Ambassador Cella and Ministry of Health Convene Forum on Building Bridges for Health in Fiji and the Pacific

Today, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella and Fiji Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. James Fong convened U.S. and Fijian government health officials and health, education and business sector leaders for a transparent and candid dialogue on how the United States could support efforts to strengthen health systems in the Indo-Pacific.  The conversation generated ideas and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Leadership Fiji Alumni Summit 2020

SUVA –Today, the United States Embassy in Suva, hosted around 50 Leadership Fiji Alumni members for the annual Leadership Fiji Alumni Summit. U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella spoke to the group along with other local and U.S. speakers. The theme of the summit was ‘Reconnecting and Collaborating’ to encourage the members to rebuild connections during these ... Read More»

United States and Nauru Sign Investment Incentive Agreement

SUVA – U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted Nauruan High Commissioner Michael Aroi at the U.S. Embassy on December 3 to sign the Nauru-United States Investment Incentive Agreement. This new agreement is anticipated to provide access to the full range of investment support offered by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), formerly known as the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts Beard Shaving Event to Raise Awareness on Men’s Health

SUVA – On Monday, November 30, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted Minister for Health Ifereimi Waqainabete, New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr, other members of the diplomatic community, government officials, and staff of the U.S. Embassy who committed to letting their beards grow in November to promote Men’s Health Awareness Month. The purpose of the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts Boxing Match Watch Party and Virtual Chat with UFC President

SUVA – On Sunday, November 29, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted boxers, trainers, gym owners, boxing enthusiasts, and journalists at U.S. Embassy to watch an exhibition boxing event. The boxing event had six matches in the heavyweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, light weight, and featherweight categories. Mike Tyson headlined against Roy Jones Jr. in eight rounds, ... Read More»

United States’ Enhanced and Enduring Commitment to the Pacific

Watch the virtual conversation between USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa, Representative Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) INDOPACOM Commander Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Representative Ed Case (HI-1), Assistant Secretaryof State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell, and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Gloria D. Steele,   Read More»

Ambassador Keshap’s Remarks CSIS Asian Architecture Conference 2020

AMBASSADOR ATUL KESHAP, PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASIAN ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE 2020 Video: https://www.csis.org/events/online-event-asian-architecture-conference-2020-session-one-east-asia-summit Text: I’m honored to be with you today to discuss U.S. priorities for this year’s East Asia Summit.  I’m joined by my good friend and colleague Deputy Assistant Secretary ... Read More»

A/S David Stillwell’s Remarks at the Hoover Institution

Covert, Coercive, and Corrupting: Countering the Chinese Communist Party’s Malign Influence in Free Societies DAVID R. STILWELL, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC AFFAIRS Video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?477535-1/hoover-institution-discussion-china Text: Good afternoon. Thank you to the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the Asia Society for inviting me. Thank you to organizers Orville Schell and Larry Diamond. It ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Meets with Entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week

SUVA – In Commemoration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (#GEW2020) which runs from November 16-20, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella met with and encouraged emerging entrepreneurs at two Embassy-supported workshops on November 19. The U.S. Embassy hosted an entrepreneurship workshop where Ambassador Cella gave opening remarks. Then he visited local women entrepreneurs participating in the Academy ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Watch Party

SUVA – On Monday, November 16, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella and Japanese Ambassador Omura Masahiro hosted primary, high school and university students from Fiji, Japan and the United States at the U.S. Embassy to watch the launch of the NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts Meeting with NASA Leadership and Students Ahead of Launch

Suva – On Thursday, November 12, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted high school and university students at the U.S. Embassy to participate in a virtual meeting with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Deputy Administrator James Morhard to discuss the upcoming NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 launch and other NASA programs. Ambassador Cella ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Election Watch Party

SUVA – Coinciding with the 2020 election on November 3 in the United States, today, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella and staff of the Embassy of the United States of America hosted the “USA 2020 – Presidential Election Party”. The embassy welcomed two different groups to watch the election returns and learn about the election process ... Read More»

United States and Japan Embassies Build Bridges Through Softball Sports Diplomacy

On Saturday, October 31 the Fiji Islands Baseball and Softball Association (FIBSA) and the embassies of the United States of America and Japan held a tri-nations softball match to promote cooperation.  The event, envisioned by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella and Japanese Ambassador Omura Masahiro, brought together three teams for a friendly softball competition to enjoy ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Leads Pacific Panel for Indo-Pacific Business Forum

SUVA – U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted a panel discussion entitled, ‘Pacific Prosperity: Promoting Mutually Beneficial Trade and Economic Policies in the Pacific’ as part of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) today. Ambassador Cella welcomed Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister of Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Kiribati High Commissioner to Fiji David Teaabo, Nauru High Commissioner to ... Read More»

United States and Tuvalu Sign Investment Incentive Agreement

SUVA – United States Ambassador Joseph Cella welcomed Tuvaluan High Commissioner Temate Melitiana to the U.S. Embassy on October 28 to sign the Tuvalu-United States Investment Incentive Agreement. This new agreement is anticipated to provide access to full range of investment support offered by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), formerly known as the ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Launches Embassy Youth Council

SUVA – Today, the Embassy of the United States of America launched its newest youth initiative with the establishment of the Embassy Youth Council. The council will be part of a larger advisory network to promote and empower the youth of the five countries covered by Embassy Suva, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Members ... Read More»

United States Presents Project Management Certificates in Labasa

LABASA – Today, USAID Senior Development Advisor Dr. Alexandria Huerta presented completion certificates to participants who successfully completed the Project Management Practice course supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The course is part of the USAID Ready Project’s partnership with the University of the South Pacific – Pacific Technical and Further ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2021

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Grants Program Funding Opportunity Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji Call for Proposals – 2021 Deadline for proposals is November 23, 2020 The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a call for concept notes for the FY 2021 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation ... Read More»

Pacific Health Leaders Start Virtual Exchange Focused on Public Health

SUVA – On Monday October 19, 19 leaders from eleven Pacific countries began a virtual exchange program focused on public health leadership. The delegates, selected through a competitive regional process, will gather virtually for three weeks to learn from one another and from their counterparts in the United States. Notably, the group will explore the ... Read More»

United States and Fiji Sign Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

SUVA – Today, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella led a virtual signing ceremony to establish a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the United States of America and the Republic of Fiji. The TIFA creates a platform on which to further expand and deepen bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries. Ambassador Cella ... Read More»

Fiji National Day

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I offer my congratulations to the people of Fiji as you mark fifty years of independence. Much has changed in the world since 1970, but our friendship remains steadfast.  Fijians and Americans value the role that ... Read More»

Tuvalu National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Tuvalu as you celebrate the 42nd anniversary of your independence. The United States has enjoyed a close friendship with Tuvalu since its independence in 1978, with our relations built on a foundation of democratic principles and shared ... Read More»

U.S.-Donated Ventilators to Boost Kiribati’s Fight Against COVID-19

SUVA – U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu Joseph Cella and Kiribati Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Tinte Itinteang formally launched a training program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and Zoll Medical to help Kiribati medical technicians and doctors ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Convenes Fiji Forward Kava Workshop

SUVA – The United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Joseph Cella convened more than two dozen key figures in Fiji’s kava industry, including growers, processors, and government officials, to discuss ways to advance trade with the United States. The Fiji Forward Kava Workshop focused on what U.S. consumer want when it ... Read More»

SPTO Latest Beneficiary for the U.S. Embassy Economic Resilience Grants

Suva – United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Joseph Cella announced a new grant of US$20,000 (FJ$42,500) for the Pacific Tourism Association (SPTO) as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Resilience Grants. Ambassador Cella said, “The U.S. Embassy is delighted to celebrate World Tourism Day by supporting local tourism organizations and ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Announces United States Joining the Pacific Power Association

SUVA – The United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Joseph Cella announced that the United States officially joined the Pacific Power Association (PPA) as an Affiliate Member. The United States is proud to join the PPA as we have a shared goal to increase energy capacity in the region, including electrification ... Read More»

U.S. Government Training in Fiji Boosts Women’s Capacity in Project Management

SUVA – Today, U.S. Ambassador for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, Joseph Cella, launched a Project Management course specifically for Fijian women to equip them with the skills to better manage projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters in the country. Ambassador Cella said, “This project management course is designed ... Read More»

USAID Boosts Technical Capacity of Frontline Workers in Fiji

SUVA – U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu Joseph Cella visited the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital today to meet with the participants of a training organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) an implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) to help Fijian medical technicians and doctors operate the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts “Stars and Stripes Forever” Independence Day Event

SUVA – U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella last night welcomed hundreds of guests to the U.S. Embassy to celebrate the 244th Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence. Originally scheduled proximate to July 4th, the event was delayed due to uncertainties and restrictions as a result of the plague. The event entitled “The Stars and ... Read More»

U.S. Government Boosts Capacity of Partners to Better Manage Infrastructure in Fiji

SUVA – Today, the United States Ambassador Joseph Cella presented certificates at a completion event for participants of an Asset Management training in Fiji. The training consisted of four courses designed to provide a solid foundation in asset management and the skills required to ensure its application to community, public and private sector assets. The ... Read More»

United States Ambassador Commemorates 75 Years of Peace in the Pacific

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020 the U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted an event to commemorate the end of the Second World War, and to celebrate 75 years of Peace in the Pacific.  The “Peace in the Pacific” reception at the Chief of Mission Residence included top Fijian government officials, colleagues in the diplomatic corps, and ... Read More»

United States Hosts Indo-Pacific Military Leaders to Address Regional Security Challenges via Virtual Conference

SUVA – Senior military leaders from 29 countries virtually joined the annual Indo-Pacific Chiefs of Defense (CHOD) conference August 24-25. The conference, co-hosted by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, provided a forum for military leaders from throughout the region to address the mutual security challenges of today and tomorrow. U.S. ... Read More»

United States Ambassador Convenes Forum on Enhancing Kidney Health in the Pacific

Suva, August 26, 2020 Today, the U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted Pacific health officials and clinicians for a dialogue on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney disease.  The conversation generated ideas and inspiration for new ways that the United States, Fiji, and other Pacific island countries can work together to overcome health challenges. Ambassador ... Read More»

United States of America’s Partnership with the World Food Program Brings Critical COVID-19 Supplies for the Pacific Islands Region

U.S. Embassy, Suva Deputy Chief of Mission Antone Greubel travelled to Nadi International Airport on Monday, August 24 to meet a U.S. government-supported flight carrying critical supplies to help Pacific Island countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The flight also carries ten brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators donated by the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for ... Read More»

USAID Provides Ventilators to Fiji, Kiribati, and Nauru to Respond to COVID-19

SUVA – The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Fiji, Kiribati, and Nauru to assist their fight against COVID-19. U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Nauru and Kiribati Joseph Cella said, “The United States of America continues to lead the global response to this financially devastating ... Read More»

Beneficiaries Announced for the U.S. Embassy Economic Resilience Grants

Suva – United States Ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella announced a total of US$155,000 (FJ$330,000) in funding for five beneficiaries of the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Resilience Grants. The goal of these grants is to bolster local organizations and associations that are finding creative solutions to the economic adversities caused by the pandemic, with a focus ... Read More»

Call for U.S. Embassy Youth Council Application!

