ABIDJAN – The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs Robert P. Jackson visited Côte d’Ivoire today. The purpose of PDAS Jackson’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire was to meet with Ivoirian leaders on issues such as preparations for the coming presidential election, security sector reform, and the business climate.
“We are delighted to have PDAS Jackson in Côte d’Ivoire to see firsthand the progress that has been made to grow the economy and rebuild the country after years of conflict,” U.S. Ambassador Terence McCulley said. “The visit by one of the highest ranking officials in the Department of State demonstrates the commitment of the United States to the future of Côte d’Ivoire.”
As part of his visit, PDAS Jackson met with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, officials from the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), political leaders, and representatives from American businesses working in the country. The purpose was to gain a better sense of the progress that has been made, and to convey the desire of the United States to see an open and inclusive election in 2015.
Earlier in his career, PDAS Jackson was a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire. Most recently, PDAS Jackson served as the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon. He has also been Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires in Rabat, Morocco and in Dakar, Senegal. In addition, PDAS Jackson has worked in Zimbabwe and Burundi.