US-JA Partners on Countering Violent Extremist Organizations at Press Avail

U.S. Embassy’s Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel, Pablo Alejandro Raggio addressing journalists at press avail on the recently concluded 2018 Countering Violent Extremist Organizations Conference Jamaica’s Chief of Defense Staff Major General Rocky Meade addressing journalists at press avail on the recently concluded 2018 Countering Violent Extremist Organizations Conference U.S. Embassy Kingston, hosted journalists at a ...
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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 Supports Jamaica’s Fisheries

The U.S. Embassy has partnered with the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Port Royal Marine Lab (PRML) on a one-year sustainable fisheries education project.  Thousands of Jamaicans depend on fishing for their livelihood, but practices such as overfishing and misuse of equipment can negatively affect fish stocks.  The project, funded through a grant from ...
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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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Caribbean Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum

The first staging of the Caribbean Senior Enlisted Leaders Forum was launched on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Kingston, Jamaica. The two-day forum is jointly hosted  by the Jamaica Defense Force and the United States Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM). Speaking at the opening ceremony, Sergeant Major Thomas Eggerling, US Marine Corps, (SOUTHCOM), commended the organizers ...
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Strengthening U.S. – Jamaica Partnerships

Traveling onboard a U.S. Air Force C-130, a contingent of the United States District of Columbia Army National Guard arrived in Jamaica on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Forty-five specialist doctors and nurses, led by Colonel Bolivia Davis and Colonel Gregg A. Vigeant, will commence a two-week medical outreach in Annotto Bay, St Mary. The group will ...
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Broadcast Licensing & Enforcement Seminar

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Kingston are hosting a CARICOM-United States Public-Private Sector Stakeholder Seminar and Dialogue on Broadcast Licensing and Enforcement Seminar.  The two-day seminar, June 21-22, is exploring a gamut of topics including the legal framework for content and signal licensing, business considerations in the US and ...
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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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Eight Jamaican Lottery Scammers Extradited

On April 26, 2017, the governments of Jamaica and the United States extradited eight Jamaicans to face federal charges related to the international lottery scheme. The U.S. Attorney for North Dakota has indicted them for an alleged conspiracy to defraud tens of millions of dollars (US) from America’s most vulnerable citizens, primarily elderly victims living ...
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After Jamaican School Assesses Reading Skills, Attendance Soars

  In the isolated, serene hills of St. James on Jamaica’s west end sits the quaint little school of Retrieve Primary. The school hosts a total of approximately 120 students from grades 1 to 6. But until 2010, only 30 students attended the school. Former principal Yvonne Hardy remembers what it was like when she ...
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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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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. Military aircraft land in Jamaica

Five United States military aircraft arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday, October 5, for refueling, en route to Haiti. The vessels included two Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, one Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, one heavy-lift Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport airplane. The State Department ...
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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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USTDA advances energy efficiency in Jamaica

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Jamaica’s National Water Commission (NWC) , a utility responsible for providing water and wastewater services. The grant will provide technical assistance to examine energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities at seven NWC facilities.  For each of the targeted facilities, the technical assistance will develop detailed ...
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BMR Wind Farm Launch

On August 18, U.S. Ambassador Luis G. Moreno gave remarks at the inauguration of BMR Jamaica’s Wind project in Malvern, St Elizabeth. The U.S. and Canadian governments invested tens of millions of dollars (US) in the project, which is expected to provide over 17, 000 customers a year with clean, affordable, reliable, and domestically-produced power. ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Jamaica’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of your nation’s independence. The United States considers Jamaica a close friend and strong partner. Your vibrant democratic institutions, independent judiciary, and robust ...
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