Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship Applications Opening 14 August

The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program opens August 14.  Please see the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative website for details and application information. The deadline to apply is September 18. Since its launch in 2015, the U.S. State Department’s YLAI Professional Fellowship has …

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Alumni of US exchange programs gather to discuss job creation in economic uncertainty

Taking part in one of the exchange programs offered by the U.S. gives participants more than a trip to the U.S.  They return to Suriname with new skills, new ideas, and renewed passion to aid the continued development of their homeland. On Tuesday, August 6, about 50 alumni from various exchange programs offered by the …

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U.S. Ambassador hosts latest cohort of exchange students headed to America

A dozen young students are about to have their lives changed forever thanks to their participation in exchange programs organized by the U.S. Embassy in Suriname. On Saturday, August 3, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Karen Lynn Williams met with students soon to head to the United States as participants in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Thank you, Mr. President. The focus of the UN Security Council is to safeguard international peace and security. The former Maduro regime has oppressed its people for years, forcing millions of Venezuelans to flee the country merely to gain very basic access to food and water. This has overwhelmed the capacity of regional countries to …

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Ambassador Karen Lynn Williams presents her credentials to President Desiré Delano Bouterse

On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, Karen L. Williams officially began her tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname after presenting her Letter of Credence to His Excellency President Desiré Delano Bouterse. The ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace. The credentialing ceremony dates back to the eighteenth century and maintains traditions that have remained virtually the …

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U.S. Military Provides First Aid and Youth Resiliency Workshop

PARAMARIBO – The U.S. Army Civil Military Support Element (CMSE) of the Military Liaison Office at the U.S. Embassy in Suriname has provided training to 8 Suriname Nationaal Leger Medics. The training focused on resiliency, patient assessments, and first aid. This program was a “train-the-trainer course” meant to give Surinamese military medics skills that they …

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Suriname America Alumni Association Awarded 4 Grants to Its Members

PARAMARIBO – On Friday, 12 October 2018, the Suriname America Alumni Association (SAAA) held a networking event at Riet Petit during which it announced the winners of the SAAA Small Grants Program. The SAAA Small Grants Program is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of State specifically for members of the SAAA. The …

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New Public Hours at the U.S. Embassy for American Citizen Services!

Beginning 14 September 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo will offer routine appointments for American citizens, including passport renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notary public services, exclusively on Fridays from 08:00 to 11:00 a.m.  To make an appointment, please visit: https://sr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/appointments/ . Please note that this web site is for American Citizen Services only.  …

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Suriname Ministry of Health Releases New Report on National Health Spending

Paramaribo- The Suriname Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance Project, hosted a meeting on August 21 to disseminate the results of a 2016 Health Accounts study analyzing the origin of funding for health in Suriname and where it is being …

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U.S. and Surinamese Soldiers renovate infrastructure O.S. Raka Raka

PARAMARIBO – From 20 to 28 August 2018, Soldiers from the United States South Dakota Army National Guard and from the Suriname Army worked together to renovate some of the infrastructure at the O.S. Raka Raka in Paramaribo.  This primary school serves approximately 400 students from the local area. This project is made possible through …

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U.S. EMBASSY ACHIEVES LEED® SILVER CERTIFICATION

PARAMARIBO – The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo has become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certified building in Suriname. The Embassy earned the silver level of LEED. LEED certification is an internationally recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs while increasing asset value, reduce waste …

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The release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – is now available.  The annual report covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member …

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New PEPFAR Results Reach Historic Highs in HIV Prevention and Treatment

Washington, D.C.—On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, new results from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released today show that the program has reached historic highs through its rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments. For more information, please visit  www.pepfar.gov

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2017 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from Suriname for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program .  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region and, in the words of Vice President Mike Pence, “bring even more of our business culture of entrepreneurship and innovation all across Latin America …

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South Dakota Army National Guard and Suriname Army collaborate on renovating infrastructure O.S. Majosteeg

