USAID Provides $100,000 in Immediate Disaster Relief to People Affected by La Soufrière Volcano Eruption

The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing an immediate $100,000 in disaster relief for people affected by violent eruptions of La Soufrière Volcano on the island of Saint Vincent. This assistance follows support USAID has already provided to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) for evacuation efforts and the …

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Natural Disaster Alert: Volcanic Ash in Barbados – U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Location: Barbados Event: The Barbados Meteorological Services issued a severe volcanic ash warning for the island on April 10, 2021.  A thick plume of volcanic ash from the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent, which erupted on April 9, is currently affecting the island.  Satellite imagery of the volcano continues to show a thick plume of ash …

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Natural Disaster Alert: Volcanic Eruption in St. Vincent – U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

Location: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Event: St. Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) confirmed several eruptions at the La Soufriere volcano with ash plumes up to 20,000 feet on April 9. The ash cloud is moving east from St. Vincent with ash fall reported as far southeast as Argyle International Airport, which is located approximately 12 …

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United States Congratulates St. Kitts and Nevis and COVAX Donor Countries on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States congratulates St. Kitts and Nevis on the April 7 arrival of more than 21,000 vaccines through COVAX, its first tranche from the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. COVAX is a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. St. Kitts and Nevis participate as a self-financing member and an active partner …

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United States Congratulates Antigua and Barbuda and COVAX Donor Countries on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States congratulates Antigua and Barbuda on the April 8 arrival of 24,000 vaccines through COVAX, its first tranche from the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. COVAX is a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Antigua and Barbuda participates as a self-financing member and an active partner in the multilateral effort …

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RSS Air Wing Keeps Flying with United States Support

On Friday, April 9, U.S. Southern Command donated a C-26A maritime patrol aircraft spare engine to the Regional Security System (RSS) Air Wing, as well as additional aviation spare parts including gyros, landing actuators, and navigational transponders. The donation, which is valued at approximately US$750,000, is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign …

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U. S. congratulates Grenada on arrival of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

The United States congratulates Grenada on the successful arrival of 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 on April 7, 2021. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out of a total planned …

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U.S. congratulates St. Vincent and the Grenadines on arrival of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

[Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines] — The United States congratulates St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the successful arrival of 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 on April 6, 2021. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently …

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U.S. congratulates Saint Lucia on arrival of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

[Castries, Saint Lucia] — The United States congratulates Saint Lucia on the successful arrival of 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 on April 7, 2021. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out …

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U.S. congratulates Dominica on arrival of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

[Roseau, Dominica] — The United States congratulates Dominica on the successful arrival of 28,800 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 on April 6, 2021. This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced an initial $2 billion obligation—out of a …

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U.S. and Canada Partner for Virtual Exchange on Gender Economic Disparity in the Eastern Caribbean

On March 30th, the Embassy of the United States and the High Commission of Canada jointly hosted a virtual dialogue on the “Gender Economic Disparity in the Eastern Caribbean.” The event, streamed on Facebook Live, featured a moderated discussion on the ways in which the private and public sectors can incorporate more gender-inclusive policies as …

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“She Inspires” Women’s History Month event expands the networks of the next generation of Eastern Caribbean female leaders

On March 25, 2021, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS convened 21 Eastern Caribbean and U.S. female leaders at a virtual conference to inspire and expand the networks of over 150 female conference participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent …

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24 women graduate from the U.S. Embassy’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS held a closing ceremony for its second cohort of Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program. The Academy graduated 24 women creating and leading start-ups in construction, catering, fashion, education, human resource development, and other fields. The program provided them …

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U.S. and Vincentian Legislators Discuss Bilateral Ties and COVID Response

On Thursday, March 18, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines House of Assembly met virtually to deepen and broaden U.S.-Vincentian bilateral ties.  The meeting, part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), ran over its scheduled hour as the members discussed their legislatures’ role in the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Renewal of U.S. Visas Made Easier

The United States has further expanded opportunities to renew U.S. visas without having to come to the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados for an in-person interview. These new “interview waiver” procedures will ease travel to the United States for many visitors who do not live in Barbados, as well as contribute to mitigating exposure to COVID-19. Most citizens and passport holders of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, …

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Drones gifted by the United States will help the Eastern Caribbean predict and respond to climate variability and natural disasters

On March 17, 2021 the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided five drones to the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) to strengthen the region’s capability to predict and respond to climate variability and natural disasters. The drones will support the CIMH’s work in gathering climate data …

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U.S. and UK Governments provide equipment to Barbados prosecutors to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19

On Thursday March 11, the United States and the United Kingdom provided $75,000 of equipment to Barbados prosecutors to support remote criminal justice operations. The equipment will be used to facilitate remote working and virtual appearances at court proceedings, and further efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19. The equipment gifted through the …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Business Leaders to Champion Future Barbadian Female Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, March 9, the United States Embassy in Bridgetown hosted a virtual panel discussion entitled Biz Talk: How WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Do Business! in celebration of Women’s History Month and as part of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWE). AWE is a business development and networking program for women entrepreneurs. The U.S. Embassy …

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USTDA, Caribbean Nations Partner on Energy Procurement

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency launched the Caribbean Regional Energy Procurement Assistance Program on March 4 to support the development of high-quality energy infrastructure in eight Caribbean countries. The Program is supported under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value and represents a new U.S. government partnership with the Governments of Belize, Dominica, Grenada, …

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PAS-BGI-FY21-03: Women in Politics Leadership Institute Program Coordinator

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WHA/U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: Women in Politics Leadership Institute Program Coordinator Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-BGI-FY21-03 Deadline for Applications: April 2, 2021 Assistance Listing Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Total Amount Available: $15,000.00 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Public Affairs Section (PAS), U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, of the U.S. Department …

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St. Vincent Girls’ High School student wins U.S. Embassy’s Fourth Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

Marika Baptiste of the St. Vincent Girls’ High School won the top prize at the U.S. Embassy’s Fourth Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition. The competition is held each February in recognition of Black History Month. This year secondary school students from across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean were invited to give outstanding …

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Emergency response capabilities enhanced with donation of new ambulance to Ministry of Health

St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society (SKNRCS), has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to present the Ministry of Health with a fully equipped ambulance on February 24, 2021, at the JNF General Hospital grounds. Dr. Delores Stapleton …

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The United States Announces a US$4 billion Contribution to a Global Vaccine Initiative

On February 18, 2021, the United States announced a $4 billion contribution to support the purchase and delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including frontline health care workers. The U.S. contribution includes an initial and immediate $2 billion to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which …

