U.S-Jamaica Sign Child Protection Compact Partnership

The Governments of the United States and Jamaica finalized a new partnership to combat child trafficking.  The U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed on Thursday, May 30 by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Marcia Gilbert-Roberts is a jointly-developed, four-year plan to enhance ...
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New All-Cargo Rights Added to U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant and Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Jamaica Air Transport Agreement of 2008 to include seventh-freedom rights for all-cargo operations, effective as of the date of signing. Seventh-freedom rights permit flights between a second and third country ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Jamaican Religious Leaders in Celebration of Religious Freedom Day

Kingston, Tuesday January 16th – U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’ Affaires Eric Khant hosted an interfaith dialogue for approximately 10 prominent Jamaican religious leaders at the Chief of Mission’s Residence. During the dialogue the topic of religious pluralism, tolerance and religion’s role in addressing social issues were discussed. The participants included: Rev. Gary Harriott, General Secretary Jamaica ...
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US-JA Partners against Gender-Based Violence

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and observe the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10. Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, this day – and the ensuing campaign – offers ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Jamaica’s Integrity Champions

USAID grantee National Integrity Action (NIA) and sub-grantee The Council for Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) hosted a Certification Ceremony for ‘Integrity Champions’, on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The event served to acknowledge over 400 Jamaicans who were trained on anti-corruption interventions and officially designate them ‘Integrity Champions’. The individuals who were selected from nine parishes across ...
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U.S. Embassy Jamaica supports Women in Crisis

On Wednesday October 11, 2017 Woman Inc officially opened the newly renovated Women’s Crisis Shelter.  This was made possible through USAID’s Community Empowerment and Transformation Phase II project (USAID COMET II).  The cost of the renovation was in excess of J$15M. The shelter will serve as a safe space for victims of rape, incest and ...
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U.S. Government bolsters Jamaica’s Border Security

The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) Coast Guard Headquarters in Port Royal was abuzz with activity on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, when the United States Government officially handed over two 38-foot SAFE boats and two 37-foot Boston Whalers to the island’s military. The support which was made possible through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is valued ...
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US-JA Partnership Strong!

Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant and his wife Halima Khant hosted members of government, civil society and the business community at the Chief of Mission Residence, for a ‘Thank You’ reception on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Over 100 guests were invited to the event, as a show of appreciation for their partnership over the year. During ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts 2017 YLAI

The U.S. Embassy proudly announced the 2017 Jamaica cohort for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) on September 22.  The event was hosted by the Embassy’s Charge` d’Affaires Eric Khant at the Chief of Mission residence in St Andrew. Eight Jamaican young entrepreneurs will travel to the United States during October to participate ...
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U.S. Government donates $12 million in Medical Supplies to Cornwall Regional Hospital

On Friday, August 25, 2017 the United States Government officially presented J$12 million in medical supplies to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The ceremony was held at the Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing. Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant formally delivered the items to Minister of Health, Dr. the Honorable Christopher Tufton, who was accompanied by Chief Executive ...
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Strengthening relationships through strategic security partnerships

Jamaica welcomed 15 United States military generals and admirals from the Department of Defense Western Hemisphere Capstone Program for a two-day security exchange, August 2-3, 2017. On this visit, the generals and flag officers also referred to as CAPSTONE Fellows, were introduced to key U.S. and host nation civilian and military officials such as U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy Kingston hosts Pre-Departure Orientation for Jamaican students

On Friday, July 21, 2017, EducationUSA Jamaica hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, for approximately twenty prospective undergraduate and graduate students, who will commence studies at higher education institutions in the U.S. this Fall. These students will attend several prestigious American schools including Caldwell University, New York Film Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ...
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U.S. Embassy donates Bicycles, Firearm Simulator, and Driving Simulator at Handover Ceremony

The U.S. State Department, through its International Narcotics Law Enforcement offices (INL), donated to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 200 bicycles, a firearm and a driving simulator, during a handover ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica. Deputy Chief of Mission, Eric Khant delivered remarks at the handover ceremony, highlighting the fifty-five years of ...
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