE17 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day celebrations of the UAE at the Sofitel in Melbourne

8 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the opening of the IMARC Mining Conference in Melbourne

3 November: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth chaired the Consular Corps Roundtable at Melbourne University. Keynote addresses were provided by Mr Mike Swan from the Australian Border Force.

October

30 October: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consulate of Malawi hosted members of the Malawian community to watch the Malawi Queens compete in the Fast Five netball championships

2000px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg28  October: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Czech National Day celebrations at the Melbourne Club on Collins Street

27  October: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the official welcome reception for the Malawi Queens ahead of the Fast Five Netball Championship

27  October: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Turkish National Day celebrations at the Turkish Consul General’s official residence in Toorak

12 October: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Spanish National Day celebrations at the Spanish Club in Fitzroy.

September 

28 September: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, In his capacity as the Secretary of the Consular Corps Melbourne Trent Smyth presided over the Consular Corps Annual General Meeting at Lume Restaurant in South Melbourne.

August

31 August: Melbourne, Australia  Eloise Dolan, an intern at the Consulate of Malawi attended the welcoming home reception for the Australian Olympic Team in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

July 

28 July: Majete National Park, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller visited Majete National Park and met with Africa Parks directors, Mr Craig Hay and African Parks Country Director Patricio Ndadzela.

28 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller met with Minister of Mining and Natural Resources The Hon Bright Msaka, SC.

27 July: Dowa, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller visited Dzaleka UNHCR Refugee Camp in Dowa.

27 July: Mchinji, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller presided over the official opening of the Blessings in Disguise initiative (partly funded by DFAT) at Home of Hope Orphanage in Mchinji.

27 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller visited Kamuzu Central Hospital and met with Director, Jonathan Ngoma.

26 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth & The Hon Telmo Languiller were granted an audience with HE The President of Malawi, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika at the State House together with Chief Economic Advisor, Mr Collins Magalasi.

26 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth  & The Hon Telmo Languiller met with the Minister for Education, The Hon Dr Emmanuel Fabiano at Capital Hill

24 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted a reception for thirty Australian Award recipients at the Latitude Hotel in Lilongwe.

24 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth met with the Hon. Minister for Health, Dr Peter Kumpalume

24 July: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited the speaker of parliament, The Hon Richard Msowoya, MP.

24 July: Melbourne, Australia  The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a Malawian Flag raising ceremony in Federation Square in Melbourne in celebration of Malawi’s National Day

June

28 June: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the Consular Corps in Victoria Breakfast Networking Event hosted by the Department of Economic Development.

23 June: Regional Victoria  The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a DFAT led a tour of regional Victoria’s key technology hubs in Ballarat and Geelong. Visited facilities developing fibres, carbon composites and virtual reality.

17 June: Melbourne, Australia  The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a DFAT led a tour of Melbourne’s technology hub in Richmond Victoria

16 June: Melbourne, Australia The Honorary Consul, Mr The Consul, Trent Smyth attended an information session at the MCG hosted by Melbourne Football Club to learn about their multicultural programmes.

3 June: Limbe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited Malawi’s famous “Nali Sauce” factory in Limbe and met with director and family member. Mr Orpa Prieur

May

5 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the twentieth anniversary of the Australian Davos Connection at Raheen at the kind invitation of the Consul General for Rwanda, Mr Michael Roux.

April

30 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the launch of the Korean Festival in Queensbridge Square, Melbourne.

25 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

21 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the ANZAC commemorative function at ANZAC House in Melbourne.

17 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a fashion launch for Kwacha Luka at Scratch Warehouse in North Melbourne.

15 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception at the official residence of the Consul General of Spain, HE Juan Carlos Acevedo Gafo.

13 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a welcome reception for new State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ms Jenny Bloomfield.

12 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi International House High tea along with Judge Josh Wilson and Consul General for Moldova, Dr Aron D’Souza.

8 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call on the Dean of the Consular Corps, Dr Hamed Al Alawi, Consul General for Oman.

7 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call on Victoria Police Commissioners Andrew Crisp and Stephen Leane.

March

17 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted the Australian Formula 1 Sports Diplomacy Breakfast at Albert Park. Special guests included the 3 time World F1 Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and Minister for Sports, the Hon John Eren, MP.

12 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Premier’s Gala Multicultural dinner in Melbourne.

8 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted Consul’s from more than 40 nations at the International Lounge as part of the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival. and the Victoria Invitation Program.

February

25 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a presentation by Deputy State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr David Livingstone at Chamber House, Melbourne.

24 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the launch of the 2016 program for the Victorian School of Languages in the Federation room at Parliament House, Melbourne.

24 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a presentation by former Premier of Queensland the Hon Campbell Newman, at the Atheneum Club in Melbourne.

10 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call upon the Minister for Sport, John Eren MP at Parliament House, Melbourne.

4 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended Sri Lanka’s national day celebrations in Springvale Victoria.

4 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended Waitangi Day (NZ) celebrations at the invitation of the Consul General of New Zealand, Mr Stephen Blair.

1 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the official opening of the Legal Year at Government House with 30 members of the Consular Corps and the Victorian Judiciary. Proceedings were overseen by the Governor, HE Linda Dessau and Marilyn Louise Warren, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria.

January

29 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to The Hon Bruce Atkinson, MP, President of the Legislative Council in his electorate office in Nunawading.

26 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Australia Day flag-raising ceremony at Town Hall, Melbourne.

20 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Australia Day reception at Government House, Melbourne.

14 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a stakeholder community meeting with Melbourne City Football Club.

2015

December

21 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the ceremonial swearing-in of Judge Josh Wilson to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Melbourne CSh-qnUUEAAsRIK

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Dr Andrew Likaka

17 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the graduation and conferring of Degree ceremony for Dr Andrew Likaka – a graduate of the Masters of Public Health Program from the University of Melbourne

16 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception at Parliament House hosted by the Presiding Officers, The Hon Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council, and The Hon Telmo Languiller, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

12 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception at the official residence of the British Consul General

12 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Nigerian African Music Festival in Federation Square in Melbourne

5 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a Malawian Community function hosted by the newly formed Malawian Association in Victoria

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Japanese Consular Residence Melbourne

3 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the celebration of the Japanese Emperor’s birthday at the official residence of the Consul General, Ms Keiko Haneda.

3 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Consul for Monaco, Andrew Cannon at Monaco House in Melbourne

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Premier Daniel Andrews

2 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted the Annual Consular Corps Dinner in the British Gallery of the National Gallery of Victoria in the presence of The Governor, HE Linda Dessau AM and Judge Howard, the Premier of Victoria, The Honourable Daniel Andrews and Mrs Andres, the President of the Legislative Council, The Honourable Bruce Atkinson and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, The Honourable Telmo Languiller, Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Judge Josh Wilson of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and more than fifty Consul’s General from the Consular Corps Melbourne.

