23 June 2014

Liberia: 'Prospects for Liberia's Energy Sector' - U.S. Dep. Sec. of State

Monrovia — The Unites States of America's visiting Deputy Secretary of State currently visiting Liberia, Ms. Heather Higginbottom says, while in the country, she held talks with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the importance of developing Liberia's energy sector for the continued economic growth.

At a news briefing Friday, the U.S. official climaxed her week-long visit to Liberia, with a meeting with President Sirleaf during she discussed several other issues, including the upcoming African Leaders Summit in Washington, which will underscore President Obama's Strong commitment to Africa and the recent travel of Liberia's 15 YALI fellows to the United States as part of President Barrack Obama's Youth initiative.

Said Higginbottom: "I also commended President Sirleaf for her leadership of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the common African Position Commission. I reaffirmed that the United States welcomes the common African position, and I expressed support for Africa's leadership and participation, as we work together to pursue a successful post 2015 Development Agenda."

The Visiting US diplomat also told journalists that the relationship between the United States and Liberia is deep with a long history, and she was glad that she had the opportunity to see Liberia. She said the ties between the governments of Liberia and the U.S and Citizens of the two countries are strong and will continue to strengthen the partnership in the years ahead.

"I want to thank everyone again for extending such a warm welcome to me and for taking time to give me insight into some key issues facing Liberia as we move forward on their development agenda," Higginbottom added. Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan described the U.S. official's visit as successful and said it was a strong demonstration of the good relationship between Liberia and the U.S.

The Minister commended the U.S Deputy Secretary of State for accepting the challenge to come to Africa and Liberia, specifically to have sightseeing on the level of improvement in the country has made over the years.

Prior to her joining the State Department, Ms. Higginbottom served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where she was the chief Operating officer of the OMB and a Principal architect of the federal budget from January 2009 to January 2011.

She also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. In that role, she advised the President on a range of education, immigration, and economic development issues, including helping to design the race to the top and promise Neighborhood programs.

The U.S Deputy Secretary of state began working for then Senator Obama in 2007, when she served as policy Director for President's Campaign and supervised all aspects of foreign and domestic policy development.

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