U.S. Relations With Suriname

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
October 3, 2018


More information about Suriname is available on the Suriname Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-SURINAME RELATIONS

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. The United States also sponsored Suriname’s participation in the Container Control Program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a regional project that addresses port security and combats trafficking in illicit goods.

Non-government institutions play a special role in helping to support health initiatives and advocate for equal rights for all citizens. The U.S. government has contributed more than $3 million since 2016 toward the goal of HIV/AIDS eradication in Suriname, including a number of small grants to local organizations. The NASA-led Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) has assisted in the fight against Zika by enabling citizens and students to identify mosquitos that carry disease and eliminate their breeding sites. Supporting Suriname to implement the Minamata Convention and support mercury-free gold mining also remains a priority. The embassy organized a five-week film festival with accompanying study guides for over 8,000 junior- and high-school students in January/February 2017. The festival featured movies focusing on civil rights to promote equal rights for all citizens and celebrate the achievements of those of African descent.

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.

Principal U.S. exports to Suriname include chemicals, excavating machinery and other machine parts, and food, including meat and poultry. There is wide availability of U.S. consumer products through Suriname's privately-held trading and import-export companies. Opportunities for U.S. exporters, service companies, and engineering firms will likely continue to expand over the next decade with increased activity in the mining and oil sectors by American companies. Suriname is looking to the U.S. and other foreign investors to assist in the commercial development of its vast natural resources and to help finance infrastructure improvements.

Suriname's Membership in International Organizations

Suriname is a member of a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the International Monetary Fund, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.

Bilateral Representation

Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Suriname maintains an embassy in the United States at 4201 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-244-7488; fax. 202-244-5878) and a consulate general at 6303 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 325, Miami, FL 33126 (tel. 305-265-4655, fax. 305-265-4599).

More information about Suriname is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Suriname Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Suriname Page
U.S. Embassy
History of U.S. Relations With Suriname
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Travel Information