November

30 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a farewell reception for the outgoing State Director of the Victorian State Director of DFAT, HE John Richardson

27 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Dean of the Consular Corps in Melbourne, HE Dr Hamed Al Alawi at the Consulate General of Oman in St Kilda Road Melbourne

UAE20 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at National Day celebrations of the United Arab Emirates at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Collins Street Melbourne in the presence of the President of the Legislative Council, The Honourable Bruce Atkinson and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, The Honourable Telmo Languiller

imgres20 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at National Day celebrations of the Sultanate of Oman in Melbourne in the presence of the President of the Legislative Council, The Honourable Bruce Atkinson and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, The Honourable Telmo Languiller

19 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the launch of the Ghanian – Australian Chamber of Commerce at Chamber House, Melbourne

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Shrine Melbourne

17-18 November: Mildura The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a tour of Victoria’s Mildura Region organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade together with 12 Consul’s General from the Consular Corps Melbourne

12 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth co-hosted a security briefing by the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police followed by a tour of the Police Academy and a presentation by the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.

11 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Official Remembrance Day Commemoration Event at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in presence of The Governor of Victoria, HE Linda Dessau AM and the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews and more than 30n members of the Consular Corps Melbourne

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ANZAC House, Melbourne

10 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Remembrance Day Reception at ANZAC House in the presence of The Governor of Victoria, HE Linda Dessau AM and the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews.

9 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a Cuban Cultural Celebration in Melbourne

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Victoria Police Academy

9 November: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited Malawian Students at the University of Sydney in NSW 

6 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the “Celebration of African Australians” awards ceremony in Queens Hall at Parliament House, Melbourne

2 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Cup Eve reception at Government House Victoria at the invitation of the Governor, HE Linda Dessau AM and His Honour Judge Howard

October

tr28 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at National Day celebrations of Turkey

29 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a briefing at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Parkville Victoria

29 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the “Doing Business in Africa” conference in Melbourne

2000px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg28 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at National Day celebrations of the Czech Republic

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Melbourne Town Hall

19 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Lord Mayor’s Consular Corps Dinner at Town Hall along with 53 members of the Consular Corps, The Right Honorable Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle and Councillor Ken Ong.

19 October: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited Malawian Students at the University of Sydney imgres

19 October: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to Rob Tranter, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

19 October: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to HE Matthew Neuhaus, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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University House, ANU

19 October: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth addressed students at Australian National University ahead of their planned visit to Malawi working with the GULP Foundation.

13 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a Turkish Cultural spectacular at Melbourne Town Hall

13 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the closing session of the Victorian Government’s International Education Showcase

6 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth addressed a reception to build awareness of the work of Professor Rob Moodie at the University of Malawi

Flag_of_Botswana.svg2 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Bostwana National Day celebrations in Melbourne

1 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Korean National Day celebrations in Melbourne

September

30 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to Zoe McKenzie, Chief of staff for the Federal Minister for Trade, Andrew Robb, MP

imgres24 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Chinese National Day Celebrations at the Langham Hotel, Melbourne

22 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted, along with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a Consular Roundtable meeting with the Chief Coroner of Victoria, Judge Ian Grey

22 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a security briefing at Parliament House, Melbourne

vmc22 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth made a courtesy call to Helen Kapalos, the Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission in Victoria

19 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Bully Zero gala function at Docklands Victoria

19 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the Spanish Cultural Festival in Sandown along with Inga Pulich, MP and the Speaker of the Legislative Council, The Hon Bruce Atkinson

18 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a briefing by the Ambassador for Cuba in Australia, His Excellency Mr José Manuel Galego Montano

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Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews

17 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a briefing by the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Daniel Andrews at the Australia-China Relations Institute in Melbourne

16 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Independence Day Celebrations for the Macedonian community in Melbourne in the presence of the Ambassador, HE Mr Vele Trpevski and the Consul General Ms Beti Korunovska

16 September: Ballarat The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attends the opening of a new Komodo Dragon enclosure at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria with the Consul General for Indonesia, Ms Dewi Wahab.

15 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represents Malawi at a ceremony at which an Aboriginal Flag is raised permanently above Parliament House in Melbourne.

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St Paul’s Evensong

10 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at an Evensong Ceremony marking the occasion of Queen Elizabeth becoming the longest-serving Monarch in the history of the Commonwealth.

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Minister Robin Scott

9 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted the inaugural Consular Corps Melbourne “Meet the Minister” lunch with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance, the Hon Robin Scott at the Australian Club with fifteen Consul’s General present.

2 September: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the presentation by the Malawian delegation followed by morning tea with the Australian Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth.

2 September: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth accompanied Ben Bortolo and Jelf Salima to the Ministerial dinner hosted by the Premier of Western Australia, The Hon Colin Barnett

2-5 September: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth arrives in Perth to greet the official Malawian delegation attending the Africa Downunder Mining Conference.

August 

31 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception at the official residence of the US Consul General, HE Frankie Reed in Toorak

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Victorian School of Languages

29 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a reception in the Federation Room at Victoria’s parliament house to commemorate the Victorian School of Languages 80th birthday

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6 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a tour of Victoria University with 12 consul’s general and hosted by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs in Victoria.

5 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Hon Telmo Languiller at Parliament House

2 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted a community meeting for the Malawian diaspora in Victoria to discuss the creation of a new community association

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Home of Hope, Mchinji

July

imgres-130 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the National Day Celebrations of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Brighton

25 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador for Cuba in Australia, His Excellency Mr José Manuel Galego Montano

Special_Broadcasting_Service_logo.svg21 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception celebrating the longstanding contribution to multiculturalism by the SBS television network in Australia at a function at the Immigration Museum

19 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted members of the Consular Corps to the International Chamber Music Competition at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

10 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the Sri Lankan Tourism Roadshow in Melbourne at the Langham Hotel

10 July: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to AUSTRADE in Sydney, NSW

3 July: Mulanje, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited Australian Doctor Ben Jacka at the Mulanje Mission Hospital

2 July: Thyolo, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth toured Satemwa Estate coffee and Tea plantations in Thyolo

1 July: Mchinji, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji to see the Chisomo Project – an Australian Government supported the project by Christy Hildyard and her dedicated Australian friends

June

28-30 June: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth arrived in Malawi for the inaugural Malawian Investment Forum in Lilongwe.

June 23: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted a Consular Roundtable meeting with colleagues at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Melbourne concerning the Mental Health Act in Victoria. Presentations were made by doctors and staff from St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne.

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June 22: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Parliament of Victoria’s IFTAR at the Sofitel Hotel organised by the Australian Intercultural Society, and co-hosted by the Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, and Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

June 18: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception to welcome members of the St Petersburg Ballet Company to Melbourne at the Kelvin Club at the invitation of the Consul General, Ms Irina Bruk.

