Australia–Paraguay relations

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Australia–Paraguay relations
Map indicating locations of Australia and Paraguay


Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Paraguay (A$ millions) since 1988

Australia–Paraguay relations refers to bilateral relations between Australia and Paraguay. Diplomatic relations were established in 1974. Paraguay has an embassy in Canberra whilst Australia has a non resident ambassador in Buenos Aires. Both countries are members of the Cairns Group.

Diplomatic relations[edit]

Australia and Paraguay established diplomatic relations in 1974, and Australia’s first Ambassador to Paraguay, H.A. Dunn, presented credentials on 6 October 1976.[1] A Paraguayan consulate was present in Melbourne in 2008. Diplomatic and consular relations between Australia and Paraguay were re-established were established in 2011. In January 2011, Australia opened an honorary consulate in the city of Asunción, with official Yan Speranza, also executive director of the Moises Bertoni Foundation in Paraguay, acting within his capacity as consul.[2][3][4][1] The honorary consulate provides limited consular services to Australians in Paraguay. September 2011, when Paraguay opened an embassy in Canberra, with diplomats Esteban Bedoya and Yuli Kujawa present until 2014.[1][5]

Cultural relations[edit]

The most notable event between Australia and Paraguay was the establishment of New Australia a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay founded by the Australian New Australian Movement. This movement was founded by William Lane. Lane recruited 220 shearers, stockmen and unionists and sailed from Sydney in July 1893 for Paraguay. At the time, the Paraguayan government was keen to get Australian migration to boost the population of young men to rebuild the population and boost the local economy and the Government had offered the group a large area of good land. [6] The colony was officially founded on 28 September 1893 as Colonia Nueva Australia and comprised 238 adults and children.[7]


Bilateral trade between Australia and Paraguay is small, reflecting on deals happening at times rather than continuous arrangements of supply. In 2013-14, two-way merchandise trade totaled AUD$3.4 million, of which AUD$1.3 million were Australian exports, made up mainly of paper and paper products, civil engineering equipment and machine tools for working metal. Australia's major import from Paraguay (2013-14) was oil-seeds and oleaginous fruits.[8] In December 2009, P&O Maritime Services acquired a 70 per cent stake in the Dos Santos Group Bulk Barging business, a river navigation business based in Asunción. P&O's head office is based in Melbourne and the company maintains operations in five Australian ports.[8] There may be some openings for investment in the agribusiness sector and for the export of agriculture related and other products and services from Australia.[8] The mining industry in Paraguay has, to date, been relatively underdeveloped but the recent discovery of one of the world's three largest deposits of ilmenite (a titanium ore) has the potential to greatly expand mining in the country.[8] Australian companies with existing interests in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay may find that the close commercial ties that these countries have with Paraguay may facilitate entry into the Paraguayan market.[8] In 2011, the Paraguayan-Australian Chamber of Commerce was formed. This organisation works closely with the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires to facilitate and encourage trade and investment between the two countries.[8]

High level visits[edit]

  • April 2013 – An Australian parliamentary delegation led by then Speaker Anna Burke visited Paraguay.[8]
  • May 2014 – Paraguay was represented at the 2014 Latin America Down Under Mining Conference in Sydney by an official from its Ministry of Mines and Energy.[8]

Notable Australian-Paraguayans[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Paraguay". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  2. ^ "HonCon Paraguay - Embajada de Australia". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Contact in Paraguay - Embajada de Australia". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Australian Consulate in Asunción, Paraguay". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Embassy of Paraguay in Australia". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  6. ^ "1893 The New Australia Colony Collection". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Cosme and New Australia colonies". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2006-07-27. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paraguay country brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Australian Player Database - SE". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 
  10. ^ ${w.time} (2012-12-19). "Final de rugby del Torneo Clausura 2012 de Powerade - Edicion Impresa - ABC Color". Retrieved 2016-10-20. 

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