U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Anguilla, Saint Barthélemy, and French Saint Martin June 8-9, 2022

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in  Anguilla, Saint Barthélemy, and French Saint Martin June 8-9, 2022 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 on Wednesday, June 8 to Thursday …

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Grammy Award-Winning Tim and the Space Cadets Has Dominica Dancing

Grammy award-winning musician Tim Kubart and his band, Tim and the Space Cadets, joined the Dominica Festival of Arts, DOMFESTA, with concerts across the island May 20-23.  The U.S. Embassy hosted the award-winning musical group as part of its arts envoy program in partnership with the Dominica Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Community Development.  From schools in …

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The Eastern Caribbean Welcomes First U.S Peace Corps Volunteers since the Pandemic

Castries – May 17, 2022 The four islands which comprise Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean (PCEC) are abuzz with preparations to receive the first Volunteers since global operations were suspended two years ago because of the pandemic. The occasion is a distinct honor for the Eastern Caribbean as its four islands are among the first countries …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphopbia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 17, 2022 The United States affirms today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons are the same human rights to which all persons are entitled. As enshrined in Article 1 …

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Remarks by Vice President Harris in a Virtual Meeting with Caribbean Leaders

April 29, 2022 Good afternoon, everyone.  Good afternoon.  Thank you all for joining us today for this very important meeting.  I am Kamala Harris, and I’m pleased to welcome you all to this conversation and this convening. As a neighbor in the Western Hemisphere, the United States shares a common bond with the nations of …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day with Book Donations

To celebrate World Book and Copyright Day 2022, the U.S. Embassy donated copies of the book The Journey of Bim along with STEM-themed children’s titles to seven primary schools across Barbados.   Participating in one of the donations at the Vauxhall Primary School were U.S. Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Robin Kelly (D-IL).  They were …

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Local Entrepreneurs Talk Business with U.S. Delegation

Implementers and graduates of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in Barbados, Saint Lucia, and Antigua and Barbuda shared their business success and challenges with U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters and members of the U.S. Congressional Delegation both in-person and virtually at the Barbados Hilton on Thursday, April 21.   AWE …

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Oversight, Appropriations, and Partnership Top Agenda for U.S. and Caribbean Lawmakers

Twenty legislators from Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the United States gathered at the Hilton Barbados for a governance workshop hosted by the U.S. House Democracy Partnership on Saturday, April 23.  They were joined by U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, Barbadian Ambassador Noel Lynch, and Antiguan Barbudan Ambassador Ronald Sanders.  Representatives from the National Democratic Institute and International …

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U.S. Social Security and other Federal Benefits Services Individual Consultations Press Release 16-18May2022

U.S. Social Security and other Federal Benefits Services Individual Consultations Bridgetown, Barbados – May 16 through May 18, 2022   The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Office will visit Barbados to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal …

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Local Filmmakers Welcome U.S. Envoys’ Collaboration

Ten Barbadian filmmakers completed a five-day documentary film workshop at the 1ofK Penthouse on the Limegrove Rooftop Saturday, April 23 with the screening of two documentary shorts.  With support from Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and TEN Habitat, U.S. filmmakers Cole Sax and Mack Woodruff led the American Film Showcase (AFS) workshop.  They collaborated with …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines May 5, 2022

U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines May 5-6, 2022 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday, May 5 …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Prioritizes Financial Access for Caribbean Communities

On April 20, Chairwoman of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Maxine Waters (D-CA), joined Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to co-host a Caribbean Financial Access Roundtable at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center in Barbados.  The full-day roundtable focused on concrete proposals to tackle the challenges that small island states face due to the …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Arrives in Barbados

A delegation of six members of the U.S. Congress arrived to Barbados April 18 and 19 to reinforce the strong U.S.-Barbadian bilateral relationship and explore opportunities to expand access to financial services and banking in the Caribbean. The congressional delegation, led by the Chairwoman of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Maxine Waters (D-CA), …

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Barbadian Drummer Begins U.S. Music Exchange

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is pleased to announce that on April 15 Barbadian musician Juanita Clarke traveled to the United States to participate in the U.S. Embassy’s OneBeat program. Juanita is the 2020 finalist from Barbados, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the program was postponed until this month.  Known as Juanz in music circles, she …

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USNS Burlington Builds Bonds in Barbados

The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Burlington arrived at the Port of Bridgetown, Barbados on April 11 for a two-day port call to conduct joint training exercises with the Barbados Defense Force.  Sailors from Burlington’s military detachment conducted subject matter expert exchanges with the Barbados Coast Guard, including small arms training and exchanging preventative …

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The United States equips youth with IT equipment to enable innovation and entrepreneurship in climate and disaster resilience

April 12, 2022 (Bridgetown, Barbados) – Eight young innovators from across the Eastern Caribbean received information technology (IT) equipment from the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to support their innovation and entrepreneurship in areas related to climate and disaster resilience. The suite of IT products was presented today …

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United States Plans to Provide Further $1.5 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance in Caribbean Countries

For Immediate Release March 25, 2022 The United States Government today, announced plans to provide $1.5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, and …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Saint Lucia April 5 – 6, 2022

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 Tuesday, April 5 to Wednesday, April 6, 2022 to provide limited, routine U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports …

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U.S. Embassy Gives First Glimpse into Upcoming Documentary Film Workshop

The U.S. Embassy hosted an evening of film and conversation at 1ofK Penthouse in Limegrove Tuesday, March 22, to share information on the upcoming American Film Showcase Documentary Workshop April 19-24.  Applications are now open to film students, amateur filmmakers, and professionals to work alongside U.S. filmmakers Cole Sax and Mack Woodruff to develop, shoot, …

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Joint Op-Ed: We All Stand With Ukraine

People across the globe have been shocked and moved by the harrowing scenes from Ukraine. Whole cities are being destroyed by Russian missiles, with hospitals, apartment buildings and railway stations reduced to rubble. Thousands have been killed, including many children. Three million people – equivalent to the entire population of Jamaica – have fled their …

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USAID and UNICEF Donate Hand Sanitizing Units to the Ministry of Education for All Schools in Barbados

In collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 1,525 hand sanitizing stations with temperature monitors and vaccination messages to the Ministry of Education at the Arthur Smith Primary School on March 10, 2022. The units are valued at more than …

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YLAI Fellows Encouraged to be ‘Agents of Change’

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellows from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean were challenged by the Honorable Minister C. Sandra Husbands to leverage the strengths of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and “be the catalyst for a new vision of hope and prosperity” for the region.  The Honorable Minister delivered these …