PARAMARIBO – From 14 to 24 August 2017, Soldiers from the United States South Dakota Army National Guard and from the Suriname Army will work together to renovate some of the infrastructure at the O.S. Majosteeg in Wanica.  This primary school serves approximately 450 students from the local area. This project is made possible through …

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U.S. Department of State Releases 2016 Religious Freedom Report

PARAMARIBO— Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 Report on International Religious Freedom during a public event at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom covers government policies violating the religious beliefs and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, as well as U.S. policies to …

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The U.S. Embassy has a new phone number

The U.S. Embassy has a new phone number.  The new phone number, effective immediately, is (597) 556 700.  The old phone number, (597) 472 900, will be discontinued shortly. Please note that the after-hours emergency number remains (597) 710 11 12.  This after-hours emergency number is for American citizen emergencies only.

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Caribbean Entrepreneurs United in Kingston, Jamaica

Caribbean Entrepreneurs United in Kingston, Jamaica to Enhance Opportunities For Regional Growth   The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, in collaboration with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, and Meridian International Center will host the “Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Regional Workshop on Entrepreneurship,” to examine unique challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the …

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U.S. Embassy Transfers Two Police Patrol Boats to Government of Suriname

March 21, 2017 This morning the Embassy of the United States transferred two 21.5 feet long aluminum boats, two 150 horsepower Mercury motors, two trailers, 25 life vests, to the Government of Suriname. Included in the transfer are a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and two scheduled maintenance checks. The ceremony took place at the Marinetrap. U.S. …

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U.S. Embassy Announces the 2017 American Media Co-Op Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Media Co-Op program, formerly known as the TV/Radio Coop Program.  Media Co-ops are cooperative ventures, jointly developed by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section and local media outlets in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center. Media Co-Ops are a (maximum) two-week, …

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Ambassador Nolan signs MOA between TSA-CASAS

PARAMARIBO – U.S. Ambassador Edwin Nolan and Brian de Souza, Acting Director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname, signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. This ceremony is to formalize an agreement allowing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide support and assistance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname (CASAS).  …

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Ambassador Nolan delivers INL-Funded Police Bicycles to Korps Politie Suriname

PARAMARIBO – U.S. Ambassador Edwin Nolan made a donation of 50 mountain bikes, along with 50 sets of gloves/helmets/bags/beacons, 50 sets of polarized eyewear, 50 sets of handcuffs and other items to the Korps Politie Suriname on Friday morning. The donation was funded through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement …

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 16th annual trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report

U.S. Department of State releases 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report; Suriname downgraded to Tier 3 PARAMARIBO— Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 16th annual trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in a public event at the State Department in Washington, D.C.  Suriname is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children …

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SD National Guard celebrates 10 years of partnership with Suriname

By Spc. Kristin Lichius – 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAPID CITY, S.D. – Members of the South Dakota National Guard and Suriname Defense Force celebrated 10 years of partnership as they gathered together to attend an anniversary ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Rapid, June 22. The event recognized the 10th anniversary of …

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U.S. Embassy assists in repatriation of cultural artifacts from Jodensavanne

PARAMARIBO—On Tuesday, June 14, Ambassador Edwin R. Nolan handed over several boxes of artifacts to the board of the Jodensavanne Foundation and the Suriname Archaeological Service.  The artifacts date back to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and include fragments of pottery, porcelain, and iron work that were uncovered by amateur archaeologists in the vicinity …

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Op-Ed: Our Oceans are Everyone’s Responsibility

By Edwin R. Nolan, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname PARAMARIBO – Covering more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life.  Today, on World Oceans Day,  I join President Barack Obama’s and Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for all citizens of the world take action to …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Art in Embassies Exchange Artist Sibylle Szaggars-Redford

PARAMARIBO— The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Bureau of Overseas Building Operation’s Art in Embassies program is pleased to announce the visit of U.S. artist Sibylle Szaggars-Redford to Suriname.  Ms. Szaggars-Redford has been commissioned to create a series of pieces for the new U.S. Embassy which will open this fall. From May 3 to …

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Kari Yu Graduates Eager to Put Vocational Skills to Work

PARAMARIBO— At-risk youth in Suriname are benefiting significantly from the United States Government’s USAID-funded Kari Yu Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation.  Today, more than 100 youth graduated from the Kari Yu program, equipped with life skills and vocational training.  The new skills the graduates have acquired from …

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American Corner MOU renewed

U.S. Embassy and Cultural Center of Suriname renew Memorandum of Understanding; Open House to be held February 4, 2016 PARAMARIBO—U.S. Ambassador Edwin R. Nolan and Chair of the Board of the Cultural Center of Suriname Ms. Nadia Becker renewed the memorandum of understanding Tuesday morning, January 26, for the housing of the American Corner Paramaribo …

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U.S. Embassy and American Corner to host Environmental Film Festival

PARAMARIBO—The U.S. Embassy in Suriname and the American Corner are organizing an Environmental Film Festival beginning January 28 and running through February 26, 2016.  Public viewings are scheduled for Friday evenings, beginning January 29 and running for five weeks though February 26.  Additionally, special school viewings for junior high school (VOJ) and high school (VOS) …

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Grant Proposal Workshop January 21

The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo Public Affairs Section is pleased to announce that limited funding is available through the Public Affairs Small Grants program to support activities that promote U.S.-Suriname bilateral relations in the following four priority areas: Increase entrepreneurship and economic prosperity; maximize economic growth and bilateral trade, tourism, and investment, especially among youth and …

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Ambassador Nolan presents copy credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs

U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Edwin R. Nolan presented a copy of his credentials this morning to Minister of Foreign Affairs Niermala Badrising.  The two met for 30 minutes, accompanied by members of their staff, and both expressed their eagerness to cooperate on areas of mutual interest. The deposit of copy credentials with the Ministry of …

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SD National Guard, partner-nation Suriname share disaster response best practices

By 1st Lt. Chad Carlson, SDNG Public Affairs Office PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Three members of the South Dakota National Guard spent two days in Suriname, the state’s South American partner nation, Aug. 26-27, as part of a series of recent subject matter expert exchanges focusing on disaster response best practices. The Guardsmen met with leadership …

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U.S. Small Boat Operations Coast Guard instructors visit Suriname

PARAMARIBO, Suriname – In order to expand their capability to face transnational threats such as organized crime and illicit trafficking, Suriname military officials welcomed a group of United States Small Boat Operations Coast Guard instructors for a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE), 10-21 August 2015. Operating from Marine Base BOXEL, 14 members of the Surinamese …

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Op-Ed: Highlighting U.S.-Suriname public health partnerships on Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Jay N. Anania, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname As part of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we in the United States mark June 8 as Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  On this day, events are held in U.S. cities to encourage Caribbean-American and Caribbean-born individuals to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved.  It is also …

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Statement on Elections in Suriname

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Surinamese people on completing the democratic voting process that we observed in yesterday’s elections.  It was heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which Surinamese voters participated in the electoral process which will ultimately choose their next government. The Independent Elections Bureau (OKB) did a credible job of ensuring Surinamese could …

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South Dakota National Guard, Suriname military conduct field leadership and hazmat exchange

Members of the South Dakota National Guard and Suriname military participated in a pair of subject matter expert exchanges in April to share information on best practices for field leadership and the handling of hazardous materials. Three members of the Suriname Defense Force met with more than a dozen SDNG Soldiers and Airmen in Rapid …

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The United States Celebrates Topping Out of New U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with Suriname, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay N. Anania, participated in a topping out ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo today.  Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Michiel Raafenberg, represented the Government of Suriname at the ceremony and helped christen the new …

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Military Women Exchange Experiences During International Women’s Week

In honor of International Women’s Week, two members of the South Dakota National Guard (SDNG) conducted a subject matter expert exchange with 22 of their Surinamese counterparts on the challenges facing women in the military and new opportunities available to female soldiers.  Major Kathy Dirk and Master Sergeant Shelly Reeder of the SDNG held meetings …

