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U.S. Relations With Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
February 19, 2014

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

U.S.-SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES RELATIONS

The United States established historically friendly diplomatic relations with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 1981 following its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States supports the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' efforts to expand its economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens. Both governments are concerned with combating both local production and the transshipment of narcotics. The two countries have signed a maritime law enforcement agreement, an extradition treaty, and a mutual legal assistance treaty.

U.S. Assistance to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

U.S. assistance to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is channeled primarily through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank. The U.S. Peace Corps has volunteers in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who work in education. The U.S. military provides assistance through training, exercises, and construction and humanitarian civic action projects. The United States provides training, equipment, and material to Vincentian security forces, including through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has an open economy with a dependence on imports, 19% of which come from the United States. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' Membership in International Organizations

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is Larry L. Palmer. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines maintains an embassy in the United States at 3216 New Mexico Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016 (tel. 202-364-6730).

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

Department of State Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Page
U.S. Embassy: Barbados and Eastern Caribbean
History of U.S. Relations With Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Travel and Business Information
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative



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