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U.S. Relationship

Tabuaeran, Fanning Island traditional house. Republic of Kiribati
Tabuaeran, Fanning Island traditional house. Republic of Kiribati

U.S.-Kiribati Relations

The United States and Kiribati signed a treaty of friendship in 1979, following Kiribati’s independence from the United Kingdom. Full diplomatic relations were established in 1980. The United States and Kiribati have enjoyed a close relationship based on mutual respect and shared interests. The two countries work together on a broad range of issues, including strengthening regional security,
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Tabuaeran, Fanning Island traditional house. Republic of Kiribati

U.S. Assistance to Kiribati

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds regional projects assisting communities in accessing financing, building institutional capacity, and adapting to climate change. The Climate Ready project (2016-2022) supports climate finance and management capacity by working with government partners and stakeholders to draft and implement policies to achieve adaption goals; access larger amounts of financing from international adaption funds;
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Tabuaeran, Fanning Island traditional house. Republic of Kiribati

Bilateral Economic Relations

U.S. trade with Kiribati is limited. Kiribati is a party to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, which provides access for U.S. fishing vessels to fish in waters under the jurisdiction of Pacific Island parties in exchange for a license fee paid by U.S. industry. Under a separate Economic Assistance Agreement associated with the Treaty, the United States government
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

The U.S. delivers COVID vaccines to Kiribati.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since June, 2022 the United States has donated 53,820 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Kiribati. This includes 53,820 Pfizer doses. Of the 53,820 vaccine doses, 100% were donated in partnership with COVAX.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

Learn more about our work Delivering Vaccines and on COVID-19 Recovery.

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