Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela
U.S. Relations With Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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, 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.