By Morgan Williams, Publisher and Editor
Action Ukraine Report (AUR) #706, Article 4
Washington, D.C., Monday, June 5, 2006
William B. Taylor, Jr. will be sworn in as Ambassador of the United States of America to Ukraine on Monday afternoon, June 5, 2006 at the United States Department of State Benjamin Franklin room.
The U.S. Senate confirmed William B. Taylor, Jr. to be U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine on Friday, May 26th. He was nominated by President Bush for the post on May 1st, AUR
"I had the opportunity to work with Ambassador Taylor when he was Deputy Coordinator, then Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (initially called Assistance to the NIS)," says Morgan Williams, AUR editor.
As Deputy Coordinator from late 1991, he was responsible for developing many of the initial U.S. assistance programs for Ukraine and the other countries of the former Soviet Union; and as Coordinator, he was U.S. chair of the U.S.-Ukraine Coordinating Committee for Economic Cooperation that covered the entire range of macroeconomic, financial, energy, and commercial issues.
Since 2004 until just recently, Amb. Taylor was at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, as Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. Before that, in July 2003, he was appointed as the Afghanistan Coordinator the U.S. Department of State, after having served in Afghanistan as the Special Representative for Donor Assistance to Afghanistan.
Prior to his coordinating roles in the 1990's for U.S. assistance to the NIS, Amb. Taylor served as the Special Deputy Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO; directed an in-house Defense Department think tank at Fort McNair; and earlier served for five years on the staff of U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. The people who work on Ukrainian issues in Washington and in Kyiv are very pleased to have Bill Taylor as the next U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.He has a strong reputation as a professionaldiplomat,has a high degree of knowledge and considerable experience related to
Ukrainian issues,is very personable,friendly and a person whoiswilling to meet and discuss the practical issues faced by real businesspeople and investors.
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