Ambassador Karen Lynn Williams
U.S. Relations With Suriname
The United States and Suriname enjoy a constructive partnership. The two countries work together to enhance the security and prosperity of the region through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), prevent communicable diseases, promote healthy lifestyles through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), strengthen military-to-military cooperation, and promote a more economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable Suriname through cultural and educational programs and exchanges.
U.S. Assistance to Suriname
The United States Government provides training to military and law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, government employees, and policymakers to build capacity and bolster democratic institutions in Suriname and the region. Specifically, U.S. assistance facilitates respect for civilian authority over the military, improved capacity to identify and prosecute money laundering, and more effective combatting of illegal narcotics trafficking, Trafficking in Persons, and other crimes.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Suriname’s emerging economy creates new possibilities for U.S. exports and investments. The United States remains one of Suriname’s principal trading partners. U.S. companies have long-standing investments in the extractive industries including Surgold, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Newmont Mining, which opened a gold mine and refinery in Suriname in 2016. U.S. companies also have agreements for offshore oil exploration with state oil company Staatsolie.