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U.S. Provides Forklift to Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management

The United States Embassy donated a forklift to Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management to enhance Dominica’s disaster readiness and resilience. The equipment was acquired through U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program, which is dedicated to helping partner nations build their disaster readiness, response and mitigation capabilities. “This donation to Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management …

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Saint Lucia Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 22, 2021 On behalf of the United States Government, it is my pleasure to congratulate the people of Saint Lucia on the occasion of their 42nd independence day. The United States values Saint Lucia’s regional leadership and partnership.  We continue to take steps forward together in education, …

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Crisis Communications TechCamp kicks off with Virtual Meet and Greet Session

A virtual meet and greet session for participants of the Crisis Communication TechCamp took place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The event was coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), U.S. Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean, and ECA TechCamp. The event brought together over 30 journalists, government information officers, disaster management professionals, and …

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United States Completes First Maritime Vessel Upgrade in Dominica

On Monday, February 1, work was completed on the first of Dominica Marine Unit’s two nearshore intercept vessels, as part of a US$800,000 modernization initiative to upgrade the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force’s fleet. The SAFE Boat Mid-Life Upgrade included a complete vessel overhaul, new engines, and a spare parts package to ensure continued operability. …

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Antigua and Barbuda National Participates in Prestigious Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Students Scholarship recipients for this academic year. Antigua and Barbuda national Kendra Beazer has travelled to Pennsylvania to begin a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Lehigh University, funded by the U.S. …

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Grenadian Participates in Prestigious Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship recipients for this academic year. Grenadian Larissa Mark has travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to begin graduate-level studies in Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, funded by the U.S. …

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Apply for OneBeat Virtual

OneBeat announces an exciting new series of virtual exchanges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. OneBeat Virtual will digitally convene 70 musicians from up to 44 countries and territories in two separate virtual exchanges taking place July 12 – September 6, 2021 and September 20 – November 17, 2021. Each program will offer a fully …

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U.S. Visa Renewal Interview Waiver Extended to Antigua and Barbuda

As part of the United States Government’s continuing efforts to facilitate travel with our Caribbean partners, improve customer service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and streamline the visa renewal process, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce interview visa waivers for qualified citizens of Antigua and Barbuda as of February 11, 2021. Passport holders from Antigua …

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U.S. Visa Renewal Interview Waiver Extended to the Commonwealth of Dominica

As part of the United States Government’s continuing efforts to facilitate travel with our Caribbean partners, improve customer service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and streamline the visa renewal process, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce interview visa waivers for qualified citizens of Dominica as of February 8, 2021. Passport holders from Dominica, with the …

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Grenada Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 7, 2021 On behalf of the government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Grenada on the 47th anniversary of your independence. The United States appreciates Grenada’s regional leadership and partnership as we work toward greater security, prosperity, and democracy.  This past year, the …

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U.S. Visa Renewal Interview Waiver Extended to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

As part of the United States Government’s continuing efforts to facilitate travel with our Caribbean partners, improve customer service during the COVID-19 pandemic, and streamline the visa renewal process, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce interview visa waivers for qualified citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as of February 4, 2021. Passport holders …

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National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States.  It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and his fellow civil rights advocates, …

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Waiver Process for CDC Order on Pre-Flight COVID Testing

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.   Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC …

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U.S. Embassy seeks proposals for the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The Embassy of the United States to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown) announces an open call for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2021).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni …

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U.S. Embassy Cancels All Non-Immigrant Visa Appointments

Due to changes in Barbados’s general COVID-19 posture, Embassy Bridgetown has canceled all nonimmigrant visa appointments effective Thursday, January 28. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb, or call 246 623 9832 or 246 623 9833 to request an emergency appointment. The MRV fee …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

JANUARY 20, 2021 The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for …

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U.S. Ambassador Toasts Inauguration at Mount Gay

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela visited the Mount Gay distillery in St. Lucy to toast the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris. When George Washington was elected the first President of the United States in 1789, he special ordered a barrel of Barbados rum for his inauguration. Mount Gay is …

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Non-immigrant Visa Appointments Update

Due to changes in Barbados’s general COVID-19 posture, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown has canceled all visa appointments from Wednesday, January 6 to Friday, January 15, 2021. Non-immigrant visa applicants having an appointment during this period may reschedule their appointment here: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb/niv . Your MRV fee remains valid. If you have an urgent need to travel to …

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Let’s link up on LinkedIn!

Having successfully launched our Instagram page in 2018 and our WhatsApp channel in 2020, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is excited to invite you to follow us today on our LinkedIn page! Our LinkedIn channel will allow us to share with you: – vacancies at the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown and our satellite offices business opportunities including …

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Royal Grenada Police Force CariSECURE Training

Members of the Royal Grenada Police Force at a training session for the Police Incident Form which was developed under the CariSECURE project. The United States Government is Strengthening Evidence Based Decision Making in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean On December 14, 2020, the Citizen Security in the Caribbean (CariSECURE) project and its software development …

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US-Funded Upgrades Bring Coast Guard Fleet to Full Strength

Wednesday, December 16, marks the completion of the United States government’s year-long US$1 million upgrade of the Royal Grenada Police Force Coast Guard’s two nearshore intercept vessels. The SAFE Boat Mid-Life Upgrade included a complete vessel overhaul, new engines, and a spare parts package to ensure continued operability. The upgrades extend the vessels’ performance for …

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Grammy Award Winner Kicks Off Barbados Tour with Music Students

BRIDGETOWN – On Wednesday, November 11, music students from Barbados Community College (BCC) and University of West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus sang, danced, and played instruments alongside Tim and the Space Cadets, a New York-based music group touring Barbados this week.  Tim Kubart, who won a Grammy award for Best Children’s Album in 2016, …

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U.S. Embassy Provides US$3 Million for Emergency Ops Centre in Carriacou

November 6, 2020   CARRIACOU – On Friday, November 6, U.S. Principal Officer to Grenada Karl Duckworth joined Minister of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Hon. Kindra Maturine-Stewart, Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Management Winston Garraway, and Permanent Secretaries Rholda Quamina and Rhonda Jones to commission a new emergency operations centre and warehouse …

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Saint Lucia, U.S. and Taiwan Deepen Investment and Entrepreneurship Partnerships

CASTRIES – In support of Saint Lucia Business Month, the U.S. and Taiwan embassies joined efforts to explore private investment and entrepreneurship opportunities with Saint Lucia. The first virtual program, called the Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD), discussed private sector partnership opportunities among the Saint Lucian Ministry of Commerce and U.S. and Taiwan companies representing critical …

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The 2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2020. The preservation of cultural heritage provides people with a link to traditions that might otherwise be lost.  Historic buildings, monuments, artifacts etc. are important indicators …

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ Independence Day

On behalf of the government and people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the 41st anniversary of your independence. The United States is committed to helping make the Caribbean safer and more prosperous while upholding democratic values and human rights.  The U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership …

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U.S. Embassy, BIDC and BYBT launch Training Program for Women Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados in partnership with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) launched the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, which is in its second year, is part of the …

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The U.S., OECS Chart the Future for Early Grade Reading through the Early Learners Program

September 11, 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – To promote high achievement in literacy, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered with the Organization of Eastern and Caribbean States (OECS) since 2015 through the Early Learners Program (ELP) to improve reading achievements of learners in Grades K through 3 in Antigua and …

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U.S. Donates Hurricane Shelter Equipment to Saint Lucia

September 10, 2020 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The United States Embassy recently donated $30,000 USD worth of hurricane shelter equipment to Saint Lucia’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to aid in preparation efforts for future hurricane seasons. “This U.S. funded project will support the local purchase of 230 foam covered mattresses that will be pre-positioned at …

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US Delivers Five Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Students and Families

On Saturday, July 25, the United States government and U.S. non-profit, Source Relief, delivered 10,665lbs of humanitarian aid to charities in St. Kitts and Nevis.  The delivery was made possible with the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Air Force, which provided an airlift to transport the private U.S. charity …

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #1)

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo (Update #1) July 23, 2020 This is an update to our previous message regarding Tropical Storm Gonzalo. Hurricane Warnings are now in effect for Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At 200 PM AST today, the center of Tropical …

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Gonzalo

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tropical Storm Gonzalo July 22, 2020 The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Gonzalo has formed and is headed towards the Eastern Caribbean. According to the  National Hurricane Center , Gonzalo is expected to move near or over the …

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Inter-American Foundation and USAID Launch Joint Initiative to Foster Caribbean Disaster Resilience

At a meeting of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group on Friday, July 10, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) announced a $5 million initiative to strengthen community-led disaster preparedness, for which U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $1 million. Frequent and intensifying natural disasters over the past decade have disrupted small island nations’ infrastructure …

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Apply for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Barbados Program

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown has partnered with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT), and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The AWE program will begin on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 and will run until Tuesday, March 18, 2021. Sessions will be held …

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U.S. Contributes $40k of Parts and Equipment to Regional Security System

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The United States Embassy recently furnished the Regional Security System with nearly $US40,000 worth of maritime equipment and upgrades, to assist in the maintenance and longevity of the RSS Maritime Training Center’s patrol boats. The patrol boats are used to train police and coast guard forces throughout the Caribbean. “Our US partners …

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State Department releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Now in it’s 20th year,  the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. The theme …

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U.S. Embassy Donates PPE to CDEMA and the Regional Security System

June 10, 2020 U.S. Embassy Donates PPE to CDEMA and the Regional Security System U.S. Coast Guard Commander Steve Charnon, Senior Defense Official at the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, formally handed over US$104,000 of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Regional Security System during a …

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BDF Coast Guard Commander Graduates from 10-month U.S. Military Training

Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson, Commander of the Barbados Coast Guard recently graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, after undergoing 10-months of intensive study as part of the U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. The Command and General Staff College stands as the lead U.S. Army leadership …

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World Oceans Day

We All Have a Duty to Protect Our Oceans U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott wrote, “The sea is history.”  Scientific theory holds that life on earth began shortly after the formation of the world’s oceans 4.4 billion years ago and may have started there.  Today our oceans remain a lifeline, covering …

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United States Congratulates St. Kitts and Nevis on Successful Elections

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JUNE 8, 2020 The United States congratulates the people of St. Kitts and Nevis on their free and fair elections and looks forward to deepening our partnership with Prime Minister Timothy Harris and his government. We will continue to work together to promote security, economic prosperity, and democratic rights for the citizens of …

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June 2020 – National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America From America’s earliest days, Caribbean Americans have contributed to the success, spirit, and character of our Nation.  For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation, and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society.  During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history …

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U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with St. Lucia Prime Minister Chastanet

On May 27, U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic response and preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.  The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his government’s support for the repatriation of U.S. citizens from St. Lucia during the pandemic.  They discussed healthcare protocols and economic …

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U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with Dominica Prime Minister Skerrit

May 28, 2020   On May 27, U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to discuss Dominica’s COVID-19 response and hurricane preparedness.  The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for his government’s support for the repatriation of U.S. citizens from Dominica during the pandemic.  They discussed the testing kits and medical equipment made available …

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Former U.S. Ambassador Advocates for Unified Caribbean Voice on Human Rights in Venezuela

May 29, 2020 The United States Embassy in Barbados hosted an online discussion on May 28 ahead of the one-year anniversary of the UN human rights report on Venezuela.  The program featured former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy, a retired diplomat, who currently serves as the director of Duke University’s Center for Latin American …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the …

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On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Today, the United States observes the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  The United States is proud of its record as a world leader in promoting clean water and air, conserving natural resources, and protecting nature while driving economic growth and fostering resilience to natural disasters at home and abroad.  The United States is …

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Ambassador Taglialatela’s Call with Barbadian Foreign Minister Jerome Walcott

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela spoke by phone with Barbadian Foreign Minister Jerome Walcott on April 16.  Ambassador Taglialatela and Minister Walcott discussed ongoing U.S. assistance to Barbados during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the planned delivery of U.S.-funded COVID-19 testing materials and supplies for health programs paid for …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Medical Supply Chains

No country can fight COVID-19 alone.  Governments around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic.  The United States is significantly increasing production of materials domestically while working through appropriate channels to purchase excess supplies from other nations to meet our needs.  We are working in solidarity with our …

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Suspension of Visa Interview Waiver Process Effective March 23

Due to Embassy Bridgetown’s ongoing response to the global pandemic COVID-19, effective March 23, Embassy Bridgetown will no longer process visa interview waiver (IW) or renewal interview waiver (RIW) applications.  Please do not send your passports and visa applications as they will be returned to you without processing.  If you have already sent in your …

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Visa Appointments Canceled Until Further Notice

Effective March 18, 2020, the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is cancelling all routine non-immigrant and immigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.   Please note that the MRV fee remains valid and may be used for a non-immigrant visa …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel …

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Black History Lime

U.S. Embassy marks Black History Month with lime and screening of a documentary “Apollo” On Friday, February 28, 2020, in honor of Black History Month, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados hosted a “Black History Lime” and movie screening of the documentary “Apollo” at the George Washington House. The event was a unique celebration of black …

