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U.S. Relations With Suriname


Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
September 3, 2013

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More information about Suriname is available on the Suriname Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-SURINAME RELATIONS

The United States and Suriname enjoy a constructive partnership. The two countries work together to enhance the security and prosperity of the region through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), prevent communicable diseases, promote healthy lifestyles through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and strengthen military-to-military cooperation.

U.S. Assistance to Suriname

The United States Government provides training and targeted assistance to military officers, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, government employees, policymakers, and at-risk youth to build capacity and bolster democratic institutions in Suriname and the region. Specifically, U.S. assistance facilitates a DNA forensics laboratory, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), a police unit dedicated to combating Trafficking in Persons, training for prison guards, youth workforce development and juvenile justice support, which is focused on deterring youth involvement in crime and violence, disaster preparedness, and efforts to counter the emergence of drug resistant strains of malaria. The United States also sponsored Suriname’s participation in the Container Control Program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a regional project to raise port security and combat trafficking in illicit goods.

U.S.-based, non-governmental institutions play a special role in helping to preserve Suriname’s rainforest while the U.S. Government has funded the Widening Informed Stakeholder Engagement for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (WISE REDD+) program to raise awareness of efforts to preserve rainforests.

Bilateral Economic Relations:

Suriname's growing economy creates new possibilities for U.S. exports and investments. The United States remains one of Suriname's principal trading partners. U.S. companies have long-standing investments in the extractive industries, including bauxite and gold, and have recently signed and explored agreements with the government of Suriname to expand current operations. U.S. companies also have agreements for offshore oil exploration with state oil company Staatsolie.

Principal U.S. exports to Suriname include chemicals, vehicles, machine parts, meat, and wheat. Availability of U.S. consumer products increased significantly in the last few years through Suriname's privately-held trading and import-export companies. Opportunities for U.S. exporters, service companies, and engineering firms will likely continue to expand over the next decade with increased activity in the mining and oil sectors by American companies. Suriname is looking to U.S. and other foreign investors to assist in the commercial development of its vast natural resources and to help finance infrastructure improvements.

Suriname's Membership in International Organizations:

In recent years, Suriname has focused on bolstering regional ties through membership in CARICOM, UNASUR, and CELAC. Suriname is one of only two countries in the Western Hemisphere to be a member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Suriname and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.

Bilateral Representation

Jay N. Anania serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Suriname; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Suriname maintains an embassy in the United States at 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 460, Washington, D.C. 20008 (tel. 202-244-7488; fax. 202-244-5878). There also is a Suriname consulate general at 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 325, Miami, FL 33126 (tel. 305-265-4655, fax. 305-265-4599).

More information about Suriname is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Suriname Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Suriname Page
U.S. Embassy: Suriname
History of U.S. Relations With Suriname
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Travel and Business Information



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