June 16: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth was received by the Presiding officers of Parliament, The Hon Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council and The Hon Telmo Languiller, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly at Parliament House.

June 15: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth presided over the Consular Corps Melbourne Annual General Meeting at Florentino’s in Melbourne. The Consul for Malawi was re-elected to the position of secretary of the Consular Corps in Melbourne.

Flag_of_Russia_(1991-1993).svgJune 12: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception for Russian National Day at the Victorian Investment Centre in Collins Street.

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Jeffrey Polnaja

June 11: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended a reception at the official residence of the Indonesian Consul General in Melbourne in recognition of Jeffrey Polnaja, the first Indonesian national to ride his motorcycle all around the world.

June 11: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to Victorian State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Victoria, HE John Richardson

June 10: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to First Secretary, Rob Tranter at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

2 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a reception celebrating the longstanding contribution to multiculturalism by the SBS television network in Australia at a function at the Immigration Museum

2 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Italian National Day celebrations in Brunswick imgres-2

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Victoria University, Footscray

May

28 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Australian Africa Business Council roundtable featuring Ethiopia and Malawi

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Prof Rob Moodie

26 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth received Professor Rob Moodie prior to his departure to taking a new post at the University of Malawi

23 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the official Africa Day dinner in Docklands, Melbourne

23 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the opening of the Korean Cultural Festival at Federation Square

22 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented the Consular Corps at a board meeting for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

22 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth met with representatives from Victoria’s counter-terrorism unit

21 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at Starlight Foundations Five Chefs fundraiser in Melbourne

16 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to Upul Pushpakamara, Consul General for Sri Lanka

15 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to Jan Ravnholdt, Consul General for Denmark at Denmark House.

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Australian Synchrotron

14 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth visited the Australian Synchrotron in Monash with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Victorian State Office and 14 consul’s general.

13 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Melbourne Green Dinner at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, a celebration of light, colour, arts and Australian produce.

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Old Arts, Melbourne University

12 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth addressed Masters Students at the University of Melbourne in relation to the Consular Corps Melbourne Internship Program

8 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, The Hon Telmo Languiller at Parliament House

2 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended an awareness reception for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Fox Residence.

2 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the launch of the Nepalese Tourism initiative and cultural function at Federation Square.

1 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted a community meeting for the Malawian diaspora in Victoria to discuss the new community association

April

22 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted, along with the Dean of the Consular Corps, dinner at the Australian Club in honour of the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency, Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov. Present were 61 members of the Consular Corps together with the President of the Australian Club Mr Rob Logie Smith.

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21 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the ANZAC day commemoration at the RSL in Melbourne.

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State Library Melbourne

18 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception at the State Library in Melbourne for the Consul General for Moldova, Dr Aron D’Souza.

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Committee for Melbourne Gala

16 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Committee for Melbourne dinner with the Deputy Lord Mayor, Ms Susan Riley, the Consul General for New Zealand, Mr Stephen Blair and Councillor, Mr Ken Ong.

13 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented the Consular Corps and Malawi at the opening of the new Galleria at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne

9 April: Canberra, ACT The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a lunch for the Egyptian Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Hassan Hanafy Mahmoud El-Laithy at the Australian Club in Melbourne.

March

30 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception at the official residence of the Turkish Consul General, Mr Mehmet Kucuksakalli.

28 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the ICC Cricket World Cup reception at Government House along with 15 other consul’s general representing cricket playing nations.

27 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the State Funeral for former Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Fraser, dignitaries present included former Prime Ministers, The Hon Paul Keating and The Hon Julia Gillard as well as former Premiers including The John Cain, The Hon John Brumby and The Hon Ted Baillieu.

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State Funeral, Malcolm Fraser

26 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a welcome reception for the Consul General of the United States of America, Ms Frankie Reed.

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18 March: Tokyo, Japan The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a dinner at the official residence of Malawi’s Ambassador to Japan and Australia, HE Reuben Ngwenya together with HE Mr Shuichiro Nishioka, Ambassador of Japan to Malawi and Japan MOFA Director-General, Africa Affairs, HE Maruyama, Norio.

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Tokyo Japan

18 March: Tokyo, Japan The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held meetings with Dr George T. Chaponda, MP, Foreign Minister for Malawi at the New Otani Hotel.

13 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted the 6th Australian Diplomatic Forum at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Present were 45 members of the Consular Corps, the CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mr Telmo Languiller, MP.

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Australian F1 Grand Prix

12 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented the Consular Corps and Malawi at the Australian Formula 1 official reception at Government House at the invitation of the Premier of Victoria, HE Alec Chernov QC AC.

3 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted the 5th Consular Roundtable meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs which was attended by more than 40 consular representatives from the Consular Corps Melbourne.

February

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Composer Tan Dun

28 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year Concert at the Invitation of the Consul General for China, Mr Yumin Song. (World-renowned conductor Tan Dun – pictured)

24 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a farewell reception for the Consul general for the Republic of Korea, Mr Sung-Sub Jung.

18 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a farewell reception for the Vice-Consul for Japan at the official residence of the Consul General in Melbourne.

17 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted the new Australian Ambassador to Malawi (designate) in Melbourne for a series of appointments and tour of the Melbourne Zoo at Werribee Park.

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St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne

9 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a Multi-faith ceremony to commemorate the opening of Parliament at St Paul’s Cathedral at the invitation of the Dean of Melbourne, the very reverend Dr Andreas Loewe.

6 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, was received at the Victorian Parliament by the President of the Legislative Council, Mr Bruce Atkinson, MLA.

4 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, gave an address on behalf of the Consular Corps Melbourne at the Sri Lankan Independence Day festivities in Cathies Lane in Melbourne.

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Government House Melbourne

3 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception for the official opening of the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival at Government House in Victoria at the invitation of His Excellency, Alex Chernov the Governor.

2 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a reception for the official opening of the Legal Year at Government House in Victoria in the Presence of His Excellency, Alex Chernov the Governor and Marilyn Louise Warren, AC QC, the Chief Justice of Victoria.

January 

28 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a fundraiser and awareness evening for the Mulanje Mission Hospital at the Ducer Foundation in Collins Street, Melbourne.

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Australia Day Parade Melbourne

26 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Lord Mayor’s official Australia Day reception at Town Hall in Swanston Street Melbourne and initiated the inaugural Consular Corps flag parade.

22 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Victorian Government’s official Australia Day reception Melbourne in the presence of His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov AC QC and the Premier of Victoria, the Honorable Daniel Andrews.

21 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Governor of Victoria’s official Australia Day reception at Government House, Melbourne

13 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with the Minister for Sport, the Honorable John Eren, MP in his parliamentary offices in Melbourne.

7 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with Assistant Police Commissioner Andrew Crisp at the Victoria Police Centre, Melbourne.

2014

December 

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20 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi the Opening of State Parliament at Parliament House at the invitation of the President of the Legislative Council, Mr Bruce Atkinson, MP.