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United States Government Hands Over Data Gathering Equipment to St Lucia

The United States Agency for International Development’s Eastern and Southern Caribbean Office (USAID/ESC) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) on Friday, February 21, 2020, handed over one Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and one Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) valued at over US$100,000 to the government of St Lucia under the USAID Climate Change Adaptation …

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Christ Church Foundation wins U.S. Embassy’s Third Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

Six secondary schools from across Barbados participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition. Students delivered outstanding speeches on a variety of topics related to issues surrounding race, African American film and sport from the Liberal Arts Auditorium at the Barbados Community College. Fourth-form student from the Christ Church Foundation School, …

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Civil Society Celebrates Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness with Support from the United States

Twenty-one NGOs across seven Caribbean countries joined USAID Regional Representative Clinton White and implementor RTI International to celebrate the success of the Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) project at the Barbados Courtyard Marriott hotel on February 12.  The NGOs were among the more than 160 organizations that now operate more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably …

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U.S. Embassy Visit to St. Lucia Highlights Success of OECS/USAID Early Learners Program

USAID Regional Representative Clinton White met with students and teachers at the Bishop Charles Gachet RC Primary School February 6 in Marchand to see firsthand the benefits of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Program (ELP), an $8.9 million initiative improve the reading skills of primary grade children.  Mr. White also discussed USAID funded programs with St. …

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U.S. Embassy Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will hold online auctions starting Friday, January 31 and ending Monday, February 17. A wide variety of household furniture, office furniture, appliances, office supplies, printer cartridges, monitors, CPUs etc. will be auctioned. www.32auctions.com/EmbassyAuctionFeb2020 All bids must be placed exclusively online. Once the auction closes, successful bidders may deposit the total amount into …

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U.S. Contributes $1 million to Grenada Coast Guard Ship Upgrade

Today, U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Linda Taglialatela observed the upgrade of two Grenadian Coast Guard drug interceptor vessels as part of a $1 million USD contribution from US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  This project, called the SAFE Boat Mid-Life Upgrade, includes a complete vessel overhaul, new engines, and a spare parts package to support the vessel.  …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown says “What’s Up” on WhatsApp!

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS can now be contacted via our  WhatsApp for Business  account ( https://wa.me/12462305097 ). The US Embassy Bridgetown launched this platform on Monday, February 3, 2020, as a critical addition to our social media channels of  Facebook  ,  InstagramYouTube  and  Flickr . We will be using US Embassy Bridgetown  WhatsApp for Business  to share information …

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Opening of U.S. Embassy’s 2020 Youth Ambassadors Program Applications

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the opening of the application process for the 2020 Youth Ambassadors program. The program brings together motivated secondary school students between 15 and 18 years of age and adult mentors committed to public service and improving community. The selected students will engage in workshops, community service activities, team …

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U.S. Embassy Contributes $1.7 million USD for New BDF Field Hospital

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic, and members of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF) participated in an official handover ceremony of a new field hospital at the Garrison Savannah in Bridgetown.  The United States, through U.S. Southern Command, invested $1.7 million USD to develop the Emergency Medical Team, …

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NOAA Research to Help Caribbean Prepare for Natural Disasters

The United States and Barbados celebrated the launch of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC), a scientific initiative to better understand the weather and climate patterns in the Caribbean. U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela, Deputy U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator RDML Tim Gallaudet, USN …

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United States Reaffirms Partnership with Dominica

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Cynthia Kierscht of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, visited Dominica January 15 and 16 to meet with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his new cabinet members to discuss opportunities for continued partnership.  DAS …

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Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean

Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean 01/22/2020 04:49 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Kingston, Jamaica SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I was standing back there; I heard a “amen.” What better way to be welcomed to the stage? Thank you, Madam Foreign Minister, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be here. My …

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U.S. Embassy seeks proposals for the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

The Embassy of the United States to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS (U.S. Embassy Bridgetown) announces an open call for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2020).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni …

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U.S. Embassy Pulls Out the Red Carpet for BIFF

January 15, 2020   Over 90 Barbadian and American filmmakers, actors, and film enthusiasts mixed and mingled at the lively reception for the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), hosted by the U.S. Embassy on Monday evening.  The embassy has been an ardent sponsor of BIFF since its creation four years ago, providing funding for filmmaker …

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Three participate in U.S. State Department Sponsored Program on Volunteerism and Civic Action

Recognized as emerging leaders in civil society and for their work in the field of volunteerism, Dominican Loftus Durand, St. Lucian Ekiema Yarde, and St. Kitts and Nevis national P’Della’P Stanley, are currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor Leader Program (IVLP), themed “Volunteerism and Civic Action.” …

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Upcoming Auction: Sealed bids Vehicle Auction

The U.S. Embassy will be holding a sealed-bid auction on Saturday, February 1 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 13:00p.m. at the US Embassy in Wildey, Business Park. The following vehicles will be offered: 2010 Honda Accord, PW, PL, PS, CD, Remote Entry, 42K kilometers 2012 Toyota Hilux 4 x 4, PW, PL, PS, CD, USB, …

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U.S. Caribbean 2020 Multi-Year Strategy

Caribbean 2020: A Multi-Year Strategy To Increase the Security, Prosperity, and Well-Being of the People of the United States and the Caribbean  [1] The Caribbean region is the United States’ “third border,” characterized by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The United States is the primary trading partner for the …

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USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION TO INCREASE DISASTER RESILIENCE IN THE CARIBBEAN

Today in Bridgetown, Barbados, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced $10 million to improve local resilience to disasters in priority countries in the Caribbean.  With this new funding, USAID will support community-level organizations, host-country governments, regional institutions, and the private sector to strengthen local, national, and regional planning and preparation …

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Ambassador Taglialatela and U.S. Marines Deliver “Toys to Tots”

In 1947 the United States Marine Corps started the time-honored “Toys for Tots” program, collecting and delivering toys to less fortunate children over the holiday season. In keeping with this tradition, Ambassador Linda Taglialatela joined members of the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the OECS, and the Eastern Caribbean U.S. Marine Detachment to deliver toys to …

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United States Congratulates Dominica on Successful Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Dominica on their election and stands ready to continue working with Prime Minister Skerrit.  The United States and Dominica enjoy a long-standing partnership, based on respect and trust, which benefits both nations. We will continue to work with the Skerrit Administration to promote regional security, economic prosperity, and …

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Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela: Democracy Demands Peaceful Citizen Participation