The U.S. Embassy recognizes the importance of youth participation in building a prosperous and sustainable future.  We are introducing our new initiative to create a Youth Council to partner with our ‘Youth in Action.’ Interested? Complete the application form and send it to PDSuva@state.gov Can’t wait to hear from you.   Applications Due September 18, 2020 Click ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth in Action Fair

SUVA – Today the U.S. Embassy welcomed youth, teachers, Fiji government representatives, NGO staff and community leaders to celebrate International Youth Day with a small fair showcasing programs, resources, and opportunities targeting youth as well as food music and sports. United States Ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella remarked about the day, “The theme of this year’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Signs Defense Cooperation Agreement with Fiji

Ambassador Joseph Cella and Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yogesh Karan signed the Defense Cooperation Agreement which allows the United States to provide defense and security funding and training opportunities for our Fijian counterparts.  The agreement will be utilized immediately with a US$1.75 million package of training and equipment supporting Fiji’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Welcomes Women Entrepreneurs at Fiji Forward Event

SUVA – United States Ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella continued the momentum of the Fiji Forward series of workshops and seminars this morning with a dialogue focused on women entrepreneurs. This was the third Fiji Forward event since the launch in May. Ambassador Cella welcomed 50 emerging and established Fijian businesswomen along with industry stakeholders ... Read More»

Fiji Travel alert: Air New Zealand flights from Nadi to Auckland, connecting to Los Angeles

Event: The Fiji Ministry of Health has announced that there are cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. All current cases are travelers who recently arrived in Fiji and had been in isolation since arrival. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have implemented a ... Read More»

USAID Partnering with CRS, CARE and WFP on COVID-19 Prevention Programs

To date the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided a total of $24.2 million to support efforts to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in Pacific island nations.  This funding includes support for humanitarian partners, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and UN World Food Program (WFP), to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Health Care on Air for Pacific Islands COVID-19 Response

Suva, Fiji – Today, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella joined Government of Fiji officials and donor partners to launch “Health Care on Air,” a radio program that will boost the capacity of health workers to protect themselves and deliver quality health services to communities during COVID-19. Ambassador Cella stated, “This great radio program highlights the strong ... Read More»

Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  For the first time in human history, a nation was brought into being recognizing, as our Declaration of Independence affirms, that all persons “are endowed ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches English Language Program for Local Youth

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella officially launched the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) on Thursday, July 2, 2020.  VisionFiji, a local NGO focused on children’s welfare, received a grant of FJ$70,328 (US$32,409) to manage the two-year program for 24 teenagers residing in the settlement of Wakanisila, on the outskirts of Suva.  This is the first Access ... Read More»

Heads of Mission visit Western Division for Talanoa sessions

Heads of Mission from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States left Suva this week to explore the Western Division and hold ‘Friends Talanoa’ sessions with Fijians from all walks of life. During the two-day trip, the Japanese and United States Ambassadors and the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners visited faith-based groups, civil ... Read More»

Ambassador Cella Hosts Fiji Forward Roundtable on Imports and Exports

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella’s series of Fiji Forward roundtables and workshops continued June 23 with a special session on importing and exporting. “The COVID-19 crisis created opportunities for creatively re-thinking bilateral trade between Fiji and the United States,” Ambassador Cella said. “There’s a hunger in the United States for Fijian-made and grown products and likewise ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Local Women Entrepreneurs with Academy (WEBC)

The U.S. Embassy signed a grant with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) to run the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) for 60 to 90 Fijian women business owners.  The US$17,360 AWE grant will allow for trained facilitators from WEBC and the Makoi Women’s Vocational Center to guide women business owners through a training program.  ... Read More»

245th Birthday of the United States Army: Presidential Message

On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Continental Army to fight for our Nation’s independence. In the 245 years since, the United States Army has helped defend our freedom all over the world and has made countless contributions to our Nation’s security and the American way of life. Today, we recognize ... Read More»

Fiji Health Alert: Air New Zealand announces limited Nadi-Auckland flights in July

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has announced that there are no longer confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have implemented a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Restrictions on interisland travel by air ... Read More»

Fiji Health Alert: Shark sighting near Pacific Harbor

Event:  Fiji Police have warned of a shark sighting in waters near Pacific Harbor. Police have advised against swimming at nearby beaches. Actions to Take: Avoid swimming at beaches at and near Pacific Harbor Monitor local media and follow directions of local officials Assistance: U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji 158 Princes Road, Suva, Fiji +679 331 ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks on the Release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 10, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s great to be with you all today.  I’m here one more time, proudly, to talk about freedom and free societies.  And while America is not a perfect nation by any means, we always strive towards that more ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated by recent announcements of new foreign assistance that are made possible through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action. The American people have given more than $11 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Historic NASA and SpaceX #LaunchAmerica Watch Party for Local Students