20 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi the African Music Festival celebrations in Federation Square, Melbourne.

13 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception at the official residence of the Consul General for Spain, Mr Juan Carlos Gafo in Kew, Melbourne.

12 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a State Funeral for former Member of Parliament, Ms Lynne Kosky in Williamstown, Victoria.

11 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a Ukrainian multi-faith service in North Melbourne. Present were the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honorable Tony Abbot, the Leader of the Opposition, The Honorable Bill Shorten, the President of Ukraine, Mr Petro Poroshenko and 25 members of the Consular Corps Melbourne.

10 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the annual dinner of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Melbourne with the State Director, Ambassador John Richardson and members of the Consular Corps.

10 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, led a tour of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Parkville, Melbourne with 12 other members of the Consular Corps.

8 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, paid a courtesy call on the Consul General for the United Staes, Ms Amy Hyatt in Melbourne

5 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, along with the Dean of the Consular Corps hosted the Consular Corps Melbourne Annual dinner in the Cowen Gallery of the State Library of Victoria. Present were 56 consular representatives and members of parliament (state and federal). The Secretary, Trent Smyth, unveiled the new Consular Corps Livery. Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 9.58.21 am

4 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the “international forum” at The Australian Club in Melbourne to hear a keynote presentation by the Chairman of the ICC World Cricket Cup, Mr John Harnden

1 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the World Girl Guides Association Global conference at the University of Melbourne

1 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the official World Aids Day reception at the Victorian Investment Centre in Melbourne.

November

24 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth gave a keynote address to the Africa Australia Business Council Annual General Meeting at Holmesglen College in Melbourne with HE Arega Teffera, Ambassador for Ethiopia to Australia. Present were Heddie Goldberg, Consul for Botswana, Rohan MacLaren, from the Consulate General of Rwanda and Anna Mallard, Department of Foreign Affairs.Logo_Girl-Guides

16 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at the Polish Cultural Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne attended by Dr George Luk, Consul General for Poland and HE Paweł Milewski, Ambassador for Poland to Australia.

14 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth dined at the official residence of the Consul General for Japan in the company of the Consul General, Ms Keiko Haneda, the Consul General for the Maldives, Linton Lethlean and the Consul General for France, Ms Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie.

October

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Andrew Westacott, AGP

24 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted the Australian Diplomatic Forum at the Australian Concours d’Elegance in the presence of 25 members of the Consular Corps. A keynote presentation was given by Andrew Westacott, CEO Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

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Melbourne Town Hall

9 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the Lord Mayor’s annual Consular Corps dinner at the Town Hall in the presence of more than 100 members of the Consular Corps, the Lord Mayor, Rt Hon Robert Doyle and Councillors Ken Ong. Jaquie Watts, Kevin Louey, Stephen Mayne and Beverley Pinder-Mortimer.

3 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi and the Consular Corps at the celebration of German Unification Day at the Victorian Investment Centre, Collins Street Melbourne. Dignitaries present included Dr Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria, Mr Matthew Guy, Minister for planning and Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council.

September

28 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi at a fundraiser for the Federation of Chinese Associations in Melbourne. Dignitaries present included The Hon Daniel Andrews, Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Matthew Guy, Minister for planning and Cr Ken Ong from the City of Melbourne.

17 September: Shepparton The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth gave a keynote speech about Malawi to students in Shepparton attending the “Building a New Generation Youth Leadership Program” launch

4 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth represented Malawi and the Consular Corps Melbourne at the Victorian Government Education Awards Ceremony held at Parliament House in Melbourne in the presence of Louise Asher, Minister for Major Projects and Infrastructure.

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Weld Club Perth

4 September: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth hosted a reception in honour of the Australian Diplomatic Corps at The Weld Club in Perth. with Di Fleming, President of the Australia Africa Business Council. Guests present were HE Matthew Neuhaus, Australian Ambassador to Malawi and The Honorable Atupele Muluzi, Malawi Minister for Mining.

3 September: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth attended the Ministerial Dinner at the Africa Downunder Conference in Perth with The Honorable Atupele Muluzi, Malawi Minister for Mining. Also present were 11 African mining ministers, 3 members of federal parliament and 5 state members of parliament.

August

25 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, gave thanks on behalf of the Consular Corps at the farewell function for the Turkish Consul General to Melbourne, Mr Mehmet Apak at his official residence.

25 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the launch of the 80 Days of Melbourne in the presence of Dr Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria.

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Denis Napthine Premier

6 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a the official opening of the new Consulate of Kazakhstan in Melbourne in the presence of the Kazakhstan Ambassador to Australia Mr Erlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop.

4 August: Point Nepean The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a commemorative service “The First Shot” at Point Nepean commemorating the commencement of hostilities in the first world war in the presence of HE Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Ted Baillieu, former Premier and The Hon Damien Drum, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

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Point Nepean

4 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a commemorative service for the opening of ANZAC Centenary activities in Melbourne at the Town Hall with Ted Baillieu, former Premier and The Hon Damien Drum, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Dr George Luk, Consul General for Poland in Australia.

July 

24 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi and hosted the Consular Corps Melbourne at a service at Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne in honour of those lost in the Malaysian Airlines plane accident over Ukraine

23 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a farewell luncheon hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Mr Miguel Gomez de Aranda, Consul General for Spain on his departure from Melbourne.

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HE Alex Chernov, Governor

23 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, accompanied Dr Thomas Bisika to a reception at Government House hosted by HE Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria and Mrs Elizabeth Chernov, Nobel Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Co-Chair of 20th International AIDS Conference, Professor Sharon Lewin, the other Co-Chair of the Conference and Mr Brent Allan, Executive Officer of Positive Living Victoria.

24 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, accompanied former First Lady Callista Mutharika to Parliament House for an audience with the President of the Legislative Council, The Honourable Bruce Atkinson MLC.

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Melbourne AIDS 2014

20 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, welcomed the Malawian AIDS 2014 delegation to Melbourne including former First Lady Callista Mutharika.

10 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Melbourne African Iftar dinner

8 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a Consular Corps Melbourne reception at the British Consulate in Melbourne at the invitation of Gareth Hoar, Consul General for the UK in Victoria.

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Malawi National Day, Melbourne

6 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted Malawian Independence Day celebrations at Federation Square. Dignitaries present included Telmo Languiller MP, Bruce Atkinson MLC, John Richardson, State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ted Baillieu, former Premier of Victoria. A community forum was hosted at the Consulate of Malawi at 12 noon and a formal reception rounded off celebrations from 4 pm – 6 pm.

2 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, at the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade attended a presentation by Australian Ambassador to China, HE Frances Adamson at the State Library of Victoria.

2 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the opening session of the Victorian State Conference of the Returned and Services League (RSL) at Caulfield.

1 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended Victorian Independence Day Service at Melbourne Town Hall

June

28 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the 1st Africa Australia Dialogue Symposium at LaTrobe University, Melbourne with Heddie Goldberg, Consul for Botswana in Australia and HE Jacqueline Zwambila, former Zimbabwean Ambassador to Australia.

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Bruce Atkinson MLC

26 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Nepalese Tourism Promotion Reception at Hilton on the Park, hosted by Mr Chandra Bahadur Yonzon.

26 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi the opening of the Spanish Winter masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria at the invitation of the Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister for the Arts.

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Ambassador John Berry

26 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the celebration of the 238th anniversary of Independence of the United States of America hosted by HE John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia at the Museum of Victoria.

imgres-125 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the National Day of Egypt at Brighton Victoria.

13 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, farewelled the departing Consul General for New Zealand, Mr Dan Taylor, hosted by John Richardson, the Victorian State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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Robert Davi, Melbourne

7 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the opening of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival hosted by the Consul General for the United States, Mary Warlick.

4 & 5 June: Regional Victoria (Gippsland) – The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi on an overnight trip to tour the Eastern areas of regional Victoria including Gippsland. Also present were the Director of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Mr John Richardson and consuls-general from the following countries; Egypt, Poland, Japan, Lithuania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Malta, Malaysia, Oman and India.

4 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a breakfast for the Consular Corps Melbourne in honour of the former foreign minister for Australia, The Hon. Bob Carr at Grossi Florentino in Melbourne. More than 26 nations were represented by consul generals and consuls.

Fmr Foreign Minister, Bob Carr

Fmr Foreign Minister, Bob Carr

2 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Italian National Day at the Veneto Club in Bulleen Melbourne.

May

27 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a presentation hosted by the Australia Africa Business Council at Holmesglen College in St Kilda Road, Melbourne at the invitation of the President, Ms Di Fleming.

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Premier’s reception Melbourne

26 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended Victorian Premier’s annual reception for the Consular Corps Melbourne in the presence of The Governor of Victoria, His Excellency, Alex Chernov and more than 60 members of the Consular Corps Melbourne.

24 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Africa Day Gala dinner at Fitzroy Town Hall in the company of Diego Velasco, Consul General for Chile, Dean of the Consular Corps, Michael Roux, Consul General for Rwanda and Richard Udovenya, Consul for Mozambique.

20 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Consular Corps Melbourne roundtable discussion hosted by DFAT and the Dept. of Immigration and border protection.

19 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a symposium on the activation of the Latin American communities in Melbourne.

18 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Africa Day sports festival at JJ Holland Park in North Melbourne with Andrew Crisp, Assistant Commissioner, Victorian Police.

Emerge Festival

Emerge Festival

17 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended Africa Day, Emerge Street Festival and Fashion Show in Nicholson Street, Footscray.

17 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the opening of the Korean Cultural Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Federation Square

Federation Square

14 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a meeting for HE Molosiwa Selepeng, High Commissioner for Botswana to Australia and The Hon. Bruce Atkinson, President Legislative Council, Victoria at the Windsor in Melbourne.

14 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a meeting with HE Molosiwa Selepeng, High Commissioner for Botswana to Australia and Melbourne City Councillor Ken Ong.

13 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a meeting with HE Molosiwa Selepeng, High Commissioner for Botswana to Australia and former Premier of Victoria, the Hon Ted Baillieu.

13 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a meeting with HE Molosiwa Selepeng, High Commissioner for Botswana to Australia and John Harnden, Chief Executive at 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Organising Committee.

Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

13 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a breakfast in honour of HE Molosiwa Selepeng, High Commissioner for Botswana to Australia at the Windsor hotel with Diego Velasco, Consul General for Chile, Dean of the Consular Corps, John Richardson, Victorian State Director DFAT and Richard Udovenya, Consul for Mozambique.

March

27 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the symposium on Chile’s electric sector hosted by Diego Velasco, Consul General for Chile, Dean of the Consular Corps.

Committee for Melbourne Gala

Committee for Melbourne Gala

26 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at Committee for Melbourne Annual Dinner at the invitation of the City of Melbourne, in the presence of the HE The Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov.

24 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a farewell for Hidenobu Sobashima, Consul General for Japan at the official Japanese residence.

23 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at Government House for the closing reception for the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in the presence of the HE The Governor, Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov.

17-23 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival along with Yumin Song, Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China, Daniel Taylor, Consul General of New Zealand, Hidenobu Sobashima, Consul General of Japan, Andrew Cannon, Consul General of Monaco, James Warfe, Manager International Coordination, Dept. of Premier and Cabinet, Marco Cerbo, Consul General of Italy, John Richardson,  Victorian State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Dr Aron D’Souza, Consul for Moldova.

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Malawi & UK Consuls

15 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Australian F1 Grand Prix along with Gareth Hoar, British Consul General and HE Dr Hassan El-Laithy, Egyptian Ambassador to Australia and Marco Cerbo, Consul General for Italy and HE Pier Francesco, Italian Ambassador to Australia.

5 March: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with HE Dr. Hassan El-Laithy, Egyptian Ambassador to Australia at Parliament House, Western Australia.

5 March: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with Richard Sellers, Director General, Department of Mines, Government of Western Australia.

3 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Victorian School of Languages reception with the Dean of the Consular Corps, Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm.

February

27 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended meeting with The Hon Ted Baillieu, Former Premier of Victoria and State member for Hawthorn at Parliament House Victoria.

ICC Cricket World Cup

ICC Cricket World Cup

19 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the launch of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the MCG Melbourne, at the invitation of John Harnden AM.

12 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended meeting with Sue Shultz, U.S. Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General.

10 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended lunch with The Hon Bruce Atkinson the president of the Legislative Council at Parliament House, with the Consul General for Mozambique Richard Udovenya and HE Belmiro Jose Malate, High Commissioner for Mozambique.

4 February: Wantirna The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the 66th anniversary of the independence of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

January

22 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi in the official Australia Day Parade and march in Melbourne.

22 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the official Australia Day reception at Government House in Victoria hosted by The Governor, HE. Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov

Australia Day

Australia Day

23 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the official Australia Day luncheon at the Melbourne Convention Centre, Victoria hosted by Stefan Romaniw OAM in the presence of The Governor, HE. Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov and the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Denis Napthine.

2013

2013
December

17 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited Nyika National Park, Malawi, Northern Region.

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Shire River, Liwonde Malawi

17 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with Harrison Kalua at the Malawi Coffee Co-op in Mzuzu, Northern Region

17 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited Liwonde National Park.

16 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited the Satemwa Tea Estates in Thyolo, Southern Region.

Thyolo Malawi

Thyolo Malawi

15 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited the Matawale Health Centre in Zomba, Southern Region.

14 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held formal meetings at Ministry of Information.

14 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held informal meetings with Australian Honorary Consul to Malawi, Mr Greg Walker.

13 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held informal meetings with Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, US Ambassador to Malawi at the US Embassy.

LSPCA, Malawi

LSPCA, Malawi

12 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited Dr Richard Ssuna at the Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals in Area13.

12 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held formal meetings with the Minister for Tourism, Hon Moses Kunkuyu Klongashawa.

11 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held formal meetings with Assistant Police Commissioner, Medi at the Police Complex in Area 30.

National Aids Commission, Malawi

National Aids Commission, Malawi

11 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held formal meetings with Dr Thomas Bisika at the National Aids Commission.

11 December: Lilongwe, Malawi The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held formal meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a briefing presented by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the International Social Service and the Salvation Army. Present were Consuls from the Maldives, Germany, Portugal, Britain, France, the United States and New Zealand.

3 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the birthday celebrations for the Japanese Emperor at the residence of the Consul-General for Japan, Mr Hidenobu Sobashima. Present were The Honorable Dennis Napthine, Premier of Victoria, Ted Bailleau, Former Premiere of Victoria and Mrs. Bailleau and Consuls Generals from Poland, Botswana, Switzerland, China, Moldova, Switzerland, Fiji, The Soloman Islands and Germany.

1 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a function at Government House to acknowledge World Aids Day in the presence of His Excellency, The Governor, Alex Chernov and Mrs. Chernov together with The Honorable Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition and Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister for Australia. A special presentation was made by Aung San Suu Kyi.

November 

29 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a security briefing presented by the Department of Foreign Affairs for Australian based missions.

29 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the annual Consul Corps dinner held at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne presided over by Diego Valesca, Consul General (Minister Counsellor) from Chile (Dean of the Consular Corps)

29 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, co-chaired a discussion at the Department of Health and Human Services with the local chairperson of the AIDS 2014 conference (to be held in Melbourne in July 2014). Present were Professor Sharon Lewin, Andrea Nannipieri and consuls-general from Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Egypt.

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AIDS 2014

28 November: Melbourne: The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a Thanksgiving dinner at the residence of the Consul-General for the United States to Victoria, Mary Warlick

13 & 14 November: Regional Victoria The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi on an overnight trip to tour the Northern areas of regional Victoria. Also present were the Director of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Mr John Richardson and consuls-general from the following countries. Mauritius, Botswana, Poland, England, United States, Japan, Maldives, Moldova and the Czech Republic. On the evening of 13th November we were hosted by the Mayor of Wodonga, Mr. Mark Byatt.

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance

7 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi on Remembrance Day at the Australian War memorial in Melbourne in the presence of His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria, Mr. Alex Chernov and The Honorable Tony Abbot, Prime Minister of Australia.

ww7 November: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Canberra International Film Festival and the Australian Premiere of the film “William and the Windmill.” Earlier, Mr Smyth gave a radio interview on ABC Radio on 666 in Canberra in support of the film.

4 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a function hosted by the His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria, Mr Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov in celebration of the commencement of the Spring Carnival in Melbourne.

October

25 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted the fourth Australian Diplomatic Forum at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. The keynote address was given by John Harnden, President ICC World Cup Cricket 2015 in the presence of more than 60 members of the diplomatic corps and representatives from the Victorian and Australian Federal Governments.

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Nexus Philanthropy Conference

18 October: Sydney, NSW The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, gave opening remarks at the Nexus Youth Conference which was convened in partnership with the United Nations. Mr Smyth gave his remarks at Government House in the presence of Her Excellency Professor Marie R Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales and Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie, AC, OBE.

Federation Square Melbourne

Federation Square Melbourne

18 October: Victoria The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Diwali Festival of Lights opening ceremony in Melbourne.

13 October: Victoria The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a Malawian community fundraiser lunch on behalf of Matawale  Health Centre in Zomba.

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7 October: Victoria The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the launch African Voice, an initiative of Monash University Law School in the presence of The Hon. Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia.

3 October: Victoria The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the annual Lord Mayors reception, Town Hall, Melbourne hosted by the Hon. Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

September

29 September: London, UK The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited the Malawian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Bernard Soale and the High Commission in John Street, Holborn, London.

August

Government House NSW

Government House NSW

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, together with His Excellency Malcolm McCusker and Mrs McCusker, The Governor of Western Australia, hosted the third Australian Diplomatic Forum at Government House in Perth, Western Australia. The forum honoured and acknowledged the Australian tertiary sector and their continuing contribution to the African mining renaissance. Present were High Commissioners and ministers representing Mozambique, Rwanda, Botswana and Australia.

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a briefing presented by His Excellency Matthew Neuhaus, High Commissioner to Malawi and Zimbabwe at the Novotel Hotel, Perth, Western Australia.

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ADU Perth

28 August: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the Africa Down Under Ministerial dinner, in the presence of the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett in Perth.

28 August 2013: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception hosted by the Foreign Minister of Australia, the Hon. Senator Bob Carr and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

9 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a lunch for the Australian Council for Educational Research at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in LaTrobe Street, Melbourne

1 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, paid a courtesy call to the members of the Edenhope (Victorian) Police Station in support of their multi-cultural program and focus on African communities.

July

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University of Sydney – Trent Smyth

29 July: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, gave the keynote address at the University of Sydney Poverty alleviation roundtable conference at the Castlereagh Street, Sydney campus.

22 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Independence celebrations for the Arab Republic of Egypt at Brighton Town Hall in the presence of the Consul-General of Egypt in Victoria Mr Khaled Rizk.

19 July: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador for the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Dr Hassan Hanafy Mahmoud El-Laithy at the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra.

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10 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended and spoke at a fundraising event for the Amitofo Care Centre Malawian orphanage at Box Hill Town Hall. Present were Cr. Ken Ong, the Consul for Mozambique, Mr Richard Udovenya and Cindy McLeish, Member of Parliament for Seymour.

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6 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a flag-raising ceremony at the Consulate of Malawi and later in Federation Square for the Malawian community. His Excellency, the incoming Dean of the Consular Corps, Minister Counsellor Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm officially welcomed the delegation.

1 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the United States Independence Day celebrations at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the presence of the US Ambassador to Australia Mr. Geoff Bleich, Consul-General Mary Warlick and Vice Consul Susan Schulz.

June

27 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi a function to commemorate the departure of the outgoing Dean of the Consular Corps, Mr Anton Babich, and the appointment of the new Dean of the Consular Corps, Mr Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm.

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Community Languages Australia Forum

19 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a roundtable summit on the future of Languages in Victoria hosted by the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, The Hon. Nick Kotsiras at the Victorian Government Investment centre.

16 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Emerge Cultural Festival in Fitzroy hosted by Multicultural Arts Victoria.

12 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at the “Friends of Palestine” cultural reception in the Queen’s Hall at the Parliament of Victoria.

11 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented Malawi at a reception to commemorate Israel’s independence day.

May

28 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a reception at the Victorian Government Investment Ctr for an official delegation of Chilean business leaders visiting the State of Victoria.

