More information about Suriname is available on the Suriname Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
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), to strengthen military-to-military cooperation, and to promote a more economically prosperous Suriname with a developed civil society infrastructure 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 addressing port security and combatting trafficking in illicit goods.
Non-governmental institutions play a special role in helping to support health initiatives and to advocate for equal rights for all citizens. 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 mosquitoes that carry disease and to eliminate their breeding sites. Supporting Suriname to implement the Minamata Convention and support mercury-free gold mining also remains a priority. Most years, the U.S. embassy organizes a five-week film festival with accompanying study guides for more than 8,000 junior high and high school students in January/February. This festival features movies focusing on civil rights, to promote equal rights for all citizens and to celebrate the achievements of those of African descent. The U.S. embassy also supports a number of initiatives to encourage and develop entrepreneurship, including within historically disadvantaged populations.
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 are expected to continue to expand over the next decade, with increased activity in the mining and oil sectors by U.S. companies. Suriname is looking to 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.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Suriname maintains an 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: