Earlier today, U.S. Ambassador Karen L. Williams and Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yldiz Pollack-Beighle signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Suriname Air Transport Agreement of 2013. The amendment adds “seventh-freedom rights” for flights carrying only cargo. This means that flights between a second and third country no longer need to land in their home country before continuing on their route. Today’s agreement will facilitate the efficient and cost-effective movement of goods, strengthen global express delivery cargo networks, enhance connectivity and competitiveness, and promote economic growth.
The updated Air Transport Agreement underscores the U.S. government’s commitment to the Caribbean as outlined in the Caribbean 2020 strategy. Caribbean 2020 is the U.S. policy framework to enhance partnerships in security, energy, diplomacy, prosperity, education, and health in the region.
For details on U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, please see:https://www.state.gov/p/wha/rt/caribbeanstrategy/index.htm