December 1, 2022

Senior U.S. diplomat Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau travels to South Africa, Tanzania and Liberia to help counter disinformation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with State Department Director of Media Relations Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau before delivering a speech focused on Obama administration climate change policy on January 9, 2016, during an appearance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [State Department photo
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with State Department Director of Media Relations Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau before delivering a speech focused on Obama administration climate change policy on January 9, 2016, during an appearance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [State Department photo

United States Acting Assistant Secretary for Global Public Affairs Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau is traveling to South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, and Belgium from November 7 to November 17, 2022, to meet with government officials and civil society organizations, foreign media outlets and press, influencers, students, journalists, and U.S. diplomatic mission staff.

“Her 10-day trip will prioritize working with U.S. diplomatic missions on policy and messaging priorities, including the importance of press freedom and countering disinformation, media empowerment and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and government corruption and accountability,” the State Department said in a statement on Monday.

It wrote, “In South Africa, Acting Assistant Secretary Trudeau will meet with media contacts on how the COVID-19 pandemic, climate, and conflict have impacted the U.S.-Africa relationship. She will also meet with U.S. exchange alumni.

“In Tanzania, Acting Assistant Secretary Trudeau will meet with media contacts and exchange alumni, and speak at the University of Dar es Salaam Journalism School on press freedom and the importance of journalism.

“She will attend the “Heroes of COVID” event in honor of front-line healthcare workers and vaccine champions who are combatting the pandemic on the ground. She will also participate in the opening ceremony of the American Corner in Unguja as well as visit the M&M products facility in Kwarara.

“In Liberia, Acting Assistant Secretary Trudeau will meet with government officials, civil society actors, U.S. exchange alumni, and local media. She will also hold an Embassy press roundtable and tour the historic Providence Island, a beneficiary of the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation.

“In Belgium, Acting Assistant Secretary Trudeau will attend the NATO Senior Communicators Conference on strategic communications and public diplomacy initiatives. She will participate in a panel on Transatlantic Approaches to Public Diplomacy. She will also meet with government officials and media outlets to discuss her trip.”

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