US – Jamaica Sign Agreement Strengthening Aviation Security

Montego Bay – United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald R. Tapia and the island’s Minister of National Security, the Honorable Dr. Horace Chang, today signed a key cooperative agreement, strengthening aviation security. This arrangement will allow for the continued presence of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) aboard select international flights between Jamaica and the United States. …

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Ambassador Tapia leads Diplomatic Corps on Tour of USNS COMFORT

Today, United States Ambassador Donald R. Tapia shared in a tour of the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship. The ship is currently visiting the island for a medical mission between October 28 to November 1.  The Ambassador was joined by a delegation including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, The Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith, USAID/Washington …

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U.S. Ambassador Tapia Kicks Off School Talks

Donald Tapia desires to leave a positive and powerful footprint during his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. High on his to-do list is assisting the country in strengthening the economy and working collaboratively with the government to curb violence and crime. However, closest to his heart is being recognized for his work to promote …

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U.S. Provides over US$200,000 to Expand HIV Clinical Service Delivery in Jamaica

Christiana, Manchester – Today, The United States government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), officially opened an expanded HIV clinic, at the Christiana Health Center, Christiana, Manchester. U.S. Ambassador Donald Tapia along with CDC Caribbean Regional Office Director Varough …

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Ambassador Tapia Hosts Jamaican Delegation to Solar Power International, Renewable Energy Conference

Underscoring his commitment to bolstering trade and investment between the United States and Jamaica, U.S. Ambassador Don Tapia will host a high-level Jamaican delegation to attend Solar Power International, (SPI), the largest renewable energy trade show in North America, in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 23-26. The Jamaican delegation will comprise both public and …

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U.S. Embassy Kingston announces next Ambassador to Jamaica

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica is happy to announce the confirmation of Arizona businessman Mr. Donald Ray Tapia, as the United  States Ambassador to Jamaica. Mr. Tapia served as Chairman and CEO of Essco Group Management, the largest Hispanic owned business in Arizona, for over three decades. Mr. Tapia’s philanthropic efforts include serving on …

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U.S. Embassy donates equipment in support of anti-corruption fight

On June 19, 2017, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) hosted the official handover ceremony of fifty computers and related equipment, donated by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section, of the United States Embassy, Kingston. Valued at approximately US$80,000, the items include computer desks and chairs, fireproof cabinets, scanners, projectors and printers. …

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“Combating Crime in an Interconnected World”

On June 15-16, 2017, the governments of Jamaica, the United States, the U.K., Colombia, Canada, and the EU hosted a transnational security summit in Kingston.  Keynote speakers included Prime Minister The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, former New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and former Chief of the Colombian National Police General Rosso José Serrano. …

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Lt Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo Lauds US-Jamaica Partnership at JDF Change of Command Ceremony

The Military Deputy Commander of the United States Southern Command, LTG DiSalvo conveys his personal congratulations to Major General Rocky Meade on his appointment as the new Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). LTG DiSalvo was the senior United States military representative at the JDF Change of Command Ceremony on the …

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U.S Embassy hosts Election Night Watch Party

Ambassador Luis G. Moreno hosted guests at the themed, Election Night Watch party 2016 to celebrate U.S. democracy on the rooftop of Digicel Headquarters in downtown Kingston. The over 150 attendees included members of the diplomatic corps, Government ministers and opposition, the business community and the media. Ambassador Moreno told the guests that this was indeed …

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Jamaican Fugitive Apprehension

In the early morning hours of November 6th, members of JCF”s Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) and the Major Organized Crime Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) apprehended Lavrick Willocks in Kingston. Mr. Willocks is the key figure in the 14-person federal indictment in North Dakota targeting lottery scammers. The United States has requested the extradition of Mr. …

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Partners in action, Partners for hope, Partners for prosperity

On Wednesday, October 19, the U.S. Government partnered with the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) in packing and transporting well-needed supplies to Haiti. United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno was on hand to give his support to this very timely mission. The supplies which include bottled water, toiletries and infant supplies will contribute to …

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U.S. Embassy donates non-lethal equipment to JCF

The U.S. Embassy through the office of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) yesterday handed over 3,500 non-lethal kits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) under the Less than Lethal Force Project. The project will provide equipment and training to 7,000 front-line JCF officers in order to reduce incidents of citizen …

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U.S. Embassy bids farewell to Consul General Michael Schimmel

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno hosted a farewell reception in honor of outgoing Consul General Michael Schimmel, who departed this summer after serving three years at Embassy Kingston and over 30 years in the Foreign Service. Over 100 guests attended the reception to bid farewell to the “visa man” based on the close …

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Ambassador attends Cayman Independence Reception

On August 18, 2016, United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno visited the Cayman Islands for outreach to Americans and other U.S. interests. The visit was also used to celebrate the US’ 240th Anniversary of Independence. While in the Caymans, Ambassador Moreno paid a courtesy call to Premier The Honourable Alden McLaughlin. Moreno and McLaughlin …

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U.S. Embassy celebrates 240 years Texas Style

On Monday July 4th The Embassy of the United States of America in Kingston celebrated the 240th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, on the East Lawn of the historic and iconic Devon House. The evening of splendor was characterized by Texan hats and Tex-Mex Cuisine amidst a sea of red, white and blue.  …

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