Washington, DC — Jessica Davis Ba, a profession diplomat with intensive Africa expertise, has been chosen by President Biden to be the U.S. ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire. Previously often known as Ivory Coast, the nation has a inhabitants of 27 million and is the most important financial system in Francophone Africa and the third largest in West Africa, after Nigeria and. Ghana.
Davis Ba has had diplomatic assignments in Chad, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya – the place she centered on Somalia – in addition to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. She served as senior Africa advisor for Vice President Kamala Harris earlier than she accomplished that task in March and returned to the State Division the place she is a Senior Advisor within the Bureau of African Affairs.
The White Home announcement reads:
Jessica Davis Ba is a profession member of the Senior Overseas Service, class of Counselor. She most lately served as Senior Coordinator and Particular Advisor for Africa within the Workplace of the Vice President. Beforehand, Davis Ba served because the Chargé d’Affaires, advert interim of the U.S. Embassy N’Djamena, Chad and previous to that she was the Deputy Chief of Mission on the U.S. Mission to the African Union and U.S. Deputy Everlasting Consultant to the UN Financial Fee for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Amongst her different assignments, Davis Ba served as Deputy Program Director on the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as Particular Assistant within the State Division Operations Heart, and as Deputy Director, Worldwide Narcotics and Regulation Enforcement on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Her earlier assignments embody serving as Deputy Counselor for Financial Affairs and Regional Labor Officer on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and as Political/Financial Officer for the Somalia Affairs Unit within the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. Davis Ba earned her B.A. from the College of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from the College of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg College for Communication. She speaks French and Spanish.
Vacancies in Many Posts
At present, 15 American embassies throughout Africa are with out Senate-confirmed ambassadors. Senate Republicans have slowed confirmations for senior posts on the State Division and different businesses, requiring separate ground votes for every nominee.
On Thursday, the Senate Overseas Relations Committee voted to undergo the complete Senate nominees for 5 Africa posts: political appointees Michael A. Battle, Sr. for Tanzania and Margaret (Meg) Whitman for Kenya, in addition to profession international service officers Michael C. Gonzales for Zambia, John T. Godfrey for Sudan and Michael J. Adler for South Sudan.
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The Committee postponed motion on Reuben E. Brigety II who testified earlier than the Committee on Could 24 together with the 5 who received Committee endorsement this week. Two different profession nominees beforehand permitted by the Committee await Senate motion – Howard Van Vranken for Botswana and Alexander Laskaris Chad. The White Home has not introduced nominations for Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritius & Seychelles, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda or Zimbabwe.