Honduras is an ally of the United States, and its population has historically registered some of the highest favorability ratings in the hemisphere toward the United States. U.S. policy in Honduras focuses on strengthening democratic governance, including the promotion of human rights and the rule of law; enhancing economic prosperity; and improving the long-term security situation in the country. U.S. government programs promote a healthy and open economy capable of sustainable growth, an improved business and investment climate, protection of U.S. citizen and corporate rights, and the well-being and security of the Honduran people.
U.S. Assistance to Honduras
U.S. foreign assistance in Central America is guided by the U.S. Strategy for Central America ("Strategy"). Announced in 2015, the Strategy is a bipartisan, multiyear effort promoting institutional reforms and addressing development challenges in all seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). The Strategy aims to secure U.S. borders and protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of illegal immigration and transnational crime, while increasing opportunities for U.S. and other businesses. The Strategy focuses on three overarching lines of action: 1) promoting prosperity, 2) enhancing security, and 3) improving governance.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is the chief trading partner for Honduras. Bilateral trade between the two nations totaled $11.4 billion in 2017. The value of U.S. goods exported to Honduras was $5 billion in 2017, with Honduras exporting $4.6 billion in goods to the United States.