Suva – On Sunday, May 31, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted primary, high school and university students at the U.S. Embassy to watch the historic launch of the NASA and SpaceX Demo Mission 2 to the International Space Station (ISS).  This launch (#LaunchAmerica) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is ... Read More»

US Government Launches New Disaster Risk Reduction Project in Tonga

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $1.1 million to boost the capacity of Tongan communities to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, particularly for the most vulnerable members of the community. Implemented by Act for Peace, USAID’s new two-year disaster risk reduction project ... Read More»

Embassy Suva Commemorates Memorial Day

On May 26th, Ambassador Joseph Cella commemorated Memorial Day with a short ceremony at the United States Embassy in Suva.  In addition to Embassy personnel, attendees included senior officers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), members of the diplomatic corps, and military representatives of Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and New Zealand.  Memorial Day is ... Read More»

Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2020

Since the first shots fired in the Revolutionary War, Americans have answered the call to duty and given their lives in service to our Nation and its sacred founding ideals.  As we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of these patriots on Memorial Day, we also remember that they sacrificed to create a better, more ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Offers Grant Opportunity to Promote Grassroots Economic Recovery

SUVA –The United States Embassy in Suva, Fiji is requesting grant proposals between US $25,000-$40,000 to support economic resilience in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu at the grassroots level during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This initiative is part of a host of activities by the U.S. Embassy in Suva and the Department of State in Washington, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides Additional US$9.9 Million to Support COVID-19 Efforts in the Pacific Islands Region

Suva, Fiji – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional US$9.9 million to help Pacific island countries respond to COVID-19, bringing the total USAID assistance for the region to nearly US$12.2 million. USAID has also provided Papua New Guinea with US$3.5 million for COVID-19 response, while ... Read More»

Fiji Health Alert

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have implemented a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Restrictions on interisland travel by air and sea have been lifted. Travelers ... Read More»

U.S. Launches Fiji Forward Roundtable Discussions on the Economy

On May 19, U.S. Ambassador Joseph J. Cella announced the official launch of the United States, Allies, and Partners Fiji Forward – Business and Economic Development Roundtables.  Ambassador Cella said, “Today’s very successful inaugural roundtable sets the stage for future gatherings and side bars in the near future.  This event, and those to come, advance ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have implemented a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Restrictions on interisland travel by air and sea have been lifted. Travelers ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Journalism through Free AP Content for Pacific News Outlets

The United States Embassy Suva through the Department of State is supporting Pacific journalism and promoting access to information by providing free Associated Press (AP) Asia and AP Top News content to news outlets in 13 Pacific island nations or territories.  This service, which started last year, has been renewed for the next two years through a US$150,000 ... Read More»

Ramadan Kareem From Ambassador Cella

I would like to wish all those honoring the Holy Month of Ramadan in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu a hearty ‘Ramadan Kareem.’  This is a month introspection to focus on sharing, charity work, worship and reading holy texts. I know this month of fasting is normally filled with happy gatherings with friends and ... Read More»

U.S. Provides TC Harold Humanitarian Assistance

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing US$400,000 in immediate assistance to support the response to Tropical Cyclone Harold, which unleashed severe destruction during its week-long path across the southern Pacific Islands. With this funding, USAID is working with partners on the ground in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, ... Read More»

Health Alert for Tonga

Event:  There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Tonga. The government of Tonga has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the  Tonga Ministry of Health for additional information on ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. Authorities lifted the quarantine around the Greater Suva area this morning. Travelers ... Read More»

Regional Environment Office Grant Announcement

This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity The Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Grants for Pacific Island States Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:19.017 Application Deadline: May 22, 2020A. PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Pacific Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Office (REO) based at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, announces ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. A quarantine has been implemented around the Greater Suva area. Travelers should ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. A quarantine has been implemented around the Greater Suva area. Travelers should ... Read More»

United States Provides Assistance to the Pacific to Respond to COVID-19

The U.S. Embassy Suva announced the U.S. government’s $2.3 million commitment to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pacific Islands region. The United States Government, through USAID, is coordinating with the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries, namely Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tonga, ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji – Travel Update

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (April 7, 2020)    Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji.   The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. A quarantine has ... Read More»

Weather Alert for Fiji

Weather Alert: Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold approaching Fiji Event: The Fiji Meteorological Service advises of the approach of Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, which will approach Fiji later this week. The storm will bring heavy rain and strong winds to affected areas. Actions to take: Monitor local media and weather forecasts. Be aware that forecast storm ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. Two additional confirmed cases were announced today. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.. A quarantine has been announced ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Event: The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed five cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Fiji authorities have announced a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting tonight, Monday, March 30. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions ... Read More»

Health Alert for Tonga

Event: There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Tonga. The government of Tonga has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Tonga Ministry of Health for additional information on these ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (March 26, 2020) Location:  Fiji Event:  The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed five cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect ... Read More»

Health Alert for Tonga

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (March 25, 2020) Location:  Tonga Event: Travel Disruption There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Tonga. The government of Tonga has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little ... Read More»

Health Alert for French Polynesia

Event:  French Polynesia’s Direction de la Sante has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in French Polynesia. The Government of French Polynesia has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering ... Read More»

Health Alert for Fiji

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (March 19, 2020) Location:  Fiji Event: The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. The Government of Fiji has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little ... Read More»

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this ... Read More»

What You Can Do Now To Decrease the Spread of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 virus advancing, please review and follow these guidelines, and encourage family, friends, colleagues and associates to do the same, to keep your home and family; schools, teachers and students; workplace and employees; commercial establishments and customers safe.  We will provide rolling updates as the situation warrants. Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards Ceremony

AMBASSADOR CURRIE: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Department of State. Excellencies, distinguished guests and colleagues, my name is Kelley Currie. I am proud to be the ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues here at the department. It’s my honor to welcome you here this morning in advance of International Women’s Day, which we mark every ... Read More»

U.S. Government Promotes Capacity Building in Disaster Resilience for Small and Medium Businesses in Fiji

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and Fiji Commerce and Employer’s Federation, concluded a week-long training-of-trainer program, last week that will help businesses in Fiji prepare for and recover from natural disasters.  The training is part of USAID’s Ready project, ... Read More»

2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 12 extraordinary women from around the world.  The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver remarks to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of these women. ... Read More»

Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2020

Women have influenced and advanced every facet of American life and culture.  The strength, ingenuity, and spirit of our female leaders, innovators, and pioneers shape our Nation’s character, government, industry, families, and communities.  During Women’s History Month, we honor the women who have changed our Nation and the world, and we reaffirm our commitment to ... Read More»

USAID Seeking Information on Two Projects

USAID’s Mission to the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia is seeking information, feedback and recommendations from interested parties (i.e. U.S. or non-U.S. organizations, nongovernmental organizations, universities, consortium, for-profit organizations) on two upcoming programs. One is a multi-sectoral, grant-making facility to build self-reliant Pacific island partners by establishing the Pacific-American Partnership Fund, a grant-making facility that ... Read More»

Consular Officer Travel to New Caledonia

A Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Suva will be in Noumea, New Caledonia on February 25, 2020 to take applications for reports of birth, passports, and to notarize documents that will be used in the United States. Please note that the Consular Officer will not accept petitions for immigrant visas nor will the ... Read More»

Apply for SPACE CAMP

Suit up for a mission to the International Space Station or train for a landing on the moon this August! Space Camp is the ultimate educational experience that illuminates real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  You can work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking ... Read More»

Statement of USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II

Funafuti, Tuvalu: As a Pacific nation ourselves, the American people value their close friendship with the people of the Pacific islands, including Tuvalu.  The United States considers our Pacific neighbors to be important partners in fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and we greatly value our historical ties, strong economic links, and mutual cooperation ... Read More»

USAID Director Lawrence Hardy Remarks from Press Conference

Lawrence Hardy II, USAID Mission Director for Philippines, Pacific Islands and Mongolia, February 3, 2020 I am very pleased to be here today on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development, more commonly known as USAID. USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency for international development and disaster assistance.  I am very thankful ... Read More»

Visa Restrictions for Novel Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China ... Read More»

Consular Officer Travel to New Caledonia

End of February 2020 A Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Suva will be in Noumea, New Caledonia at the end of February 2020 to take applications for reports of birth, passports, and to notarize documents that will be used in the United States. Please note that the Consular Officer will not accept petitions ... Read More»

Weather Alert – Tropical Disturbance approaching Fiji – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

Weather Alert – Tropical Disturbance approaching Fiji – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (January 14, 2020) Location: Fiji Event: The Fiji Meteorological Service has advised that a tropical disturbance is approaching Fiji. The storm, which is expected to strengthen to become a tropical cyclone later this week, will bring strong winds and heavy rain to affected ... Read More»

Heightened Middle East Tensions

There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad.   The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists Review your ... Read More»

Fijian Navy Midshipmen to Receive Training in the United States

Midshipmen Osea Melibua and Adrian Siu Narayan have been selected to attend a prestigious preparatory school to prepare them for attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland later in 2020.  The two midshipmen will be attending the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), a public military junior college located in Roswell, New Mexico. Founded in ... Read More»

Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020

Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society.  It is an affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world, including communities across our Nation.  Each day, in cities, suburbs, rural areas, and tribal lands, people of every age, gender, race, religion, and nationality are devastated by this grave ... Read More»

New U.S. Ambassador Joseph J. Cella

Ambassador Joseph James Cella was sworn-in as Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu on November 25, 2019.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in public service, the private sector, and nonprofit work.  He has advised Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, served on the boards of several non-profit ... Read More»

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

On December 16, 1944, Nazi forces launched their last major offensive campaign on the Western Front of World War II, deep in the Ardennes Forest.  In what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge, the United States and Allied Forces unleashed one of the most consequential—and tenacious—operations in modern military history.  Today, we ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2019

Nearly two and a half centuries ago, American colonists broke free of a tyrannical monarchy and rose from the shadow of oppression, creating a new Republic predicated on liberty and the rule of law.  Innate to the identity of this new Nation was a revolutionary commitment to the preservation of individual rights.  The Framers drafted ... Read More»

Release of the United States’ Report on the Implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy

DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) On the occasion of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Department of State is pleased to release a progress report on the implementation of the U.S. whole-of-government strategy for the Indo-Pacific region. “A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision” details two years of diplomatic, ... Read More»

Applications For The Microsoft-Gist Initiative 2020 Imagine Cup Global Tech Pitch Competition Open Now

The Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, managed by the OES Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, is excited to partner with Microsoft to offer posts a unique opportunity to engage young local science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs through the Microsoft-GIST Imagine Cup Competition.  Under this joint initiative, students globally can ... Read More»

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls around the world to live free from violence.  The United States recognizes the ... Read More»