The reports of political violence in Dominica in recent weeks are incongruent with the history of stable parliamentary democracy in the Eastern Caribbean.  Free, fair, and transparent elections are hallmarks of any good democracy and an indication of good governance and leadership.  Equally so, the conduct of peaceful campaigns, rallies, and demonstrations beforehand and the …

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Ministry of Education Commends Effectiveness of Peace Corps Literacy Project

December 2, 2019 For Immediate Release Ministry of Education officials on Thursday commended a Peace Corps primary school literacy project that is coming to an end and expressed strong support for another one to be developed. “The Primary English Literacy Project has been quite effective through the years,” said Mrs. Aldia Gumbs-Dyers, a Senior Education …

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Barbados Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State November 29, 2019 On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Barbados on the 53rd anniversary of your independence tomorrow. The United States is proud of our strong history as neighbors and partners.  Our collaboration on key challenges such as border …

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Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean Meets with Stakeholders of the Primary English Literacy Project

St. George’s, Grenada – Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean (Peace Corps EC) continued its series of stakeholder meetings with a session in Grenada on Monday, November 19thth at the Marryshow House UWI Centre. The meetings bring together senior members of the Ministry of Education, along with District Officers, Principals, Teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers and members of …

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United States Working with St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Digitizing Crime and Violence Data

November 25, 2019 United States Working with St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Digitizing Crime and Violence Data On November 25, the United States Government, in support of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS).  The PRMIS will help the Police Force to improve data management …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia on Monday, December 09, Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, 2019 to …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in The British Virgin Islands December 4th, 5th & 6th, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit the British Virgin Islands to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not able to …

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Barbados, Apply for the One Beat Exchange Program

Are you a Hip-Hop artist, jazz ensemble, classical musician, sound designer, beat maker, multimedia artist, DJ, audio engineer, or any combination of these? Then we invite you to apply for the 2020 One Beat program, a month-long, all expenses paid musical exchange in the United States. This program is an opportunity for musicians from around the world to collaborate in the creation …

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Visit to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Cynthia Kierscht

Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Cynthia Kierscht, visited Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) between October 22-25, 2019. During her visit, DAS Kierscht highlighted the many ways in which the United States and the Caribbean work together in sustainable economic …

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Girl Guides Association of Barbados receives grant from U.S. Embassy

On Friday, November 1, 2019 the U.S. Embassy in Barbados presented a grant of US$24,921 to the Girl Guides Association of Barbados (GGAB), in support of a soon to be executed program entitled: “Girl Guides Strong: Towards 100% Renewables.”  The program will enable members of the GGAB, aged 7-25, to learn and improve their technical …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica November 04 – 05, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Dominica to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss visa cases …

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Register to Learn about Business Opportunities for US Companies

Business Opportunities in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Webinar Financing your Export deals in the Caribbean Overview The US maintains a robust trade surplus with the Eastern Caribbean region and continues to be the largest trading partner with about 35% of total imports. Strong cultural and historical ties and tourist visits reinforce common values. Objectives …

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Successful U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group in Barbados Concludes with $9.5 Million in Disaster Resilience Funding

Working together to build resilience in the Caribbean, representatives from the United States, eighteen Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency, the eastern Caribbean’s Regional Security System, universities, and other non-governmental partners gathered for the first working group of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership on October 23-24 in Barbados. The Partnership employed a whole-of-society approach, involving …

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United States Announces US$1.5 Million to Advance Resilience and Energy Initiatives in the Caribbean

Under U.S.-Caribbean 2020, the United States is committed to advancing security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education, and health in the Caribbean. As part of this ongoing effort the United States is providing $1.5 million to increase disaster preparedness and resilience under the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership. This partnership aims to strengthen U.S.-Caribbean cooperation and advance greater resilience …

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The 2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown seeks proposals for 2020 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2020. The small grants applications (PDF 137 KB) close on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at …

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Working Group Meeting DAS Kierscht Opening Remarks (Open Press)

U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership DAS Kierscht Remarks Good morning.  Thank you for traveling from across the Caribbean to participate today.  A special thanks to Minister Hinkson for hosting us in Barbados for this first ever working group to inaugurate our U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership. On behalf of the United States Government and the State Department …

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United States Embassy Donates New Equipment to American Corner in Dominica

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Public Affairs Officer, Larry Socha visited the American Corner at the Dominica Public Library in Roseau. The purpose of the visit was to hand over new multimedia and computer equipment, purchased by the U.S. Embassy for the American Corner at the Roseau Public Library. Receiving the donation on behalf of …

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Barbadian participates in U.S. Sponsored Security Program

Richmark Deane, the Acting Sub-Lieutenant at the Barbados Defense Force (Reserves), is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in an exchange focused on “Global Threat Cooperation” from September 28 to October 19. Mr. Deane is also the Digital Forensic Lab …

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Free Public Lecture on Gender Based Violence

The U.S. Embassy proudly hosts Jessica Mindlin in a FREE public presentation entitled, “Justice Is More Than Jail: An Integrated and Collaborative Response to Gender-based Violence.” The lecture takes place on Monday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Barbados Resort. Hear from the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the U.S. …

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Fulbright Scholarship Participants Head to the United States for Studies

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student and Fulbright LASPAU scholarship recipients for the academic year 2019-2020. In August, Barbadian Matthew St. Bernard, and Dominican, Nutrice Francis will travel to the United States, where they will have their …

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tropical Storm Dorian August 26, 2019

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Additional islands under a Tropical Storm Watch are Dominica, Martinique, Grenada and its dependencies, and Saba and St. Eustatius.  According to the  National Hurricane Center  , Dorian …

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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in Leadership Program

On August 8, 2019, eight Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean traveled to the United States to participate on the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Program. Sierra Letlow and Esquire Henry of Antigua and Barbuda; Joshua Desir of Barbados; Shawnalee Gordon of Dominica; Kenya Louison of Grenada; Sephra Serieux and Sherwin Alexander of St. Lucia; and Nikita …

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United States Government and the Caribbean Development Bank Join Forces to Support Saint Lucian Youth

The United States Government and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are working together to improve opportunities for vulnerable youth in Castries, Saint Lucia. The two entities today formalized their commitment to this collaboration, signing a Letter of Agreement that reaffirms their joint partnership with the Government of Saint Lucia on comprehensive violence prevention projects being …

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Barbuda Council Representative Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program

Kendra Beazer is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in a three-week project on “Transparency and Accountability in Government” from August 5 to August 23. Beazer was elected as an Elected Representative of the Barbuda Council in March 2017 and …