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South Dakota National Guard Leads Exchange on PPE Protocol

Subject Matter Experts from the South Dakota National Guard traveled to Suriname to discuss infectious disease mitigation measures and the protocol for use of personal protective equipment – PPE – with local first responders, medical providers, and defense force personnel.  This exchange supported the donation of PPE in November 2014 to the National Coordination Center …

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U.S. Embassy Donates Computer Equipment to Korps Politie Suriname

On Thursday, January 15, the U.S. Embassy donated laptops, iPads, and other computer equipment to the Suriname Police Force (KPS).  The equipment will be used by the Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the Forensics Unit to assist in criminal investigations. U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay Anania handed over the equipment to Chief of Police Tjin Liep …

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U.S. State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

On January 14, the U.S. Secretary of State released the FY 2014 Fiscal Transparency Report.  The Report assesses whether governments that receive U.S. assistance meet minimum requirements of fiscal transparency.  The Department’s assessments evaluate the substantial completeness, reliability, and public availability of budget documents, as well as the transparency of natural resource extraction contracting and …

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Minamata Convention on Mercury Gets Boost from Mercury Program Officer’s Visit

Jane Dennison, the U.S. Department of State’s Mercury Program Officer, visited Suriname on December 15-19.  Dr. Dennison works in the Office of Environmental Quality and Trans-boundary Issues in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  Jane was accompanied by Anil Sookdeo from the Global Environmental Facility, and Dr. Paul Cordy of the …

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U.S.-Suriname Open Skies Agreement Now In Force

On December 9, 2014, the U.S.-Suriname Open Skies Agreement entered into force.  This agreement has the potential to strengthen and expand trade and tourism links between the United States and Suriname to the benefit of businesses, tourists, and other travelers.  It will enable expanded air service, more choice to passengers, and encourage price competition by …

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Statement of Ambassador Jay N. Anania on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2014

Sixty-six years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a remarkable document:  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Drafted by many people with very different legal and cultural backgrounds, it outlined, for the first time in an international declaration, fundamental freedoms and human rights to be protected for “all members of …

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Op-Ed: Building a more democratic hemisphere

By John Kerry This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Summit of the Americas, hosted by President Clinton in Miami, a city that exemplifies the vital connections between the United States and its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere.  As we look toward the seventh Summit of the Americas next April in Panama, …

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Number of Surinamese studying at U.S. institutions up three percent

The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released Monday, finds the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by eight percent to a record high of 886,052 students in the 2013/14 academic year, confirming once again that the United States remains the destination of choice for higher …

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80 Surinamese Youth Graduate from U.S.-funded Kari Yu! Program

On Friday, November 14, 2014, 80 young men and women graduated from the Kari Yu! program, which is funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The graduation, which took place at the Olympic House, was the closing of a comprehensive basic life skills and pre-employment training program.  The Kari Yu! program provides …

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SOUTHCOM Commander Kelly Highlights Bilateral Security Partnership During Visit

U.S. Marine General John Kelly, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded a two-day visit to Suriname on November 6 by visiting several Surinamese military installations and transferring a donation of 1,000 personal protective suits to the National Coordination Center for Disaster Response (NCCR).  The Commander’s visit highlights the ongoing cooperation and friendship between the …

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U.S. Government Delivers Disaster Response Supplies to National Coordination Center for Disaster Response

The United States Government, through the Department of Defense (DOD), recently delivered three shipping containers of supplies, valued at over $250,000, to the National Coordination Center for Disaster Response (NCCR).  The purpose of this delivery was to enhance the NCCR’s ability to respond to and mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters on the …

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Ambassador signs Memoranda of Understanding totaling more than $25,000 for the PEPFAR Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo held a signing ceremony on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to award grants under the PEPFAR Small Grants Program. The recipients of the 2014 PEPFAR Small Grants were the Suriname Business Coalition Against HIV & AIDS, Medical Mission Primary Health Care Suriname, and Foundation Liefdevolle Handen. Ambassador Anania signed the agreements with …

