More information about Saint Lucia is available on the Saint Lucia page and from other Department of State publications and sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-Saint Lucia Relations
The United States and Saint Lucia have maintained friendly bilateral relations since Saint Lucia’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1979. The United States supports the Saint Lucian government’s efforts to expand its economic base and improve the lives of its citizens. Saint Lucia maintains close cooperation with the United States on security matters. Saint Lucia and the United States share an interest in combating international crime and narcotics trafficking. In response to this threat, the United States and Saint Lucia have concluded various bilateral treaties, including a maritime law enforcement agreement, a mutual legal assistance treaty, and an extradition treaty. The United States supports the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs program in Saint Lucia, offering women mentoring and assistance in launching income generating small businesses. The U.S. embassy also brings young Saint Lucians to the United States to participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship and the Youth Ambassadors exchange programs.
U.S. Assistance to Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a participant in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a partnership between the United States and 13 Caribbean countries dedicated to building regional capacity to reduce illicit trafficking, improve public safety and security, and prevent youth crime and violence. The Peace Corps, whose Eastern Caribbean regional headquarters is in Saint Lucia, is working alongside local educators and the Ministry of Education to mitigate COVID-19-induced learning gaps, to update curricula, and to promote instructional design for differently abled students, amongst other lines of effort. The United States is also committed to working with Saint Lucia to address the region’s climate adaptation and clean energy priorities, through the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030). Saint Lucia also benefits from public health and development assistance from the U.S. government.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Saint Lucia’s economy depends primarily on revenue from tourism. More visitors to Saint Lucia hail from the United States than any other country. Saint Lucia is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing beneficiary countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods. The single most significant foreign investment in Saint Lucia is U.S.-based Buckeye Partners Limited’s large petroleum storage and trans-shipment terminal.
Saint Lucia’s Membership in International Organizations
Saint Lucia’s foreign relations emphasize mutual economic cooperation and trade and investment. The country conducts its foreign policy through its membership in regional organizations, including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Saint Lucia and the United States belong to several of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.
The U.S. Ambassador to St. Lucia is resident in Bridgetown, Barbados. Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
More information about Saint Lucia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Saint Lucia Page
History of U.S. Relations With Saint Lucia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics