The North Dakota University System in partnership with the North Dakota National Guard hosted the U.S Ambassador to Togo this week for a discussion on African policy and why it matters. The topic was discussed with students, faculty and staff at Bismarck State College at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the National Energy Center of Excellence.
U.S. Ambassador David Gilmour took his first trip to North Dakota as part of the NDNG’s State Partnership Program (SPP). He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Togo in December 2015. North Dakota currently is state partners with three West Africa Nations, Ghana (2004), Togo (2014) and Benin (2014).
Gilmour is a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a position he held from 2011 until his appointment as ambassador to Togo. Prior to that, Mr. Gilmour served as the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 to 2013, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama from 2008 to 2011, and Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland from 2007 to 2008. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2004 to 2007 and as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, Australia from 2000 to 2004.
The State Partnership Program (SPP) has been building relationships for more than 20 years that includes 73 unique security partnerships involving 79 nations around the globe. SPP links a unique component of the Department of Defense – a state’s National Guard – with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.