New US Ambassador to Liberia Anticipated Quickly

Ambassador McCarthy lays his left hand on the Bible with the proper hand up as he takes an oath

The U.S. Embassy close to Monrovia is anxiously awaiting the arrival of its Ambassador-designate, Michael McCarthy, who’s to succeed Ambassador Christine Elder who took an early exit from her project in Liberia of service months in the past.

Ambassador McCarthy has since been named by President Donald Trump, however maybe his coming might need been impeded by the Coronavirus that has claimed many lives in the USA

The U.S. Embassy, in a Fb publish, said: “Ambassador-designate Michael McCarthy takes one other step towards turning into the subsequent U.S. Ambassador to Liberia. His swearing-in ceremony happened on December 9, 2020 in Washington, D.C. We stay up for his arrival!”

The Embassy additionally famous: “There shall be perpetual peace and friendship between the USA of America and the Republic of Liberia, and likewise between residents of each international locations.”

The social media web page of the Embassy has grow to be flooded with congratulatory messages and desires with some expressing excessive anxiousness to see the newly appointed US Ambassador come to Liberia.

Ambassador-designate McCarthy has been in public service for 34 years and labored as a International Service Officer within the Division of State, as a Civil Servant within the Government Workplace of the President, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.  He has additionally served in South Sudan as Deputy Chief of Mission and in different post-conflict international locations in transition, and has labored on African points for a lot of the previous twenty years, most not too long ago because the Consul Basic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In his testimonies earlier than the International Affairs Committee within the US Senate, Ambassador-designate McCarthy stated:  “Mr. Chairman, Senators, I can consider no greater honor than to symbolize the American individuals as Ambassador of the USA to the Republic of Liberia, a rustic with which the USA shares a particular bond rooted in our deep historic ties, and preserved by way of our dedication to democracy, human rights, financial prosperity, and better safety within the West African area.  If confirmed, I proceed to strengthen all aspects of our bilateral relationship and make sure that the USA stays a steadfast accomplice as Liberia grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.”  

Ambassador-designate McCarthy additionally vowed that he’ll lead the U.S. Embassy’s broad and extremely cooperative interagency staff — which incorporates USAID and the US Facilities for Illness Management, in addition to the Division of State, Division of Protection, the Millennium Problem Company, and the Peace Corps to make sure that Liberia stays on a path to self-reliance, that bizarre Liberians see the advantages of private-sector progress and accountable authorities, and that the nation stays the USA’ most steadfast accomplice on the African continent.

With guarantees to open Liberia to American companies and convey financial prosperity to Liberians, Ambassador McCarthy additionally has in bundle to make sure that Liberia doesn’t backtrack from the progress it has made to extend transparency and struggle corruption.  He stated Liberia’s progress and improvement will rely upon elevated commerce and funding, which in flip would require that U.S. and worldwide companies are assured they will compete overtly and pretty and that any issues will discover treatment in an sincere and neutral justice system.

He added: “These identical issues will inform my method to human rights, because the justice sector, strained by the pandemic, struggles to cope with reported instances of sexual and gender-based violence, rape, youngster labor, and human trafficking.  These abuses should be confronted for their very own sake, in addition to to make sure a broader system of accountability, good governance, and rule of legislation.”   

Ambassador McCarthy is a product of Tulane College within the State of Louisiana the place he earned Bachelor of Science diploma.  He joined the International Service in 1990.  He was nominated on Could 27, 2020 by outgoing President Donald J. Trump.

In response to the U.S. Division of State, Mr. McCarthy’s earlier assignments embrace service because the Administration Officer on the U.S. Consulate Basic in Frankfurt, Germany, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India and the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea.  Previous to that, he was the Space Administration Officer of the East Africa Division within the Workplace of Abroad Buildings and Operations on the U.S. Division of State and a Nation Desk Officer within the Workplace of West African Affairs within the State Division’s Bureau of African Affairs.  He additionally served on the U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Uruguay; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Bangkok, Thailand.  Earlier than becoming a member of the International Service, he was the Vice President, Advertising for Compro Methods, Inc., in Baltimore, MD.  He additionally was a Technical Data Specialist within the Government Workplace of the President along with serving earlier as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.

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