Telephonic Press Briefing with Jon Piechowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and David Hogan, Acting Director in the Office of Marine Conservation at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
The United States established diplomatic relations with The Bahamas in 1973 following its independence from the United Kingdom. As a neighbor, The Bahamas and its political stability are especially important to the United States. The United States and the Bahamian Government have worked together on reducing crime and addressing illegal migration issues.
U.S. Assistance to The Bahamas
U.S. foreign assistance to The Bahamas supports the key goals of improving maritime and border security, bolstering law enforcement and counternarcotics efforts, including demand reduction, strengthening the criminal justice system, and improving interdiction capabilities. Regional security programs complement bilateral aid, providing further assistance for law enforcement, citizen safety, and rule-of-law programs.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The Bahamian economy is driven by tourism and financial services. Most of the U.S.-affiliated businesses operating in The Bahamas are associated with tourism and banking; however, there are also several U.S.-owned industrial companies located in Grand Bahama.