2019 Open Doors Report

The International Education Week (IEW) 2019 was an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad ... Read More»

International Education Week – Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure

Now that you have your student visa, you need to start planning for your arrival in the United States. Booking your travel from your home town to your university is just one part of that process. Here are a few things to consider: Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation. EducationUSA advising centers organize live or virtual pre-departure ... Read More»

International Education Week – Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa

International Education Week – Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa Congratulations! Now that you have been admitted to a U.S. university you will need to apply for a student visa. You can watch this video to learn more about applying for your student visa: Once you are ready to apply for your visa, visit:  ustraveldocs.com/fj/ ... Read More»

International Education Week – Step 2: Step 2 – Finance your studies

If you want to study in the U.S., it is important to think about how you will finance your studies. This often goes hand-in-hand with Step 1: Research Your Options. At the same time you are researching universities for best overall fit, you should also be considering potential funding and scholarship opportunities. University is a ... Read More»

International Education Week – Step 1: Research your Options

The United States is home to more than 4,000 universities. With so many options to choose from, deciding where to start can be overwhelming. The first step is to research your opportunities and learn more about the U.S. higher education system. It is important to find a school that fits your needs, priorities, and long-term ... Read More»

Counter-terrorism Coordinator Ambassador Nathan Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2018

SPECIAL BRIEFING NATHAN A. SALES, ACTING UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC NOVEMBER 1, 2019 MS ORTAGUS:  Happy Friday.  Good afternoon.  Okay.  The State Department is releasing its  Annual Country Reports on Terrorism , which describes the global counterterrorism landscape in 2017 and fulfills a congressional mandate.  The report allows us to highlight significant terrorist trends and to take stock of how effective U.S. and international ... Read More»

2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases High-Standard U.S. Investment

Over 1,000 business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region gathered on November 4 in Bangkok for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. The nearly 200 U.S. business executives in attendance represented some of the world’s most innovative, influential, and trustworthy companies—with a collective annual revenue of over $2.8 trillion. ... Read More»

U.S., Kiribati conducts joint training at sea in Pacific on USCGC Stratton’s return to U.S.

The crews of the USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752) and the RKS Teanoai (301) conducted a passenger and training exchange in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 7. “The U.S. and its allies are trusted partners in the region, and we were pleased to work with them building familiarity and experience,” said Capt. Bob Little, commanding officer of ... Read More»

Indo-Pacific Transparency Initiative

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 3, 2019 The Indo Pacific Transparency Initiative was announced by Vice President Pence in November 2018 at the APEC CEO Summit in Papua New Guinea.  The Transparency Initiative encompasses more than $600 million in programs that have been funded since the beginning of the Trump Administration.  These programs promote civil society, rule ... Read More»

The United States and ASEAN: Expanding the Enduring Partnership

U.S. engagement with the ten member states of ASEAN has never been stronger.  The United States welcomed ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Outlook, and its close complementarity with America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as the regional approaches of our allies and partners.  The United States aims to uphold sovereignty, transparency, good governance, ASEAN centrality, and a rules-based order, ... Read More»

A Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Advancing a Shared Vision

On the occasion of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum and the East Asia Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the U.S. Department of State released a progress report on the implementation of whole-of-government strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.  “ A Free and Open Indo-Pacific:  Advancing a Shared Vision ” details two years of diplomatic, economic, governance, and security initiatives that show the United States’ continuing commitment ... Read More»

50 International Women Leaders in STEM Begin Exchange Program Based on Film Hidden Figures

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 28, 2019 This week, 50 international women leaders in science and technology arrived in the United States for the third-annual Hidden No More  International Visitor Leadership Program .  Inspired by  screenings  of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at more than 120 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, this exchange program began in 2017 to highlight and develop the important contributions of ... Read More»

The China Challenge

Speech MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE New York City, New York Hudson Institute’s Herman Kahn Award Gala October 30, 2019 MR MURDOCH: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here with you tonight to honor a man of many, many achievements and titles: Captain Pompeo, Editor Pompeo, Chief Executive Pompeo, Representative Pompeo, Director Pompeo, Secretary Pompeo, Senator Pompeo. (Laughter and applause.) ... Read More»

New $14 million U.S.-SPC Partnership to Boost Growth and Stability in the Pacific Islands Region

Suva – The U.S. Embassy today announced a new partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).  The new partnership signals the U.S. government’s continued commitment to bolster the capacity of Pacific Islands countries to lead their countries to stable, prosperous futures. “The United States ... Read More»

Remarks by Director Brent Christensen at The Forum on International High-Tech Education Exchange

Remarks by Director Brent Christensen at The Forum on International High-Tech Education Exchange Oct. 8, 2019 Deputy Minister Liu, Director General Chiu, Chancellor Block, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, wu an! It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to this important event, which touches upon the very foundations of the U.S-Taiwan relationship – ... Read More»

Remarks by Sandra Oudkirk Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands U.S.-Taiwan Pacific Islands Dialogue

Remarks by Sandra Oudkirk Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands U.S.-Taiwan Pacific Islands Dialogue October 7, 2019  Thank you very much.  Foreign Minister Wu, Director Christensen, and esteemed ambassadors and representatives:  It is my pleasure to be here today.  I’m thrilled that on my first trip here as ... Read More»

AIT Co-Hosts Pacific Islands Dialogue

On October 7, 2019, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the inaugural Pacific Islands Dialogue. This important new forum will serve as a mechanism for the United States, Taiwan, and our likeminded partners in the Pacific to explore ways to increase our cooperation to meet the ... Read More»