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Botswana High Commission

28 May : Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the official Africa Day ceremony at the Botswana High Commission in the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sen. Bob Carr.

28 May : Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a keynote presentation given by Mr. Bill Gates at the National Press Club entitled “Smart Aid: Australia’s Leadership and Innovating For the World’s Poorest.”

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Bill Gates – National Press Club

27 May: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, was present at a reception at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra sponsored by the Australian Africa Business Council, RIO Tinto and Aurecon.

27 May: Canberra The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a full-day “Africa Update” at the Australian National University sponsored by AusAID, DFAT and the Australian Africa Business Council.

25 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Africa Day annual dinner in North Melbourne in the company of Ms Jacqueline Zwambila, Ambassador for Zimbabwe and Ms Heddie Goldberg, Honorary Consul for Botswana.

25 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, gave a keynote presentation to the Girl Guides of Victoria AGM on the topic of Malawi and the progress made on the Millenium Development Goals.

21 May: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, held informal discussions with The Honorable Justice Michael Kirby at his Chambers in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

3 May: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the a workshop entitled “Building Sustainable Peace in Africa” convened at Melbourne University, Carlton. A keynote presentation was provided by H.E. Dr. Aisha Abdullahi African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.

April

30 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a reception commemorating the abdication by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands of the throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander.

18 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Consular Corps at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne.

Prof. Ian Harper

Prof. Ian Harper

17 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted the second African Diplomatic Forum in Melbourne. An excellent presentation was made by Professor Ian Harper and Lachman Smirl from Deloitte Access Economics about the challenges of securing a diversified economic base when a country’s comparative advantage in a particular industry or sector is very strong. The Forum was attended by the Hon Bruce Atkinson, MP, Cr Ken Ong, John Richardson & Julienne Hince from DFAT along with more than 18 African Consuls and Consuls-General from around Australia.

March

21 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended an evening reception at the Victorian Parliament at the invitation of the Honorable Bruce Atkinson, MP, President of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria and various members of the Consular Corps.

6 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Governor’s annual reception in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov and Mrs Chernov at the Australia Club.

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27 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the presentation of the Australia Awards winners for 2013 at the University of Melbourne.

January

25 January: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a reception for the second anniversary of Egypt’s 25 January Revolution at the official residence of the Consul-General for Egypt.

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Yasukuni Shrine

23 January: Tokyo, Japan The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda together with Squadron Leader Hugh Dolan.

22 January: Tokyo, Japan The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Tokyo and conducted formal meetings with H.E Ruben Ngwenya, Ambassador for Malawi and First Secretary Ms. Rosemary Kumitsonyo.

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December

17 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the official opening of the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in St Kilda Road Melbourne in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov.

13 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a function to farewell the State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr William Fisher at Docklands in Melbourne. Present were The. Hon. Tim Holding, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry.

7 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the annual dinner for the Victorian Consular Corps in the presence of, His Excellency, Mr William Fisher, State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Honorable Bruce Atkinson, MP, President of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria and various members of the Consular Corps.

7 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended Wonderful Indonesia, Harmony in colours fashion show at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne. Present were the Honorable Michael Gidley, Member for Mount Waverley and Mr Irmawan Emir Wisnandar, Consul General for Indonesia and Ms Natarsha Logan

5 December: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the celebration of the 79th birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the residence of the Japanese Consul General Mr Hidenobu Sobashima in Toorak. Present were The Hon Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria.

1 December: Perth The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the inaugural annual general meeting of the Association of Malawians in Australia at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

November

28 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, received at the Consulate Wame Dechambenoit, Deputy Head of Mission at Botswana High Commission, Canberra and Heddie Goldberg, Consul for Botswana in Victoria.

ACIAR27 November: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met with His Excellency, Professor Peter Mwanza, Minister for Agriculture, Malawi as part of the Ministers official visit to the Conference on Food Security in Africa, hosted by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

27 November: Sydney The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, met Graham Walker, Science Circus Africa Project Officer from the Australia National University.

12 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, hosted a luncheon at The Australia Club in William Street, Melbourne. Representatives from more than a dozen African countries along with senior Government leaders enjoyed a presentation on “strategies for managing country risk” by Professor Michael Crommelin, AO, from the University of Melbourne Law School.

11 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a memorial service for the passing of the Indian Consul-General in Victoria, Dr Subhakanta Behera at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne.

11 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, represented the Government and People of Malawi at the Remembrance Day memorial, Shrine of Remembrance, St Kilda Road Melbourne. Present were His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov, The Hon Ted Baillieu, Premier of Victoria and various members of the Victorian Consular Corps

7 November: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the opening of the new Malaysian Consulate-General in St Kilda Road Melbourne. Present were His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov and The Honourable Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman, Foreign Minister of Malaysia.

October

18 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, along with Crispin Siwande, Dept. of Immigration, Malawi, paid a courtesy call to Bruce Atkinson, MP, President of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria.

18 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, along with Crispin Siwande, Dept. of Immigration, Malawi, attended a Victorian Consular Corps reception and held informal discussions with Diego Velasco von Pilgrimm, Consul-General for Chile, Hidenobu Sobashima, Consul-General for Japan, Carlos de Lemos, Consul-General for Portugal and Dean of the Consular Corps, Graham Romanes

18 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, along with Crispin Siwande, Dept. of Immigration, Malawi, paid a courtesy call to Cr. Ken Ong at the Melbourne Town Hall.

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AIDS 2014 Melbourne

17 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, along with Crispin Siwande, Dept. of Immigration, Malawi, attended the Victorian Government AIDS 2014 reception. Mr Smyth was presented to the Victorian Minister for Health, David Davis MP and The Right Honourable Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor for Melbourne.

4 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, received Julia Newton-Howes, CEO Care Australia at the Consulate in Melbourne

2 October: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, received Nathan Mullins, security advisor, Australian Volunteers International at the Consulate in Melbourne

September

27 September: Melbourne The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended the Lord Mayors Victorian Consular Corps reception at Melbourne Town Hall

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Botswana High Commission

27 September: Canberra: The Honorary Consul, Mr Trent Smyth, attended a reception celebrating the independence of Botswana at the Botswana High Commission in Canberra.

19 September: Melbourne: The Honorary Consul received Melbourne City Councillor,  Cr. Jackie Watts at the Consulate.

August

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul hosted a reception to honour the commitment of Australian miners to Africa at the Weld Club, Barrack Street Perth. Present were, the Hon. Dr Cassim Chilumpha, Minister for Energy and Mining (Malawi), H.E. Mathew Neuhaus, Australian Ambassador to Malawi, H.E. Jacqueline Zwambila, Zimbabwean Ambassador to Australia, Michael Wood, State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Consul Heddie Goldberg, Botswana, Consul Pankaj Pathak, Botswana.

