Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero will travel to Kenya from November 29 to December 2 to address global affairs issues related to peace, security, and stability in east and central Africa. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Page will accompany Under Secretary Otero on the trip.
During her visit to Nairobi, Kenya, Under Secretary Otero will give a keynote address at the Citibank Mobile Money Forum, bringing attention to the potential for mobile payment systems to enable financial inclusion and improve Africa’s social and economic development. She will meet with Prime Minister Odinga and with senior government officials and civil society representatives, including youth groups, women leaders and religious organizations focusing on human security, urban refugees, and conflict prevention and mitigation.
As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero oversees the bureaus of Population, Refugees and Migration; Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.