U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON On September 27, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $65 million in new assistance at a meeting with Pacific Island leaders in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly.  This new assistance is in addition to $36.5 million announced at the  50th Pacific Islands Forum  in August, as well as approximately $350 million that ... Read More»

49ers Bringing Award-Winning Steam Education Program To Fiji

U.S. State Department enlists 49ers EDU director Jesse Lovejoy as a Sports Envoy to develop and deliver innovative STEAM education lessons with Fijian teachers and youth SANTA CLARA, Calif., –The Sports Diplomacy Division of the United States Department of State has called on the San Francisco 49ers Foundation’s 49ers EDU program and its  director Jesse ... Read More»

On the Passing of Tongan Prime Minister Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the people of Tonga on the passing of Prime Minister Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva on September 12. Prime Minister Pōhiva was a respected leader in the Pacific long before he was elected to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches Project Management Training in Suva, Fiji

Suva – Today, U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires (CDA) Michael Goldman launched a Project Management course for Fijian leaders as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to boost the resilience of Fiji against extreme weather events and natural disasters. The course is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) partnership with the University ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Head Visits Peace Corps Trainees

Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) for the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Michael Goldman, visited the 32 Peace Corps Trainees who arrived in Tonga two weeks ago.  He visited community-based training site for group 84 in Malapo.  Currently in the second week of their nine week pre-service training, CDA Goldman welcomed the 84th group of Peace Corps Trainees ... Read More»

Pacific Islands Forum – U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 17, 2019 The United States has long been committed to Pacific friends and neighbors in promoting a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.  The United States is committed to the Pacific Islands’ future security and prosperity. On the occasion of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, the United States is increasing contributions to the ... Read More»

United States Cyber Experts Join Conference in Nadi with Pacific Islands Officials

Senior telecommunications and cyber policy makers from six countries across the Pacific attended a two-day conference in Nadi to discuss best practices in establishing long-term national cyber strategies and implementing cybersecurity best practices.  The conference, held August 19-20 at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, was sponsored under the United States’ Digital Connectivity and Cyber Partnership (Digital ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sponsors Regional Multimedia Journalism Workshop

SUVA – The United States Embassy in Suva organized a four-day regional workshop focused on ‘New Media and Multimedia Reporting’ from August 13-16.  The Embassy brought U.S. expert Dr. Debora Wenger who ran the workshop that included about thirty journalists, editors and media administrators from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu.  Dr. Wenger has extensive experience ... Read More»

Culmination of Pacific Pathways Training Displayed at Cadet Graduation at Napuka Secondary School

On the southern peninsula of Vanua Levu, U.S. and Fijian Soldiers performed a military tactics display during a cadet graduation at the Napuka Secondary School, Aug. 7, 2019.  The display showcased a culmination of training both armies have engaged in over a two-week period during Pacific Pathways’ Exercise Cartwheel 2019.  Three platoons from 1st Battalion, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches Project Preparation Training in Fiji

Suva – Today the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Fiji, Mr. Ron Perkel, launched the Project Preparation training conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Fiji. This Project Preparation training is designed to further develop the skills of government and non-government stakeholders from Fiji in prioritizing areas that align with ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches Project Preparation Training in Kiribati

Tarawa – As part of its commitment to strengthen the resilience of Kiribati communities against the effects of extreme weather events and natural disasters, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched its Project Preparation Training together with partners from the Government of Kiribati this week. The training, which ... Read More»

U.S. Army Infantry Regiment Teams Up with 3rd Fijian Infantry Regiment for Bilateral Military Training

LABASA, Fiji – Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Inf. Combat Brigade, 25th Inf. Division from, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, arrived at Nadi International Airport July 27, 2019 to partner with the 3rd Fijian Infantry Regiment (RFMF) for a series of bilateral military-to-military exercises, collectively named Exercise Cartwheel 2019. The U.S. Army Pacific Command ... Read More»

Kiribati National Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 10, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of the Republic of Kiribati as you celebrate the 40th year of your nation’s independence this July 12. The deep ties our two nations forged during the ... Read More»

CDA Goldman’s Remarks at 2019 U.S. Independence Day Celebration

Ni Sabula Vinaka, Namaste, and a very good evening. Thank you for joining us this evening to celebrate the United States’ 243rd Independence Day! I’d like to acknowledge warmly our Chief Guest, the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defense, and National Security Inia Seruiratu. I’d also like to welcome the Honorable Acting Chief Justice Kamal ... Read More»

U.S. Government-Supported Training to Boost Tonga’s Resilience Against Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Nukualofa, Tonga – Today the United States government launched a training program that will strengthen the skills of local government and NGO managers to better monitor and evaluate activities associated with the second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Management (JNAP2). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Ready ... Read More»

Remarks: U.S. Independence Day Celebration in Tonga

Remarks by Helene Tuling Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Suva  Deputy Prime Minister, Honorable Speaker of the House, Nobles of the Realm, Ministers of the Crow, High Commissioners, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome and thank you for joining us this evening. While our most visible representation here ... Read More»

IVLP Participant Cooperates to Create a Safer and More Secure World

Sainimere Boladuadua, Project Lead for the Rheumatic Heart Disease Prevention and Control Program with the Fiji Ministry of Health, gained confidence and new insights on effective ways to address public health issues during an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to the United States focused on ‘Global Health Security.’ Upon her return to Fiji, she has ... Read More»