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SD Guard shares knowledge with Suriname military on reserve force operations

By Spc. Donald Williams – 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota National Guard hosted three key leaders from the Suriname Armed Forces at Camp Rapid, July 10-14, to share information on the structure and operational processes of the National Guard as a reserve force. The purpose of the Surinamers’ …

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Suriname America Alumni Association Donates Books to VOJ Atjoni

Suriname America Alumni Association (SAAA) steering committee members and U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Virginia Elliott donated books to VOJ Atjoni on Tuesday, July 15.  School Director Dhr. Jozefzoon and Onderdirecteur Atipa received the delegation and accepted the donation on behalf of the school.  The school is the first organization to receive books from the …

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South Dakota National Guard Women Join Suriname Women in Uniform For Leadership Conference

Seven South Dakota National Guard women joined Suriname’s Ministry of Defense Leadership conference for women in uniform May 12 -14.  They participated as part of the State Partnership Program Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE).  Their visit furthered the South Dakota National Guard’s efforts to work together with Suriname on areas of mutual concern to women …

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USAID Funded Youth development programs Kari Yu! and A Ganar Install Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

On May 7, 2014, representatives from government, private sector, youth, civil society partners and USAID/Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) Staff met to establish a technical advisory committee.  Ambassador Jay Anania, Minister of Labor Technological Development and Environment Michael Miskin, KARI YU! Program Director Carlo Arze, and former Managing Director of Staatsolie Eddy Jharap attended the …

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U.S. Embassy and Cultural Center of Suriname Renew Memorandum of Understanding

In a signing ceremony on March 7, 2014, Charge d’Affaires Valerie Belon and Cultural Center of Suriname Chair Nadia Becker renewed the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations, which established the American Corner at CCS.  The ceremony took place in the American Corner, which is located at the Cultural Center of Suriname (above the …

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Raise Your Voice U.S. Embassy Announces visit of Photojournalist Bill Gentile

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the visit of expert journalist Bill Gentile to Suriname May 5 – 9, 2014.  Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC.  His career spans three decades, five continents and nearly every facet of journalism and mass communication, most especially …

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U.S. Embassy Announces “Swit’ Sranan” Photo and Video Contest

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a photo and video contest in honor of expert journalist Bill Gentile’s visit to Suriname and World Press Freedom Day.  Bill Gentile is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker teaching at American University in Washington, DC.  His career spans three decades, five continents and nearly every facet of …

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Youth Participation in Elections U.S. Embassy and PROJEKTA Announce Visit of David Burstein

The U.S. Embassy and PROJEKTA are pleased to announce the visit of millennial writer, filmmaker, and storyteller, David Burstein from April 24-26, 2014.  Burstein will lead workshops and discussions with various youth organizations, young aspiring politicians, and youth participation mechanisms in Paramaribo to share his experience motivating young voters and his perspectives on civic engagement …

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American Police Officers lead “Ethics in Policing” training for KPS

On April 14, two Ohio State Police Officers kicked off the first of two, week-long courses on Ethics in Policing for five police instructors and 65 Korps Politie Suriname (KPS) police officers from all over Suriname.  The U.S. Embassy is funding the training through the Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. …

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Korps Politie Suriname (KPS) and U.S. Embassy Launch of Automated Fingerprint Identification System

U.S. Ambassador Jay N. Anania and Korps Politie Suriname (KPS) Chief Humphrey Tjin Liep Shie officially inaugurated the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) at the Nieuw Haven Police Station on April 8.  The system was funded by the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and is part of U.S. efforts to assist Suriname as it builds capacity …

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U.S. Embassy Announces 2014 President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for the 2014 PEPFAR Small Grants Program.  The PEPFAR Small Grants Program (PSGP) is part of the Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework against HIV/AIDS and focuses on community based prevention activities to reduce the spread of HIV, reduce AIDS related stigma and discrimination, and …