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U.S. Embassy Opens Women’s History Month with BIFF Screening of Qualified

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela kicked off Women’s History Month with a reception and screening of the film Qualified on Thursday, March 3.  As part of the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), guests were treated to the documentary that tells the story of Janet Guthrie, the first woman driver to compete in the Indianapolis …

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Washington Archibald High School student wins U.S. Embassy’s Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition

March 4, 2022 For Immediate Release Axyahn Smithen of the Washington Archibald High School in St. Kitts and Nevis won the top prize at the U.S. Embassy’s Annual Black History Month Secondary School Speech Competition.  The competition is held every February in recognition of Black History Month. This year, secondary school students from across Barbados …

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Twenty-five Barbadians Graduate from the U.S. Embassy’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

March 4, 2022   At the start of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS celebrates the graduation of the third cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).  Twenty-five female entrepreneurs from across Barbados completed the six-month course, which provided them the skills, resources, and networks needed …

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Happy Independence Saint Lucia

On behalf of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Saint Lucia as you celebrate your 43rd anniversary of independence. We are proud of the strong bilateral relationship between Saint Lucia and the United States.  Our partnership is rooted in a shared commitment to advancing security, prosperity, and democracy in the …

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United States Donates Additional 18,000 Pfizer Vaccines to St. Kitts and Nevis

Earlier this week, the United States donated its third tranche of Pfizer vaccines to St. Kitts and Nevis.  The additional 18,000 COVID-19 vaccines support of the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  This U.S. donation is in addition to the 18,000 Pfizer vaccines delivered to St. Kitts and Nevis within the last year, bringing the …

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United States Donates Additional 32,400 Pfizer Vaccines to Antigua and Barbuda

In three separate tranches this week, the United States donated an additional 32,400 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Antigua and Barbuda in support of the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This U.S. donation adds to the 40,950 Pfizer vaccines delivered to Antigua and Barbuda within the past year, bringing the total of U.S.-donated vaccines to …

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United States Donates Additional 129,600 Pfizer Vaccines to Barbados

On February 17, the United States donated an additional 129,600 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Barbados in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  This U.S. donation is in addition to the 140,400 Pfizer vaccines delivered to Barbados within the past year.  This week, the United States delivered more than 212,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to …

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2022 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is proud to announce the 2022 cohort for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship. This year we celebrate Christina Pooler, Johann Callender, and Kerri-Anne Brathwaite (Barbados); Bevon Charles and Tallia Rogers (Grenada); Renee Edwards-Ambrose, Durand Meade, and Chaneil Imhoff (Antigua and Barbuda); Veronique …

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February 7: Grenada Independence Day

February 7: Grenada Independence Day Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Grenada on the 48th anniversary of your independence. Grenada and the United States share close ties and a strong, steadfast partnership. We appreciate Grenada’s role in addressing the climate crisis …

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U.S. Embassy Joins Nidhe Israel Synagogue for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela and members of the U.S. Embassy community participated in a candle lighting ceremony at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum in Bridgetown to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, January 27. Chairman of the Barbados Synagogue Historic District Sir Paul Altman welcomed the delegation and led the group …

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United States Congratulates Barbados on Successful Elections

The United States congratulates the people of Barbados on their peaceful elections and looks forward to deepening our partnership with Prime Minister Mia Mottley and her administration.  We will continue to work together to promote security, economic prosperity, and democratic rights for the citizens of Barbados and people throughout the Caribbean.  We look forward to …

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United States Donates Field Hospital and Utility Vehicles to Saint Lucia

On Thursday, January 20, the United States donated a 40-bed field hospital and three utility vehicles to the government of Saint Lucia during a handover ceremony at the St. Lucia Fire Service Training Center in Vieux Fort.  The donation of the field hospital and utility vehicles, valued at more than US$650,000, will help respond to …

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Travel Advisory: Update for Saint Lucia to Level 4 Do Not Travel – U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados (January 18, 2022)

Location:  Saint Lucia   Event:  The Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 – Do Not Travel   for Saint Lucia due to COVID-19.   Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Saint Lucia due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 …

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Apply for OneBeat Virtual 2022

OneBeat is accepting applications for OneBeat Virtual 2022, which will digitally convene 35 musicians from 50 eligible countries and territories. This fully virtual residency program will take place July 11th – September 6th, 2022. During this 8-week period, OneBeat Fellows will investigate new forms of virtual collaboration, form ensembles to write, produce, and perform genre-defying …

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Second Barbadian Health Professional Participates in U.S. Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

Emergency physician specialist Dr. Chaynie Williams has been selected by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown to participate in the 2021 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program.  Dr. Williams, who serves as the Clinical Director in the Office of the Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, is also an associate lecturer with the …

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U.S. Donates over 70,000 COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The United States congratulates St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the successful delivery of 70,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to fight COVID-19. These Pfizer vaccine shipments are part of the United States Government’s donation of 1.2 billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the world through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) initiative to …

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U.S. Donates over 115,000 COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines to Saint Lucia

The United States congratulates Saint Lucia on the December 14 delivery of 115,830 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to fight COVID-19. These Pfizer vaccine shipments are part of the United States Government’s donation of 1.2 billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the world through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) initiative, to which the …

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U.S. Donates over 60,000 COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines to Dominica

The United States congratulates Dominica on the December 15 and December 16 arrival of 63,180 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to fight COVID-19. These Pfizer vaccine shipments are part of the United States Government’s donation of 1.2 billion safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the world through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) initiative, to …

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U.S. Ambassador and Marine Corps Deliver Christmas Gifts to the Nightingale Children’s Home

On Monday, December 20, the children at the Nightingale Children’s Home  received toys from U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela and U.S. Marines on staff at the U.S. Embassy.  The toys, games, and clothing were donated by Barbadian and American employees at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, through the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Toys For Tots …

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U.S. Embassy Holiday Bazaar Supports Women Entrepreneurs

On Saturday, December 18, the U.S. Embassy hosted its first Holiday Bazaar dubbed “Entrepren(hers) in the Square” to support alumnae of its Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). The bazaar held at Worthing Square, Christ Church, featured 16 former and current participants of the AWE program, who showcased everything from jewelry to educational services on Saturday …

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United States hosts Prevention and Detection of Fraud Training Program in Grenada

The Overseas Criminal Investigation program within the U.S. Department of State’s Regional Security Office hosted a Prevention and Detection of Fraud Training program in Grenada from December 7 to 10, 2021, at the True Blue Bay Resort. The program trained participants from the Royal Grenada Police Force, Customs and Excise Department, Immigration Department, and local …

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IRS-CI’s international presence tackles corruption across the globe

IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) has 11 attaché offices strategically positioned abroad to tackle financial and tax-related crimes and train foreign government partners on investigative techniques. As the world observes 2021 International Anti-Corruption Day Dec. 9, IRS-CI underscores its commitment to investigating bribery, money laundering and fraud schemes that take place across the globe.   “Criminal …

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American Airlines Begins Direct Flight from Miami to Dominica

On Wednesday, December 8, U.S. Ambassador to Dominica, the Eastern Caribbean and the O.E.C.S, Linda S. Taglialatela attended the arrival ceremony for American Airlines’ inaugural flight from Miami, Florida to Dominica. The new American Airlines flights will operate three times weekly and will be the only nonstop link from the United States to Dominica. Prime …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown acknowledges Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . This year on Human Rights Day, we want to recognize the brave work of human rights defenders. The United States government defines human rights defenders as individuals, …

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U.S. Ambassador welcomes two inaugural United Airlines flights to Barbados

On Sunday, December 5, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the O.E.C.S, Linda S. Taglialatela attended the arrival ceremony for United Airlines’ two inaugural flights out of the United States to Barbados. The flights, which originate from Newark Liberty International in New Jersey and Washington’s Dulles International Airport will operate every Sunday through …

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Updated Testing Requirements for Persons Traveling to the United States

On Monday, December 6, all individuals traveling to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before boarding their flight to the United States.  This new regulation, announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), applies to …

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Diplomatic Corps toast to Barbados’ Independence and Transition to a Parliamentary Republic

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (2nd December 2021) – Members of the diplomatic corps proudly displayed Barbados’ national colours on Wednesday, December 1st, as the High Commission of Canada, the Delegation of the European Union, the British High Commission and the Embassy of the United States of America hosted a cocktail reception to commemorate Barbados’ 55th anniversary of …

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Happy Independence Day Barbados

On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of Barbados as you celebrate the 55th anniversary of your nation’s independence. We value the strong partnership between the United States and Barbados and appreciate your continued leadership in promoting democracy, human rights, and security throughout the Caribbean. The …

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U.S. Embassy Donates to Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH) in Celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday

On November 24, the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean donated a Thanksgiving meal to the Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH). The donation coincided with the American holiday of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day provides an occasion for reunions of friends and families, and it affords Americans a shared opportunity to express gratitude …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown funds University of the West Indies Regional Trade Research

On November 23, the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean hosted a signing ceremony to mark the provision of grant funding to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, which are geared towards supporting regional trade and investment. UWI’s Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy, and Services …

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U.S. Embassy Launches ESports Club at American Corner Antigua

A virtual opening ceremony launched the Antigua and Barbuda Esports Club at the American Corner on November 18.  Permanent Secretary Rosa Greenaway of the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries joined U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Larry Socha, Esports Mentor Elijah James, students, and parents for the kick-off of the youth …

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United States Donates Two Field Hospitals to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The United States donated two 40-bed field hospitals to the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during a handover ceremony on November 18.  U.S. Ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Linda Taglialatela joined Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves for the handover at E.T. Joshua Tarmac, Arnos Vale.  A tour of one of the hospitals …

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Oxygen Generators and US$3 Million in Medical Supplies Arrive from the United States

On Saturday, November 13, the U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Barbados, U.S. Southern Command, World Hope International, and MAP International delivered a new oxygen generation system and US$3 million in medicine and PPE to the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown. The new oxygen generation system will enable Barbados …

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United States Donates Two Field Hospitals to Antigua and Barbuda

The United States donated two 40-bed field hospitals to Antigua and Barbuda during a handover ceremony on November 11. U.S. Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda Linda Taglialatela joined Prime Minister Gaston Browne for the handover at Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Headquarters at Camp Blizzard. “Today’s donation marks yet another step in our journey together …

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Full COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Entry into the United States Starting Monday

November 5, 2021 Starting on November 8, all non-U.S. citizen and non-immigrant adult air passengers will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane flying to the United States.  This applies to all non-U.S. citizens over age 18 with only limited exceptions.  This is in …

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U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

When Neighbors Work Together, the Community Benefits By Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela Prime Minister Mottley’s October 13 meeting with Vice President Harris represented a historic first:  The first female Prime Minister of Barbados joining the first female Vice President of the United States at the White House.  Their discussion on COVID-19, economic recovery in the …

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Dominica’s Independence Day

On behalf of the government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Dominica on the 43rd anniversary of your independence. Dominica’s cooperation with the United States on public health, security, and economic prosperity attests to our shared values and close ties.  Our donation of a medical field hospital in April …

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Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day

On behalf of the government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the people of Antigua and Barbuda on the 40th anniversary of your independence. The United States values the partnership of Antigua and Barbuda to create a healthier, safer, and more prosperous Caribbean.  Our work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Grenada and Saint Lucia Educators Benefit from U.S. Community College Exchange

Florida State University (FSU) and Santa Fe College welcomed 20 leaders in vocational and technical education from Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Suriname to the United States to participate in the Community College Administrator Program (CCAP).  The exchange, funded by the U.S. Government, began October 18 with a one-week Executive Dialogue in Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee.  …

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Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Releases Additional Detail for Implementing a Safer, More Stringent International Air Travel System

As we continue to work to protect people from COVID-19, today, the Biden Administration is releasing additional detail around implementation of the new international air travel policy requiring foreign national travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated. This updated policy puts in place an international travel system that is stringent, consistent across the …

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United States Donates a Further US$2.5 Million to CARICOM for COVID-19 Response

Building on the strong partnership with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced $2.5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for countries in the Eastern Caribbean region, The Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. This assistance will provide further support for the operational costs of COVID-19 vaccination …

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Preparations for Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries Underway

The U.S. Government is preparing to donate its second tranche of Pfizer vaccine doses to Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados early next month.  The White House notified CARICOM earlier this week that approximately 550,000 vaccine doses would be ready to ship in November to CARICOM countries.  Antigua and Barbuda is scheduled to receive its second …

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Vice President Kamala Harris’s Meeting with Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley

Vice President Kamala Harris met on October 13 with Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.  Vice President Harris underscored the importance of the U.S.-Barbados bilateral relationship and the United States’ commitment to the Caribbean more broadly.  The two leaders discussed the need to create economic opportunity in the region, including through efforts to accelerate COVID-19 …

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A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures — safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations.  On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and …

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United States completes additional refurbishment project on SKNDF maritime vessel

The United States Southern Command, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, has further contributed to the security of St. Kitts and Nevis through a three-week refurbishment project of a St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) Coast Guard maritime vessel in September of this year. This project follows the refurbishment of two other SKNDF nearshore intercept …

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U.S. Embassy in Barbados pauses routine nonimmigrant visa services

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has paused routine nonimmigrant visa services effective Tuesday, October 12 due to COVID-19 local conditions.  While the Embassy continues to provide emergency and mission-critical nonimmigrant visa services, these appointments are extremely limited. Routine visa services will resume as soon as possible but the Embassy is unable to provide a specific …

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Calling All Artists: U.S. Embassy and NCF Team Up for Hip Hop Workshop

The U.S. Embassy in association with the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) will present the Next Level Hip Hop Exchange, a two-week intensive arts residency, from November 1-12. Four American hip hop artists – Aysha Upchurch (dance), UnLearn the World (MC), Vincent “GYREFUNK” Czekus (beat maker), and J Muzacz (aerosol art) – will join videographer, Anthony …

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U.S. Internal Revenue Service conducts Offshore Tax Evasion Training in Grenada

On September 9, 2021, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) presented the Offshore Tax Evasion Case Study training course to the Grenada Inland Revenue Division and Financial Intelligence Unit. The course incorporated multiple areas of transnational financial crimes specific to offshore banking schemes, tax evasion, and Klein conspiracy, while specifically focusing on an offshore tax …

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Saint Lucia CONNECTED Activity Project Launch

The Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training launched a two-year initiative referred to as the Saint Lucia ConnectEd Activity. The project is funded through a US$1 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is a timely response to the need for building the resilience …

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New Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers to the United States

As announced by the White House on September 20, beginning in early November, all adult foreign nationals will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to boarding a U.S.-bound international flight. Fully vaccinated aircraft passengers departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States will …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown to host Facebook Live Vaccine Discussion with CDC Caribbean Regional Office Director

On Thursday, September 23, at 10a.m, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS will host a Facebook Live discussion with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Caribbean Regional Office Director Dr. Varough Deyde. The session will allow the public to ask their questions about vaccines in real-time. The …

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United States Donates 11,700 Pfizer Vaccines to Dominica

The United States donated 11,700 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses free of charge to the people of Dominica on Tuesday, September 21. U.S. Embassy to Dominica Deputy Chief of Mission David Schnier joined Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the Douglas Charles Airport to welcome the vaccines, a direct result of cooperation between the United States and …

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U.S. Security Agencies Conduct Tactical Safety and Survival Course with Royal Barbados Police Force

On Monday, September 20, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda S. Taglialatela opened the Tactical Safety and Survival Course held at the Regional Police Training Center (RPTC) in Christ Church. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined efforts to conduct the …

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Over Ninety Media Professionals in the Eastern Caribbean benefit from Media and the Law Training

More than 140 media professionals, academics, and communication students participated in a virtual workshop on “Media and the Law” hosted by the Media Institute of the Caribbean (MIC), with support from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) between July 20 and August 3, 2021. Over a …

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U.S. Embassy and Barbados Youth Business Trust Launch Academy for Women Entrepreneurs for Third Straight Year

On Tuesday, September 7, the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) launched its third year of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). The six-month program provides women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses.  Twenty-eight female entrepreneurs from Barbados will take part in …

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U.S. Immigrant Visa COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Update

All U.S. immigrant visa applicants are required to complete a medical examination as part of the normal application process. Effective October 1, a completed COVID-19 vaccine series is a new CDC requirement for U.S. immigrant visa medical examinations. The U.S. Department ​of State is currently working with the CDC ​to implement this requirement. This requirement …

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The Future of Citizen Security Examined at USAID/UNDP Conference

Can data be the answer to unveiling the pathway to reducing crime? Answers to this pertinent question flooded the virtual auditorium as regional agencies, national partners, security personnel and the general public joined in a two-day conference to discuss, examine and analyse data’s role in the future of citizen security in the region. The Citizen …

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Inaugural International Day for People of African Descent

  The United States joins others around the world in commemorating the first International Day for People of African Descent.  This day was created to promote the extraordinary contributions of Africans and members of the African diaspora around the world and is an opportunity to focus on eliminating all forms of discrimination against people of …

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USAID launches Regional Development Cooperation Strategy

The United States Agency for International Development/Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID/ESC) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2020-2025 Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS) in partnership with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The goal of the new strategy is to promote a safe, prosperous, resilient Caribbean region that supports its vulnerable populations, withstands external shocks, and promotes accountable institutions, economic …

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Visit by U.S. Embassy to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force Marine Unit to Plan Future Cooperation

This week, representatives from the Military Liaison Office (MLO) of the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative’s Technical Assistance Field Team (CBSI TAFT) conducted a joint maritime assessment and security assistance planning visit with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force’s (RSLPF) Marine Unit.  The visit was the …

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Saint Lucians Head to the United States on the Prestigious U.S. Fulbright Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that two Saint Lucians, Crussie Moise and Virgil Bideau are currently in the United States pursuing graduate and post graduate studies, funded by the U.S. Government. Crussie and Bideau are recipients of the Fulbright Foreign …

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Barbadian Heads to the United States on the Prestigious U.S. 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. Barbadian Kimberley Benjamin has travelled to Washington D.C to begin graduate studies in National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She …

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United States Welcomes the Arrival of Third COVAX Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines to Barbados

On Tuesday, August 24, United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela attended the ceremony for the arrival of the latest allocation of 33,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados through the COVAX Facility.  This delivery brings the total doses delivered to Barbados through COVAX to 100,800.  COVAX, a global …

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United States Donates 29,250 Pfizer Vaccines to Grenada

The U.S. Embassy in St. George’s is pleased to announce the delivery of 29,250 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Grenada this week.  These vaccines are donated to Grenada by the U.S. Government as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global vaccine sharing framework.   If fully used, this donation could bring Grenada’s fully vaccinated population from 15% to 59%.   This …

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United States Donates Pfizer Vaccines to Barbados, Eastern Caribbean

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is pleased to announce the delivery of nearly 200,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  These vaccines are donated to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean by the U.S. Government as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global vaccine sharing framework.   This donation is in …

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SOUTHCOM Commander Completes Visit with ‘Vital Security Partner’ Barbados

U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), wrapped up his four-day visit to Barbados meeting with acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and members of Barbados’ National Security Council, including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Dr. Jerome Walcott, Minister of Health and Wellness Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of …

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SOUTHCOM Commander to visit Barbados, Eastern Caribbean security partners and organizations

August 8, 2021  U.S. Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), will visit Barbados August 10-13 to meet with security leaders and discuss U.S.-Caribbean cooperation against regional threats and challenges. Faller will meet Lt. Col. Michael Jones, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.  They will …

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United States announces $8 million for the IAEA in the first half of 2021

This year, the United States has allocated just under $8 million in extra-budgetary funding to the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) to help countries around the world improve health, agricultural productivity, and infrastructure.  The PUI projects funded thus far in 2021 help countries achieve their respective economic and social development goals, and include:  GLOBAL  Cancer …

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Barbadian Health Professional Participates on U.S. Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

Ms. Lee Ann Salandy-Gill, an Accreditation Support Specialist/ Health Planner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, has been selected by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown to participate on the 2021 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program.  She recently departed for the United States to begin her program at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Ms. Salandy-Gill will …

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U.S. Embassy and Jan’s Empowerment Institute launch Training Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Antigua and Barbuda

On Tuesday July 27, the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown in partnership with the Jan’s Empowerment Institute (JEI) launched the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program in Antigua and Barbuda. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, AWE aims to work with women entrepreneurs to develop …

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Apply for the Women in Politics Leadership Institute

The Women In Politics Leadership Institute is back! This summer, the Regional Organisation for Women in Leadership will be hosting the second, annual WIPLI program, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown. The program will provide training to 25 hand selected, emerging female leaders from Barbados and the OECS. American and Caribbean experts and government officials …

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United States Celebrates Independence and Partnership with Grenada

U.S. Embassy St. George’s Principal Officer Karl Duckworth paid a visit to Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada, to convey the best wishes of the American people on the 245thanniversary of their independence from Great Britain. “The 4thof July is not only a celebration of our independence; it is a recognition …

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United States Completes Maritime Vessel Upgrades with SKNDF

On Wednesday, June 23, the United States completed its three-month long refurbishment of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) Coast Guard’s two nearshore intercept vessels, as part of a US$950,000 modernization initiative.  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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U.S. Embassy Launches Court Case Management System with Barbados Judiciary

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela joined Chief Justice of Barbados Sir Patterson Cheltenham and other distinguished guests from around the Caribbean on Wednesday, June 23, to sign an agreement to establish an electronic case management system in the Magistrates Courts in Barbados. U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela explained, “The introduction of an electronic court case management …

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USAID AND CARICOM Development Fund sign an MOU to strengthen cooperation

The United States Agency for International Development/Eastern and Southern Caribbean Mission (USAID/ESC) and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, June 21. The signing of the MOU occurred at the offices of the CDF in Barbados. The MOU provides a broad framework for cooperation between the two organizations and …

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United States Renews Security Assistance to Saint Lucia

U.S. Ambassador to Saint Lucia Linda Taglialatela announced Friday, June 18, the United States would be able to resume security cooperation and assistance to select units within the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) with immediate effect. The announcement comes eight years after the suspension of cooperation and after a review that included extensive consultations …

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CDEMA and United States Embassy host virtual workshop for journalists

On Wednesday, June 16, the United States Embassy in Barbados along with other U.S. Embassies in the English-speaking Caribbean, joined the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host a virtual session titled, “Producing Effective Video for Social Media.” The event is part …

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United States Government Donates Equipment to the Barbados Coast Guard

June 7, 2021 On Friday, June 4, U.S. Southern Command, donated vital maritime parts to the Barbados Coast Guard at a handover ceremony held at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN. The donation, which is valued at approximately US$195,000, is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign Military Financing Program and was …

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The Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

Statement by Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders on Vice President Kamala Harris’s Calls with Foreign Leaders on the Global Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines   JUNE 03, 2021•STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Vice President Kamala D. Harris spoke this morning to President Andres Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, President Alejandro …

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United States to Donate Another 6 Million COVID Vaccine Doses through COVAX by the end of June to Latin America and the Caribbean

Statement by President Joe Biden on Global Vaccine Distribution As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still …

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A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

JUNE 01, 2021 •  PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.  Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer …

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United States Strengthens Dominica’s Disaster Response through Medical Field Hospital and Training

The United States donated a field hospital valued at approximately US$640,000 to the Government of Dominica. This week, as a part of the donation, the U.S. manufacturer of the field hospital is training personnel from Dominica’s Ministry of Health, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, and the Dominica Cadet …

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U.S. Embassy Donates Additional Medical Equipment to Support Barbados’ Field Medical Team

On Wednesday, May 19, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela attended a brief ceremony with Lt Col Junior Browne, Director of Operations for the Barbados Defence Force’s Field Medical Team (FMT) to officially handover US$30,000 in medical equipment. This donation will assist with the deployment of the Field Medical Facility in the event of a …

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U.S. Embassy and Regional Security System Increase Cooperation

On Monday, May 17, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela and Executive Director of the RSS Captain Errington Shurland formally signed the agreement which will enhance the ability of Eastern Caribbean law enforcement and justice officials to investigate regional criminal actors. The Letter of Agreement on countering organized and …

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Center on Crime and Community Resilience hosts Conference for Eastern Caribbean

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Center on Crime and Community Resilience (CCR) at Northeastern University organized a virtual conference to promote evidence-based decision making for more effective strategies to prevent and reduce youth crime and violence in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC). The event forms …

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On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 16, 2021 This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, …

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United States Announces US$3.8 Million Relief Package for St. Vincent

U.S. Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Linda Taglialatela announced in Kingstown an additional US$3.8 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent.  This additional support through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide thousands of people in Saint Vincent …

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U.S. Embassy and Barbadian Journalists Celebrates World Press Freedom Day with Investigative Journalism Workshop

April 30, 2021 In advance of May 3, World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown partnered with Barbados journalists and the Caribbean Investigative Journalism Network (CIJN) to celebrate the importance of a free press as an indispensable component of any free society.  To mark the occasion, the Embassy hosted a three-day virtual investigative journalism workshop …

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Travel Advisory Update for Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has updated its Travel Advisories to align with the travel health notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC). The CDC currently has over 140 travel health notices, including for the United States and areas of the Caribbean, under …

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Cruise Ship Transports U.S. Passengers from St. Vincent

On Friday, 108 U.S. citizens were among the 159 passengers who departed Kingstown Port for Dutch Sint Maarten on Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Celebrity Reflection. Passengers arrived early to Kingstown Port on Friday morning for boarding and departed in the afternoon bound for Philipsburg, Sint Maarten for onward travel. The U.S. Embassy coordinated with Royal …

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Plan, Prepare, Perform – United States Supports St. Vincent Volcano Response

The U.S. government has mobilized a multi-tier, interagency approach to bring much needed relief to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced an increase of US$100,000 in disaster relief for people affected by violent eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano. Partnering with the St. Vincent …

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

The United States congratulates Barbados on the April 6 arrival of more than 33,000 vaccines through COVAX,  its first tranche from the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility.  U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela joined Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley; Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George; PAHO/WHO …

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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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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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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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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. 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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Combatting Human Trafficking: It Can and Must Be Done

Today, on the occasion of the United States’ National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the U.S. government recognizes the work of foreign governments and non-governmental organizations to combat the evils of human trafficking – the scourge of modern day slavery.  On this day, we call attention to the multi-faceted efforts that advance the global goal of …

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Presidential Message on Kwanzaa, 2020

The First Lady and I send our best wishes to all those observing Kwanzaa. For many, today marks the first day in a weeklong celebration of African culture and heritage.  As families, friends, and communities light the Kinara over the next 7 days, our Nation honors the indelible contributions of African Americans to the strength …

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Presidential Message on Christmas, 2020

The First Lady and I send our warmest wishes to all Americans as we celebrate Christmas.  While our gatherings might look different than in years past, this Christmas, like every Christmas, is an opportunity for us to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and show our heartfelt gratitude for the abundant blessings God …

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Travel Advisory Update for the French West Indies – Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Department of State has increased the Travel Advisory Level for the French West Indies, which includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy to a Level 4 – Do Not Travel, due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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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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Two Vincentians Head to the United States on the Prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to announce that two Vincentians, Kayanna Burke and Benarva Browne, have been selected for the 2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a Fulbright professional exchange program which brings accomplished young …

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Announcing the 2021 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program

We are proud to announce the 2021 cohort from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program . This program will begin in January 2021 and close in April 2021, bringing together 263 young leaders from 37 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada for a virtual fellowship. This year we …

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Local Entrepreneur Tirshatha Jeffrey Completes U.S.- Sponsored Business Program

On December 11, Barbadian entrepreneur Tirshatha Jeffrey met with U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela to discuss her completion of the prestigious U.S.-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Through this “WEAmericas” IVLP, female entrepreneurs from across the Caribbean, Latin America, and even as far away as South Africa examined how the United States supports women in business. …

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Barbados and the U.S. Commemorate 9 Years of Cooperation Against Viruses

On December 7, Barbados Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic joined U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela to mark the successful completion of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in Barbados. The ceremony celebrated the over nine years of cooperation between the two countries in combatting HIV, and which …

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Celebrating 9 Years of US-Barbados Cooperation to Combat AIDS

Every year on December 1 the world marks AIDS Day in remembrance of the millions of lives that have been lost to HIV/AIDS and pledge to continue working with the scientific community to find a cure to this terrible disease. The theme for World AIDS Day 2020 – Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact is especially …

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U.S. Ambassador’s Visit to UWI Signals Support for New Culture, Creative and Performing Arts Faculty

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has pledged $20,000 to support the new faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus through cinema, poetry, and performance in 2021.  U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela met with Principal Eudine Barriteau and discussed opportunities for collaboration with Dean David Akombo, Deputy Dean Andrew Millington, and Head …

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Barbados Football NGO and U.S. Embassy Promote Girls’ Health and Teamwork

On Wednesday, November 25, local NGO Raya34Sports launched its “More than Boots” football clinic for more than 65 girls in 7 primary schools across Barbados. The ceremony, which took place in front of the Mount of Praise Wesleyan Holiness Church in Tudor Bridge, St. Michael, featured U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela and Barbados Olympic Association Director …

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Last Day at the Library – U.S. Ambassador Wishes Library Director a Happy Retirement

U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela celebrated Acting Director of the National Library Service Grace Haynes as she completes 43 years of employment with the library and retires November 24.  Ms. Haynes began her career at age 19 and through four decades of service has managed multiple portfolios and projects for the library.  Ambassador Taglialatela celebrated Ms. …

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U.S. Embassy, Global Entrepreneurship Network Launch “Startup Huddles” Across the Eastern Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN – In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) launched Startup Huddles in seven Eastern Caribbean countries. These monthly “Huddles” will support local entrepreneurs in honing their pitch skills and developing solutions to business challenges. Local successful entrepreneurs will serve as StartUp …

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U.S. Embassy Resumes Processing of Tourist and Business Visas

On Monday, November 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown will resume processing routine B1/B2 (non-immigrant tourist and business) visas.  The first interview appointment date available will be December 1.  At this time, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is only able to interview citizens and permanent residents within its Eastern Caribbean consular district.  Individuals residing outside of the Eastern …

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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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U.S. Embassy and UWI Screen Broadway Musical Hamilton

BRIDGETOWN—On Thursday evening, the U.S. Embassy and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus screened the popular musical Hamilton for students and faculty in the creative arts. The musical traces the life of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton: his childhood in the Caribbean, his meteoric rise during the American Revolutionary War, his …

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U.S. Embassy and Barbados Security Forces Conduct Joint Anti-Fraud Training

From October 19 to 22, the U.S. Embassy to Barbados conducted a fraud prevention and detection training with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Customs Department, Immigration Department, and the Barbados Defense Force at the Regional Police Training Centre Christ Church. The course, which was facilitated by the U.S.  Diplomatic Security Services Overseas Criminal …

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U.S. Embassy and Barbados Celebrate Completion of Flood Management Project in Holetown/Trents

The U.S. Embassy and the Barbados Ministry of Environment and National Beautification celebrated the completion of the 7-year Water Resource Management and Flood Resilience Project. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed US$5.3 million to the project, while the Government of Barbados invested US$1.7 million to the initiative. The project is a part …

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U.S. Embassy Online Auction

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown will be auctioning one truck bed, computer equipment, toners, household furniture & appliances, etc… “PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR EACH ITEM BEFORE YOU BID”. Note that all bids (local currency BBD) must be placed exclusively online. https://www.32auctions.com/NOV-03-2020 VIEWING:All items can be viewed on Friday October 30 between the hours of 9:00 …

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U.S. Embassy Provides US$6 million for Emergency Ops Centres in Grenada, Carriacou

On Monday, October 19, U.S. Ambassador to Grenada Linda Taglialatela joined Minister of Finance Gregory Bowen, Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Management Winston Garraway, and Permanent Secretary Rhonda Jones to commission a new emergency operations centre and warehouse in Morne Jaloux. This centre will serve as the headquarters for the National Disaster Management …

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U.S. Support Continues Extraordinary Work of the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela toured the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Friday, October 2, to gain firsthand insight into its lifesaving work.  The laboratory, completed in 2018 through a US$6 million investment by the U.S. Government, conducts all of Barbados’ COVID-19 testing. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George and Laboratory Director Songee …

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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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U.S. Embassy, CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Reach Thousands with Virtual Professional Development Workshop

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Last week, more than 5,000 persons across the Caribbean and as far away as the UK tuned into the virtual Professional Development Series, hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA). The three-part series, which was streamed on the Embassy’s Facebook Live platform, provided aspiring professionals across the region …

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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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Barbadian heads to United States under Fulbright LASPAU Program

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is pleased to announce that Xavier Caddle is the Fulbright LASPAU recipient for this academic year. Xavier has been accepted to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida beginning in the Fall of 2020. The Fulbright LASPAU program is affiliated with …

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US provides Masks, PPE to Assist in COVID Control in Dominica

August 19, 2020 US provides Masks, PPE to Assist in COVID Control in Dominica The United States Embassy recently donated $US30,000 worth of personal protective equipment COVID-19 related supplies to Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management to assist Dominica’s efforts to combat and control the COVID-19 pandemic. “These supplies will support national efforts to contain the …

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Christ Church Foundation School Student-Athletes Get Send-Off from U.S. Ambassador

Five Christ Church Foundation School (CCFS) student-athletes and two coaches met with U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela at the U.S. Embassy before the students depart to study in the United States. Selena Johnson (Northern Michigan University – track and field), Nathan Crawford-Wallis (Prairie View A&M University – track and field), Chanté Moore (Dakota College at Bottineau …

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Emancipation Day celebrates our shared humanity

This is my first Emancipation Day in Grenada. It is well worth celebrating that in 1833, across the British Caribbean, nearly a million people were freed from slavery. Although we don’t have a national holiday in the United States to mark the emancipation from slavery, many states and cities have their own holiday. The District …

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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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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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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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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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World Press Freedom Day – May 3

World Press Freedom Day Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the …

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U.S. Increases Global COVID-19 Contribution; CDC Responds in the Caribbean

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced on April 21 more than US$270 million in additional foreign assistance to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This new funding will provide approximately US$170 million in humanitarian aid to allow communities in some of the most at-risk countries to prepare for and respond to the pandemic. At the …

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COSCAP, U.S. Embassy Partner to Protect Caribbean Creativity

On April 23, the Barbados Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP) and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados hosted a free online program entitled “Intellectual Property Rights – Protecting Caribbean Creativity.”  Convened ahead of World Intellectual Property Day, April 26, the hour-long lecture and discussion featured Erica Smith, CEO of COSCAP Barbados, and Kevin …

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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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United States Nearly Doubles COVID-19 International Assistance with Announcement of Additional US$225 Million

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced Wednesday, April 8, US$225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to boost COVID-19 response efforts worldwide. This assistance follows an initial investment of nearly US$274 million in emergency health and humanitarian from the State Department and USAID announced March 26. COVID-19 aid from the United States is …

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US$6 Million from United States Helps Fund 2,000 COVID-19 Tests for Barbados

The United States has quickly mobilized US$6 million to provide test kits to Barbados and more than 60 other countries to fight the spread of COVID-19.  Each test kit contains supplies for 2,000 testing samples, including non-consumable equipment that can be used to conduct additional testing.  This emergency assistance is part of an International Atomic …

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American Citizen Services Appointments Update

Due to changes in the Barbados general COVID-19 posture, Embassy Bridgetown has cancelled all routine American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments from January 6 to January 15.  You may reschedule your appointment.  For urgent assistance, please send an email to  BridgetownACS@state.gov .  We encourage all U.S. citizens to enroll in  STEP.state.gov  to receive important safety and security …

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St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Service Officer participates in U.S. Sponsored Leadership Program

March 2, 2020 For Immediate Release St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Service Officer participates in U.S. Sponsored Leadership Program Sheldon Henry, a Foreign Service Officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  The …

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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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U.S. Embassy Hosts First Regional Alumni Program to Further Regional Security Coordination

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados collaborated with the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, New Mexico to gather regional Eastern Caribbean law enforcement officials for the first alumni program. The workshop brought together 30 law enforcement and criminal justice executives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and …

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

Peace Corps Eastern Caribbean (Peace Corps EC) began its series of stakeholder meetings in Saint Lucia on Thursday, November 7th at the Finance Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine. The meeting brought together senior members of the Ministry of Education, along with District Officers, Principals, Teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers and members of the advisory committee, to …

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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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U.S. Embassy Combats Gender-Based Violence

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS was pleased to host National Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the U.S. Victim Rights Law Center, Jessica Mindlin, in Barbados as she delivered a free public lecture on “Justice Is More Than Jail: An Integrated and Collaborative Response to Gender-based Violence.” on …

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

The United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, today launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS). The PRMIS is designed to help the Police Force to improve data management and analysis and will be piloted in two police stations – the Dockyard, and St. Johns Police Stations.  It will …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis October 14 – 17, 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 St. Kitts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, October 14, 15 and 17, and Nevis on Wednesday, October 16 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 29-30 October, 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 Tuesday October 29 & Wednesday October 30, 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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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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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates First Class of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the participants of the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. During the event, the thirty (30) female entrepreneurs discussed their experience and future business plans with government and business leaders, non-governmental organization representatives, and alumni of the embassy’s international exchange programs.  The …

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United States Government and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis  Join Forces to Digitize Crime and Violence Data

On September 18, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS). The PRMIS will help the Police Force to improve data management and analysis and will be piloted at the Stapleton and Frigate Bay Police Stations in St. Kitts, and at …

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Comfort Begins Medical Services in Grenada Following Opening Ceremony

St. George’s, GRENADA – Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) alongside partner and host nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the beginning of the ship’s seventh medical mission stop in Grenada, September 15. The purpose of this mission is for U.S. service members and medical professionals to work alongside …

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Antiguan Journalist participates in U.S. Sponsored Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

Theresa Gordon-Goodwin, a senior journalist and radio news producer at NewsCo Limited (OBSERVER) in Antigua and Barbuda, 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 “Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists” from August 26 to September …

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Grenada National Disaster Management Agency staff participates in U.S. Sponsored “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” Program

 Oslyn Crosby, Public Relations and Education Officer with the National Disaster Management Agency in Grenada (NaDMA), 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 “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” from August 26 to September 13. The …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosts NGO Grant Proposal Writing Workshops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

On Monday August 26, the U.S. Embassy hosted a Grant Proposal Writing Workshop for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Luisa Boyarski, the Associate Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL) and Assistant Research Professor at the McCourt …

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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 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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Infrastructural Work Launched to address Flood Management and Drainage Control in the Holetown/Trents Area

On July 15, the Barbados Ministry of Environment and National Beautification in cooperation with the United States Government broke ground on infrastructure repair work to address flood management and drainage control in the Holetown / Trents area. The ground breaking, represents the start of phase two of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s …

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

On June 27, the United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, launched a Police Records Management Information System (PRMIS) that will help the Royal Barbados Police Force to improve citizen security data management, analysis, and monitoring. The PRMIS system, which will initially be piloted at two police stations and at the Central …

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United States Government and Ministry of Health and Wellness Launch Package of HIV Health Services to mark Regional Testing Day

The United States Government, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, observed Regional HIV Testing Day on June 27, with the launch of an essential package of HIV prevention and treatment services and a corresponding service directory. Five hundred copies will be distributed to health and social service providers and members of the public to …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Participates in Pinelands Creative Workshop: CALM Program 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Barbados conducted a series of seminars during the Pinelands Creative Workshop’s annual 10-day Career and Life Management (CALM) Program. The seminars, which focused on Professional Social Media Etiquette, Interview Skills, and U.S. Higher Education Opportunities available through EducationUSA, took place on June 21, June 24 and June 25. Embassy staff, including …

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Antiguan Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program

June 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Stacey Bascus 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 “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good” from June 10 to June 28. Bascus has 15 years’ …

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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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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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USAID Zika Maternal and Child Survival Program Lauded

May 21, 2019  USAID ZIKA MATERNAL AND CHILD SURVIVAL PROGRAM LAUDED Thanks to a meaningful partnership between the government of St. Lucia and the United States Government, St. Lucia has seen a reduction in Zika cases.  Addressing a close-out ceremony for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported, Zika Maternal and Child Survival …

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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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CARICOM IMPACS AND THE UNITED STATES CO-HOST TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON STRENGHTEING REGIONAL MARITIME OPERATIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION

April 30, 2019 For Immediate Release    On April 30 and May 1, 2019, the United States and the Caribbean Community Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) will co-host a Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting in Barbados to discuss efforts to increase public safety and security in the Caribbean. The Caribbean-United States Security …

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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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Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime

April 15, 2019 Vincentian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Program to Combat Transnational Crime Carla James 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 multi-regional project “Towards a More Safe and Secure World – Cooperative Efforts in Combating Transnational Crime” …

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U.S. Embassy partners with Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to launch Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program

April 15, 2019 U.S. Embassy partners with Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to launch Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program The U.S. Embassy in Barbados will partner with the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The partnership was officially launched on April 12, …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis May 6-9, 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 Nevis on Tuesday, May 7 and St. Kitts on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 6, 8 and 9, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications …

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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, April 9, to Friday, April 12, 2019.  The officer will provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth …

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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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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung Visits Barbados

March 6, 2019 For Immediate Release  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung Visits Barbados Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Julie Chung of the U.S. Department of State visited Barbados from March 5 to 6. PDAS Chung’s visit sought to promote the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 Strategy – a multi-year strategy to increase …

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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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Apply for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering that convenes entrepreneurs, investors, and their supporters globally. An estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. At previous GES summits, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. On November …

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U.S. Consular Officer to Hold Appointments for U.S. Citizens in Dominica February 11-13, 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 from Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 13, 2019, to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.  …

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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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United States and St.Vincent Support Juvenile Justice Reform

The United States Government, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding today signaling their continued commitment to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of youth in trouble with the law.  The agreement falls under the United States Agency for International Development‘s …

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United States Government Continues to Support the Caribbean in Managing Impacts of Natural Disasters

In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural hazards, the United States Government delivered a US$2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency for …

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United States Government Increases Region’s Ability to Generate Improved Climate Data and Information

On Monday, December 3, the United States Government handed over approximately US$500,000 in equipment, including a state-of-the-art server; computer work stations; relevant software, and other equipment, to the Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs). The information systems store and process climate related data will be used by decision makers; government policy makers; members of …

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Barbadian Participates in U.S. Government-Sponsored Women in Entrepreneurship Program

Jameela Hollingsworth is currently in the United Sates participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Women in Entrepreneurship” from December 2 to December 22. Jameela is the owner of HR Boss, a Caribbean millennial career consultancy firm, based in Barbados. Hollingsworth founded …

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U.S. Government Makes Donation of U.S. $ 1 Million Computer Equipment to CARICOM IMPACS

On November 28, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, through its Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), participated in an official handover ceremony to commemorate the Government of the United States of America’s U.S. $1 million computer equipment donation to the CARICOM IMPACS/Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC). The support received from INL included technical assistance …

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U.S. Embassy Bridgetown hosts Inspiring Women Collage Competition

The United States Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS recently concluded its Dream Big: Inspiring Women Collage Competition. Using Mattel’s® “Inspiring Women” Barbie Doll series as the inspiration, the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown invited Girl Guides and Brownies from Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines …

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Better Able to Manage Impacts of Changing Weather Patterns

As part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in the region, the United States Government has procured US$105,000 worth of climate and marine monitoring equipment for the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The initiative is part of a US$10 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) …

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U.S. Government Supports Opening of Regional Zika Project Headquarters in Barbados

As part of ongoing efforts in the Caribbean region to combat the spread of the Zika virus, the United States Government is supporting the opening of a Barbados-based Regional Headquarters for the Zika AIRS Project (ZAP). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported initiative focuses on vector control to strengthen the region’s capacity to …

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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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Apply for the 2019 GIST Initiative Technology Idea Competition

Young Science and Technology Innovators and Entrepreneurs invited to apply for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition The application process is currently open for the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition.  The GIST Tech-I …

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