U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom arrives in Liberia June 19 for a two-day official visit as part of a three-nation African tour. The visit began with stops in Senegal and Kenya.
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom will hold talks with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other Liberian officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will also meet with the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General, Karin Landgren, and representatives of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
While in Liberia, she will also hold discussions with members of the non-governmental organization, Liberia Investing in Business Expansion (IBEX), about ways to promote women entrepreneurs and small business training programs. IBEX is a U.S.-sponsored project intended to remove barriers to growing small businesses.
The Deputy Secretary will be the guest of honor at a reception, where she will have the opportunity to meet a number of Liberian youth leaders, including members of the U.S. Ambassador’s Council of Youth Advisors and applicants for President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders (YALI) Washington Fellowship Program.
In Senegal, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom met with senior Senegalese officials, including Prime Minister Aminata Touré and the Minister of Economy and Finance Amadou Ba. The Deputy Secretary also met with prominent business leaders and American companies, visited U.S. Government-supported health and food security projects, and participated in a reception with YALI candidates, young entrepreneurs, and alumni of U.S.-funded exchange programs.
In Kenya, the Deputy Secretary met with senior Kenyan Government officials and discussed a range of issues of mutual interest in the U.S.-Kenya partnership, such as health, wildlife conservation, economic development and commercial ties, and security. She visited U.S.-supported health and economic development projects, including a Kenyan company that exports its products to the United States. She also held discussions with private sector and civil society leaders.
Ms. Higginbottom was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate in December 2013. In her current role, she shares in the global responsibilities for U.S. foreign policy and has broad management and programmatic oversight responsibilities for both the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.