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U.S. Embassy Cooperates with ADEKADEK’s Institute for Women and Gender Development Studies to host the film “Telling Amy’s Story”

In honor of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy coordinated with the Institute for Women and Gender Development Studies and UNFPA to screen the film “Telling Amy’s Story” to Anton de Kom University students on March 27, 2014.  The film was followed by a discussion led by representatives from Stop Geweld Tegen Vrouwen and UNFPA. …

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U.S. Embassy HAP Donates Equipment to Vereniging Van Rolstoelgebruikers

On Friday, March 14, 2014, at the WINGROEP facility in Nickerie, the U.S. Embassy Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) donated tools to Vereniging Van Rolstoelgebruikers (VRG).  The tools included power tools and other equipment useful in repairing and building wheelchairs.  VRG and WINGROEP will collaborate to bring awareness to the challenges that face the vulnerable, wheelchair-dependent …

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USAID KARI YU program supports Results-Based Monitoring within Government Ministries

On March 13, 2014, 20 mid and senior level members of five government ministries graduated after completing a five-month long Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training course provided by the USAID Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program- Kari Yu! Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Ismanto Adna, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Valerie Belon, and Program Director …

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Suriname Prison Guards Complete Training in United States

Nine Surinamese prison guards traveled to Maryland at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy from March 3-7.  The group participated in an “Overview of Correctional Management Study Tour” conducted by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, Maryland. The training is part of a long term project …

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Visit of Writer and Activist Ming Holden

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the visit of award-winning writer, development worker, activist, and artist, Ming Holden from March 10-14, 2014.  Holden will meet with local writers, civil society, youth and others in Paramaribo, Brokopondo and Nickerie to share her experience using writing as tool to empower, heal and transform communities.  Ms. Holden …

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The United States Celebrates Commencement of Construction of New U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with Suriname, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay N. Anania, participated in a construction commencement ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo today.  Minister of Justice and Police, Edward Belfort, represented the Government of Suriname at the ceremony and laid one of the ceremonial bricks. The multi-building …

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Ambassador Anania’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Winston Lackin

In a meeting with Foreign Minister Winston Lackin on Monday, March 3, Ambassador Anania reaffirmed the shared commitment the United States and Suriname have to the fundamental values of democracy, including a commitment to free and fair elections. He also thanked the Minister for acknowledging that meetings with various election officials were part of normal …

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U.S. Embassy announces open competition for the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States, Brazil and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. Twenty outstanding scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad will …

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U.S. Embassy announces the 2014 American TV/Radio Co-op Program

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting proposals for the 2014 TV/Radio Coop program. TV/Radio Co-ops are cooperative ventures in which the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs section, broadcast journalists from national, regional or independent TV and radio stations, and Washington’s Office of Broadcast Services (OBS) jointly develop program proposals for original production in the United States.  …

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U.S. Army Personnel Lead Field Training Exercise with Suriname Army

Five U.S. Army Engagement Branch advisors deployed to Suriname in February to conduct small unit tactics training with the Suriname Army.  The Engagement Branch was led by Captain Christopher Hudson and Master Sergeant Joseph Hissong, and supported by Sergeants First Class Ronald Burke, Jason Harrison and James Weaver, who served as advisors and trainers during …

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Funded Program Launches Second Phase of Support for Youth Employment

The USAID supported A Ganar program, implemented by Partners of the Americas, initiated its second phase on February 10, 2014.  This program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provides a second chance for school dropouts and other youth between the ages of 16-24 to gain skills that help them find salaried jobs …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Direct Passenger Flights between the United States and the Republic of Suriname once technical requirements are met

On June 21, 2013, the United States and the Republic of Suriname initialed the U.S.-Suriname Open Skies Agreement (“the Agreement”).  Once ratified by Suriname’s National Assembly, the Agreement could liberalize our bilateral aviation relationship. This agreement has the potential to strengthen and expand trade and tourism links between the United States and Suriname to the …

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