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USNS Comfort Hospital Ship to visit Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will offer free medical services in Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis from September 15-20, September 25-30 and October 5-10 respectively. The ship will conduct approximately 100 onboard surgeries, provide basic medical services at two medical walk-in sites as well as host health fairs/community …

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Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Partners of the Americas’ Education and Culture Exchange Program

Vincent Aldin Pryce from Antigua and Barbuda will travel to Florida on a cultural exchange to attend PATH’s summer Academy of Music and Art. The exchange is a part of Partners of the Américas’ Education and Culture program, which provides exchanges and small grants for communities across the Americas. The Education and Culture Program is …

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United States Government and the Government of Grenada Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

On July 24, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS) that will help the Grenada Police Force to improve data management and analysis. The PRMIS system, will be piloted in three police stations – St Paul’s, St George’s Central and St George’s South …

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U.S. Embassy’s Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office Conducts Firearms Training with Barbadian Security Forces

During the period May 22 – 29, 2019, the Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office of the U.S. Embassy, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean conducted two High Risk Environment Firearms Courses (HREFC) with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Barbados Defense Force (BDF) at Paragon Range, Christ Church, Barbados. The Diplomatic …

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Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela: “Working Together In Preparation for Hurricane Season”

As we begin hurricane season, all of us in the Eastern Caribbean must work together to prepare our families and fellow citizens for the potential destruction these storms can unleash.  The devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria are constant reminders that these storms are the biggest threats to the region.  One category four or five …

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NASA promotes STEM Education for Barbadian students

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host Shanna McClain, PhD on Friday, May 31, 2019 for an educational presentation on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Dr. McClain is the Program Lead for Risk Reduction and Resilience with NASA’s Disasters Program.  Her work involves developing resilience-based programs …

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Ashton Lagoon Restored After 24 Years of Severe Degradation

Environmental leaders worked in partnership to restore St. Vincent and Grenadines largest mangrove system. On May 31, international and national environmental leaders and representatives from the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the government of Grenada celebrated the long-awaited restoration of Ashton Lagoon at Sustainable Grenadines’ (SusGren) office located in Jerome Village on …

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Upcoming Auction: US Embassy Bridgetown

The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on June 13th at our Warehouse located at Webster’s Industrial Estates. Auction begins at 9:00am Auction ends at 2:00pm Partial list of Items that will be auctioned: Office cubicles Occasional chairs Pastry warmer Portable AC unit Bistro patio set Accessory tables Table lamps Office chairs Queen …

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Juvenile Justice Reform Project MOU Signing

Acknowledgements: Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell Hon. Delma Thomas, Minister of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules Mrs. Veronica Charles, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment Other Government representatives Representatives of the justice sector Media representatives Ladies and gentlemen Good morning. It’s …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Hosts Caribbean Startup Summit Compeition Reception

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the winners of the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition.  During the event, the twenty (20) entrepreneurs from the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were given the opportunity to interact …

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OPIC Acting President and CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to St. Lucia

David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, visited St. Lucia, where he met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and other senior government officials to discuss opportunities for U.S. investment in infrastructure, energy, water, and women’s empowerment as well as strengthen security …

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Apply for our NGO Management Workshop

NGO Management Workshop Overview The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites non-governmental organizations to participate in our NGO Management Workshop. The NGO Management Workshop will be held within the last week of August in Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines only. Country Date …

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Isaiah Thomas Secondary School wins U.S. Embassy’s STEM Video Competition

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that the winner of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Video Competition is the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in St. Joseph, Dominica. In 2017, the U.S. Embassy launched the STEM video competition as part of its ongoing efforts to highlight the importance of STEM education and increase …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Visit to St. Lucia

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited Castries, Saint Lucia on May 11, 2019.  The Administrator met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to discuss shared challenges and opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship with St. Lucia on topics such as economic prosperity, youth development, education, and resiliency.  Both leaders expressed their mutual …

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America can’t take its Caribbean neighbors for granted. Under Trump, it doesn’t | Opinion by John J. Sullivan

You can choose your friends, but not your neighbors. Fortunately the United States is blessed with many neighbors in the Caribbean whom we also consider our friends. Bound by not only geographic proximity, our economic and people-to-people ties are vast. The United States is the Caribbean’s primary trade partner, resulting in a $12.2 billion trade …

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Barbadian Attorney Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Janelle Clarke is currently in the United Sates participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Volunteerism and Civic Action” from April 22 to May 10. Ms. Clarke is an Associate Attorney with Barbados’ leading international business law firm, Chancery Chambers. In …

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Barbados Female Entrepreneurs, register for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has partnered with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs course will begin in early July 2019 and will run for thirteen (13) weeks. Sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 5:30pm …

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Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition Winners

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS wishes to announce the winners of the Earth Day “Protect Our Species” poster competition. Keanna Payne from Antigua and Barbuda won with her submission depicting the importance of trees on earth. Dominic Chapman-Hunte of Barbados placed second and Nathlyn Matthew from Dominica and Clydawna …

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The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on April 26th  at our Warehouse Located at Webster’s Industrial Estates.

The U.S. Embassy will hold a sealed bid auction on April 26th  at our Warehouse Located at Webster’s Industrial Estates.    Auction begins at 8:30am Auction ends at  2:30pm    Items that will be auctioned: 2010 Nissan Urvan panel van, MT, Diesel Commercial fridge Commercial Kitchen sink with counter top Commercial microwave Two burner hotplate …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Announces the Winners of its Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS wishes to announce the winners of its Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition. The competition had offered entrepreneurs in the Eastern Caribbean a chance to attend TEN Habitat’s Caribbean StartUp Summit in Barbados on May 24 and 25. The Embassy will fund the entrepreneurs’ participation …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1-2 April, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Monday, April 1 & Tuesday April 2, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  Unfortunately, we …

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Permanent Secretary Careen Provost participates in “Sustainable Development – Tourism and Economics” Program

Careen Prevost, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management, and Urban Renewal of Dominica, is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Sustainable …

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U.S. Ambassador hosts Women’s Leadership Discussion at Springer Memorial Secondary School

On Monday, March 11, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda S. Taglialatela, hosted a Women’s Leadership Discussion with students at the Springer Memorial Secondary School, Government Hill, St. Michael. The one-hour presentation entitled, “Unlock Your Power: Fostering the Next Generation of Female Leaders,” was held in honor of Women’s History …

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Caribbean StartUp Summit Competition

Competition Sponsors The “TEN Habitat – The Caribbean Summit” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Description of Contest Objectives The Caribbean Startup Summit is TEN Habitat’s flagship annual event. The summit will be held in Barbados on May …

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Upcoming US Caribbean Business Conference