Two Fijians Attend the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) Fellowship

Source: The University of the South Pacific Wansolwara Staff  Two USP staff are among a group of international recipients of the prestigious Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) fellowship this year. USP Journalism Program coordinator Dr. Shailendra Singh and USP counsellor Mr. Saimone Tuni will participate in separate six-week fellowships in the United ... Read More»

Joint Statement from the President of the United States and the Presidents of the Freely Associated States

The United States of America, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia, as Pacific nations, jointly reaffirm our interest in a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. We recognize our unique, historic, and special relationships, and reaffirm our countries’ commitments to the Compacts of Free Association, ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2019

The contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are firmly woven into the diverse fabric of our Nation. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage that have enriched our great country and helped define our history. These Americans bolster ... Read More»

Stockdale Arrives in Suva, Fiji

By Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs SUVA, Fiji – The guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) arrived in Suva Fiji, April 30, for a scheduled port visit. The visit provides Sailors the opportunity to explore Fiji and deepen relationships with its people. “Stockdale is looking forward to visiting Fiji and exploring this beautiful island,” ... Read More»

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Personnel Share Insights on Modern Cyber Threats

SUVA – The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent personnel to Fiji during the week of April 8, 2019 to engage with Fiji regarding the FBI’s perspective on modern cyber threats. The representatives provided an overview of the current cyber threat landscape during the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association annual meeting and discussed the ... Read More»

Fortune’s Most Powerful Women To Mentor Women Leaders From Around the World

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 25, 2019 Women leaders from 15 countries arrived in the United States this week for the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership . The 19 participants will spend a month working with executives from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community to enhance their business and leadership skills. The partnership leverages the expertise ... Read More»

We’re heartbroken over the events in Christchurch – Kia kaha

U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown The horror of the senseless terrorist attacks perpetrated in Christchurch cannot be overstated. The innocent victims (may peace be upon them), who were doing nothing more than exercising their freedom to worship, will never be forgotten. The murderers who assaulted these houses of faith in Christchurch attacked all of us – ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Suva congratulates Glenis Yee

U.S. Embassy Suva congratulates Glenis Yee from Fiji, selected to be part of the Fortune – U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Yee is a Partner at Munro Leys, Suva, Fiji. She has approximately fifteen years’ experience working in Fiji’s legal sector with a focus on commercial/corporate law and capital markets. She leads ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs to Visit Fiji

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 25, 2019 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Patrick Murphy will travel to the Philippines, New Zealand, and Fiji February 26-March 7. PDAS Murphy will visit Manila, Philippines February 26-March 1 to support Secretary Pompeo’s visit and meet with Filipino counterparts ... Read More»

U.S., Canada conduct fisheries enforcement with partner nations in South Pacific

HONOLULU — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continues their patrol of the South Pacific with partners from several nations in January and into February. “The U.S. is advancing a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that excludes no nation. We are redoubling our commitment to establish alliances and partnerships ... Read More»

Statement from Secretary Pompeo to the Micronesia Presidents’ Summit

President Remengesau, President Christian, President Heine, President Waqa, President Mamau, and other honorable guests. My warm greetings from Washington. First, I would like to express my gratitude to President Remengesau for the invitation to participate in the Micronesia Presidents’ Summit. I greatly value the opportunity for the United States to participate in this important event. ... Read More»

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference

SUVA – Building on five years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders in the Pacific, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 46 leaders from 20 Pacific countries and territories chosen to attend the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference taking place in Suva, Fiji from March ... Read More»

Weather Alert – Tropical Disturbance Approaching Tonga

Weather Alert – Tropical Disturbance Approaching Tonga – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (February 7, 2019) Location: Tonga Event: The Tonga Meteorological Service advises that a tropical depression is approaching Tonga. The storm may intensify to a tropical cyclone and pass near Tonga Friday and Saturday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Actions to take: • ... Read More»

Meet Kinaai Kairo, U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program Alumna!

Kinaai Kairo is the Director of the Agriculture and Livestock Division, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development in Kiribati. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture as a U.S. South Pacific (USSP) scholarship recipient which prepared her well for her graduate studies. Following her USSP scholarship she obtained an AusAID scholarship for Master’s degree ... Read More»

Nauru National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 28, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to extend our congratulations to the people of the Republic of Nauru for the 51 years of your nation’s independence. The United States values the partnership and collaboration ... Read More»

Lionel Rogers Returns from U.S. Exchange Program

For Lionel Rogers, returning home to Fiji after a four-month exchange program in the United States has invigorated him to help address mental health challenges for Fiji’s youth. Lionel’s long history of work and deep passion to improve mental health and prevent suicide led him to apply for the Community Solutions Program (CSP), a four-month ... Read More»

Meet Gina Mahe, U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program Alumna!

Gina Mahe is an ICT Assistant Engineer at one of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Tonga after she gained her Bachelors from the University of Hawaii in IT Management. Gina manages the efficient operations and maintenance of the internet network and services including internet faults, troubleshooting as well as documenting internet network services and ... Read More»

Weather Alert – Tropical Cyclone Mona approaching Fiji – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (January 3, 2019)

Location: Fiji Islands Event: The Fiji Meteorological Service advises that Tropical Cyclone Mona is approaching Fiji and may strengthen to a category 2 cyclone by Saturday. In affected areas, forecasters predict the storm will bring heavy rain and strong, damaging winds. Actions to take: Monitor local media and weather forecasts. