The United States established diplomatic relations with Dominica in 1978 following its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and Dominica have a cooperative relationship. The United States supports the Dominican Government’s efforts to expand its economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens.
U.S. Assistance to Dominica
U.S. assistance to Dominica is primarily channeled through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, and through the U.S. Agency for International Development office in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Peace Corps provides technical assistance to Dominica and has volunteers on the island working mostly in education. The United States provides training, equipment, and material to Dominican law enforcement forces, including through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Dominica is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. The CBI aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies. Dominica is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).