Please join us for the U.S. Caribbean Business Conference 2019 in Miami, Florida. The Caribbean represents a large $23 billion export market for U.S. Firms. The U.S. Commercial Service, the Florida District Export Council (DEC), and Enterprise Florida are organizing the conference to help your company access opportunities across this important region. Overview U.S. Caribbean …

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USAID, Barbadian and Regional Officials Trained in Aggression Replacement Therapy

With the support of the United States Government, over 30 social service providers from across the region are currently participating in a training exercise in Barbados from February 11-15 on Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART). ART equips at-risk youth with coping skills to manage aggressive impulses that can precede violent behavior. This is a key component …

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Queen’s College wins U.S. Embassy’s Second Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

Twelve schools participated in the U.S. Embassy’s Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition. Students delivered outstanding speeches on a variety of topics related to issues surrounding race and African American culture and history. Queen’s College Fifth-form student, Khaleel Kothdiwala took the top prize with his speech discussing whether literary classics containing racist tones and/or …

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How Bad Does Venezuela Have to Get (Until We Say ‘Enough’)?

Op-ed by Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela The people of Venezuela are suffering from man-made political and economic crises that have transformed a once thriving and prosperous democracy into a place beset by poverty, corruption, and repression.  More than three million Venezuelans have fled and sought refuge in other countries.  Maduro and his cronies have bled …

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U.S. Embassy Signs MOU with Government of Antigua and Barbuda to Support Juvenile Justice Reform

The United States Agency for International Development, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding signaling their continued commitment to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of at-risk youth and those in conflict with the law across the region. The agreement falls under the …

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Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition February 2019 Barbados

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites applications for its second annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition taking place on Friday, February 22, 2019. Competition Background: Each February, Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by persons of African descent, and celebrates the defining moments in their …

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2019

Do you have a great public service project in mind, but need funding to get it off the ground? Are you ready to use the skills and knowledge you gained during your exchange experience? If you answered yes, then you and your team of alumni could apply for – and win! – up to $25,000 …

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Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition

Official Contest Rules  “Protect Our Species – Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition” Competition Sponsors [1] The “Protect Our Species – Earth Day 2019 Poster Competition” is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Description of Contest Objectives Earth Day is an …

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U.S. Embassy Closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in observance of a National Day of Mourning for former President George H. W. Bush

President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation appointing December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS will observe this day of homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and, therefore, the Embassy will be closed. All appointments …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Vincent from Tuesday, November 13 to Friday, November 16, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit St. Lucia from Tuesday, November 6, to Thursday, November 8, 2018.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services …

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The 2019 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Now Open

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown seeks proposals for 2019 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is pleased to issue a call for project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2019. Proposals must be submitted by November 30, 2018, for projects that …

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Alumni Outreach Sessions

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS invites past and present participants of Department of State Exchange programs to participate in our Alumni Outreach sessions. The Alumni Outreach Sessions will be held within the last quarter of 2018 in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. …

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Ambassador Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project

History & Visual Arts enthusiasts, have we got a challenge for you! U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites Fourth and Fifth Form secondary school students in Barbados and Dominica to submit entries for U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela’s Children’s Book Project. Competition Background: During her three year tour, Ambassador Taglialatela has visited primary and secondary schools throughout …

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A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity

Thursday, September 6, 2018 “A Longstanding Partnership in Pursuit of Shared Goals and Prosperity” By: Linda S. Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States I remember the first time I walked down along the Waterfront in Castries.  I was struck not just by the beauty of the …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Donates Supplies to the American Corner in Antigua

August 29, 2018 U.S. Embassy Bridgetown donates supplies to the American Corner in Antigua On August 23, Acting Public Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Gaïna Dávila, presented more than $8,000 in supplies and materials to the National Public Library. The donation included books, games, iPads, desktop computers and other educational materials, …

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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

August 8, 2018 U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2018 Youth Ambassadors Program in the Caribbean.  During their exchange, participants will focus on the program’s themes of civic education, leadership, and community service.  …

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Ongoing Political Meetings/Rallies in Barbados May Cause Traffic Congestion – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown

Location: Barbados (see below for exact areas) Event:  The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens of the below political party meetings scheduled for tonight, May 14, 2018 at the times indicated.  There may be additional vehicular and pedestrian congestion in and around these areas during this time.  The US Embassy does not anticipate any non-traffic …

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An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure: Hurricane Subject Matter Expert Exchange in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated a ground level disaster management subject matter expert exchange between Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) personnel and Barbados Defense Force (BDF) members from April 10-13.

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Montserrat

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Montserrat on Thursday, May 03, 2018 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. 

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Save the date for the National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® May 19-22, 2018!

The National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® Chicago, Illinois The 2018 National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show® is the annual cutting-edge marketplace for discovering the latest innovations in food and beverage, as well as for networking with over 66,000 foodservice professionals from around the world. This preeminent industry exposition is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, …

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Barbadian Civil Society Leader Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Lisa Gale, Managing Director/Lead Consultant of Lisa Gale Consulting, which is an international trade and management consulting firm, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Women and Entrepreneurship II” from April 9 to 27.

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19, 2018, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth …

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Announcement for U.S. Citizens: increase in passport execution fee

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29.  The officer will provide notarial services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth …

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The U.S. Regional Federal Benefits Officer (RFBO) and a U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that the Regional Federal Benefits Officer will visit Anguilla Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March, 2018, and a Consular Officer will visit Anguilla from Monday March 12 and Tuesday March 13, 2018.  

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is pleased to announce that a Consular Officer will visit Dominica from Tuesday, February 27th, toThursday, March 1st.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Unfortunately, we are not able …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown (January 25, 2018)

Recent tests at several U.S. Embassy residences revealed bacteria at elevated levels in the tap water. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy recommended to its staff to boil their drinking water or use bottled water. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.

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U.S. Embassy Continues to Support Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As it continues to support and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the Eastern Caribbean, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce, that through its Federal Assistance Program, it provided a grant of USD$5,000 to Barbadian entrepreneur Gregory Skeete for Phase 1 of his “Pilly Pelican Presents 50” educational project.