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Andrew Forrest – ADU

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul attended a luncheon hosted by Andrew Forrest, Director, Fortescue Metals and Mining and Chairman of Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul attended an evening reception hosted by the Hon. Martin Ferguson, Minister of Resources, Energy and Mining (Australia) and with the Hon. Dr. Cassim Chilumpha, Minister for Energy and Mining (Malawi) at the Western Australia Museum.

29 August: Perth The Honorary Consul was presented to His Excellency Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs McCusker at Government House, Perth Western Australia.

24 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul visited to the Consul-General of Malta at Lt Collins Street Melbourne and duly signed the condolences book honouring the passing of former Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff

10 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul visited Consul-General Diego Velasco-von Pilgrimm at the Consulate of the Republic of Chile, St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

3 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul hosted a reception in honour of the newly appointed Consul-General for Germany, Mr Michael Pearce S.C. Present was the Honorary Consul for Moldvoa and Sqd. Ldr Hugh Dolan.

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3 Treasury Place Melbourne

2 August: Melbourne The Honorary Consul was received at by the Honourable Nicholas Kotsiris M.P., State Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship.

July

29 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul attended a function at Etihad Stadium at the invitation of Melbourne City Council. Cr. Brian Shanahan and Cr. Ken Ong.

25 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul attended a farewell reception in honour of the departing Consul-General for Germany, Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich at the Windsor Hotel in Spring Street Melbourne. The Honorary Consul was presented to the incoming Consul-General, Mr. Michael Pearce, S.C.

17 July: Canberra 
The Honorary Consul travelled to Canberra to attend the inauguration of the Australia – Africa University Network at the invitation of Professor John Hearn from the University of Sydney. The Honorary Consul held informal discussions with Mr Dennis Richardson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Commonwealth of Australia and Dr Dennis Blight, Chairman of the Crawford Foundation.

2 July: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, attended a luncheon in support of the Melbourne Arts Foundation, presided over by Arts Victoria Chairman Ken Fehily.

June

29 June: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, at the invitation of the Consul-General of Egypt, Mr Mohamed Khairat and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, and accompanied by Natarsha Logan, attended a fundraiser at Docklands in Melbourne. The Honorary Consul held informal discussions with the Heads of Posts of the Consulates of Poland, Dr George Luk, the Czech Republic, Mr Milan Kantor and the Dean of the Consular Corps and Consul-General for the Maldives, Mr Linton Lethlean.

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Australian High Commission, Pretoria

25 June: Johannesburg The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, visited the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa and conducted informal meetings with Director, Professor Frans Viljoen and Post Doctoral Fellow Mr Dan Kuwali.

25 June: Johannesburg 
The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, visited the Australian High Commission, 292 Orient Street, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa and conducted informal meetings with Ms Sandy Collett, First Secretary and Mr Tony Barlow, First Secretary and Consul.

25 June: Johannesburg The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, met with Greg Hull, Senior Trade Commissioner, Sub-Saharan Africa, at the Austrade offices, Forum Building, Sandton, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

23 June: Mzuzu The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, met with Prof. Harrison Kalua, Chairman Africa Fine Coffees Association in Mzuzu.

22 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, was presented to The Honorable. Daniel Liwimbi, Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Tourism House, Area 40 Lilongwe.

21 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, was presented to Professor, The Honorable. Peter Mwanza, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security.

21 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, met with Mr. Gregory Walker, General Manager, Paladin Energy Limited, Samala House, City Centre, Lilongwe and Australian Honorary Consul designate in Malawi.

21 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, met with Clement Kumbemba, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Malawi Investment and Trade Centre, Aquarius House, Area 40, Lilongwe. In attendance was Lovemore Ndege, Investment Promotion Executive.

21 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, was presented to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology The Honorable Eunice Kazembe, M.P. Secretary for the Minister.

21 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, was presented to Her Excellency, The President, Mrs Joyce Banda at the New State House in Lilongwe.

20 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, visited the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Capital Hill, Lilongwe, Malawi and met with Principal Protocol Officer, Alfred Nkhoma.

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Sunbird Capital

20 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, held informal discussions with Matthew Edler, Managing Director, Lynas Africa Limited at the Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilongwe.

15 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, attended a meeting with CARE Australia at CARE House, Martino Complex, Lilongwe, Malawi. Present were Dr Cecily Bryant (Country director).

15 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, visited The Lilongwe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to conduct informal meetings and tour the facility with Dr Richard Ssuna at the Clinic in Lilongwe.

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Lilongwe

15 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, dined in Lilongwe with Shane Flanagan, First Secretary & Deputy Head of Mission, representing the Australian Embassy, Zimbabwe.

14 June: Lilongwe The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, attended a meeting with Richard Dictus, Permanent Representative to Malawi, United Nations, UNDP.

May

24 May: Canberra The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth attended an Africa Day celebration at the Botswana High Commission in Canberra at the invitation of Ms Heddie Goldberg, Consul for Botswana in Victoria. Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr addressed those in attendance.

23 May: Canberra The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth visited AusAid, Assistant Director-General, Africa Branch, and Mr Matt Kellam, Southern African Section.

April

24 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth was presented with a copy of the Australian Exequatur by Acting State Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ms Julienne Hince and Protocol officer Mr Andrew Coghill at the Victorian State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

21 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth attended a formal celebration of the anniversary of the Presentation of the George Cross to the Country of Malta at the invitation of the Consul General of Malta, Mr Charles Mifsud.

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The Hon Gareth Evans

18 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth attended a function organised by the Consular Corps of Melbourne in honour of the retirement of the Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Portugal, Dr Carlos Pereira de Lemos) as Honorary Secretary of the Consular Corps of Melbourne. The Honourable Gareth Evans, AO QC, Chancellor of the Australian National University and former Foreign Minister of Australia gave the address at the Woodward Centre, Melbourne Law School, Parkville, Melbourne.

11 April: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth received the Consul-General of Japan, The Honorable Hidenobu Sobashima, at The Consulate of the Republic of Malawi, Stawell Chambers, 493 – 495 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.

March

30 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, hosted a luncheon to celebrate the granting of agrément of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia for Mr Trent J. Smyth as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi at Caterina’s Restaurant, Melbourne.

14 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, at the invitation of The Ideas Institute, attended the 60th Anniversary of the “Ascari” Ferrari at 101 Collins Street, Melbourne.

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Melbourne Club

6 March: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth at the invitation of the Honorary Secretary of the Consular Corps of Melbourne, Mr Linton Lethlean, Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of the Maldives, attended the annual dinner of the Consular Corps of Melbourne at the Melbourne Club, 36 Collins Street.The Honorary Consul, Trent Smyth was presented to His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Alex Chernov and the Dean of the Consular Corps, MrStuart Gill, Consul-General of the United Kingdom

February

26 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, attended a reception in honour of SqLdr Hugh Dolan.

16 February: Melbourne The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi, Trent Smyth, hosted a lunch at Movida Aqui in Melbourne in for Melbourne City Councillor Cr. Ken Ong.