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Hurricane Maria TSG

We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.  If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities.  For U.S. citizens wishing to depart Dominica, please review the following options: Ferries: Commercial ferries are …

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Message of Solidarity

The United States has always been a friend of Dominica and we will not abandon you in your time of greatest need.  We stand in solidarity with you during this time of loss and tragedy. However, I want to take this moment to express how personally heartbroken I am as I watch the news and …

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A Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean

Press Statement by Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The United States stands ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts American Classical Quartet the Ibis Ensemble

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American classical quartet the Ibis Ensemble, in a two-country traveling tour of classical music. The program traveled to Grenada, and Barbados. These gifted musicians, all of whom live in Trinidad and Tobago, performed original works which …

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TUESDAY 9/12/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small …

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MONDAY 9/11/2017 UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small …

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Statement from Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Updated Hurricane Irma Response # 2

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Call with The Honorable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: USAID Administrator Mark Green called Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda this afternoon to convey the condolences and support of the United States to the people of that island nation following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Administrator Green and Prime Minister Browne …

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USAID Lending Assistance To Storm-Ravaged Barbuda

September 8, 2017 The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing assistance to the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Working in partnership with Antigua and Barbuda’s Red Cross, the United States Government  will …

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #4   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. …

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3   The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Jose September 7, 2017

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic Ocean.  The government of Antigua has issued a hurricane watch for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.   A tropical storm watch is in effect for the islands of Anguilla, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

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U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #2 September 4, 2017 This is an update to our previous emergency messages.  The hurricane watches for the islands of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Martin have been upgraded to hurricane warnings. …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Lucia September 11-13, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia from Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, September, 13 2017, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Barbados A Ganar Program in Barbados

U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela (second left) listens to the A Ganar participants during a visit to a bar and restaurant training session for A Ganar participants at the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s All Saints Training Center in Speightstown, St. Peter. The United States Ambassador to Barbados the Eastern Caribbean and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States …

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Youth Ambassador Gary Telesford

Following his three week exchange experience in the United States, Youth Ambassador, Gary Telesford of Woburn St. George’s met with U.S. Embassy St. George’s Principal Officer, Stephen Frahm. Gary was afforded this opportunity through the United States Exchange Program and had the opportunity to visit New York, Vermont, Oklahoma and Washington DC as part of …

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U.S. Embassy Youth Ambassadors to participate in U.S. Government-sponsored Leadership Program

Seven Youth Ambassadors from the Eastern Caribbean will travel to the United States in August for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program for the Caribbean exchange program. Reon King of Antigua and Barbuda; Adero Daniel, of Barbados; Nakiya Toussaint of Dominica; Gary Telesford of Grenada; Nathan Francis of St. Lucia; Jahnika Francis of St. Kitts and …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Security Personnel at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, facilitated the attendance of a number of security personnel from the Eastern Caribbean at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies for a two-week phase of the Caribbean Defense and Security Course. Participants from 14 Caribbean countries traveled to Washington, D.C. to engage with regional partners and …

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Two Barbadians Attend U.S. Government-sponsored Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitors Program

The U.S. Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, recently sent Commander Aquinas Clarke, and Sub-Lieutenant Elvis King, both of the Barbados Defense Force, on the Fuerzas Commando Distinguished Visitor Program, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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“U.S. Official finds common ground with CARICOM leaders” by the Grenada Advocate

Friday, July 21, 2017 Journalist Linda Straker writes: “THOMAS Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, says that during his recent visit to the Caribbean, he found leadership within CARICOM that understands the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. “There is a real willingness and interest to build on the positive …

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Vincentian Librarian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

Jeon Adams-Julien, librarian at the National Public Library in St. Vincent, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a two-week project on “American Libraries” from July 15 until July 28.

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Active Shooter Training takes place in Grenada

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and …

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United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a …

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Active Shooter Training held in Barbados

The U.S. Embassy recently conducted two training sessions on how to prepare for an active shooter attack. At a June 16 session held at the Embassy, participants included members of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the American Chamber of Commerce for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, representatives of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, and …

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Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6

  Exercise Tradewinds 2017 to begin in Barbados on June 6  Exercise Tradewinds 2017, a multi-national maritime security and disaster response exercise in the Caribbean, kicks off with an opening ceremony in Barbados, June 6, 2017, welcoming 18 partner nations and nearly 2,500 participants. This annual Caribbean-focused exercise includes executive level leadership and provides an …

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USAID conducts energy efficiency training in Antigua

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), conducted an Energy Efficiency Workshop in Antigua as part of its ongoing training program to support hotels across the region with reducing their energy load and costs to become more efficient.

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IRS Conducts Financial Investigative Techniques Course in Grenada

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Criminal Investigation hosted a financial investigative techniques workshop in Grenada from May 22-26 to assist police and financial intelligence units from across the Eastern Caribbean to better identify, assess and pursue financial investigations.

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Intellectual Property: The Key to an Innovation Economy

This year the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is celebrating its 17th World Intellectual Property Day with the theme: “Innovation – Improving Lives.” Every year, the U.S. government highlights, celebrates, and accelerates the patent review process for game-changing innovations through our Patents for Humanity award program. Past award recipients include InBios International, inventors of a …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla and St. Martin May 2-5, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit Anguilla from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 4 and St. Martin on Friday, May 5 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports …

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United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sign Open Skies Agreement

We welcome the signing of the new Open Skies Agreement between the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines which occurred on April 7, 2017. The agreement entered into force on April 7, 2017 by signature of both governments. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement.

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Entrepreneurship Program in the Eastern Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is promoting entrepreneurship across the region through a traveling film program taking place in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and Barbados. The Embassy is screening the award-winning documentary film “Generation Startup” for audiences made up of business students and young entrepreneurs. American entrepreneur Dextina Booker, …

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Research Assistant participates in IVLP

Kristy Shortte, administrative and research assistant at Sustainable Grenadines Inc., which is located on Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She will take part in a three-week project on “Our Oceans” from March 14 …

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Antiguan Law Enforcement Manager to Participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Leadership Program

The manager of the Counter Narcotics Operational Team in the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Marcia Edwards, is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

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Dominican Fire Officer to Participate in U.S. government-Sponsored Leadership Program

A Dominican fire officer is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Donalson Frederick, an officer with the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, will take part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness” from February 11 until March 4.

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Solicitation for concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown invites local civil society organizations (including academic institutions and coalitions/networks) from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and Grenadines to submit concept papers to strengthen and promote the human rights of LGBTI persons.

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Barbadian special education teacher to participate in U.S. government-sponsored leadership program

A Barbadian special education teacher is traveling to the United States to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Shantel Lynch, a graduate teacher employed by the Barbados Ministry of Education, and will take part in a three-week project on “Education and Activism for Young Women” from January 29 until …

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Check Out Our New Site!

Welcome message from Ambassador Taglialatela “Welcome to our new website!  I invite you to browse, learn more about what our Embassy does, and discover the ways the United States and the nations of the Eastern Caribbean are working together to promote peace and prosperity. The new website has a wealth of resources, including information about applying …

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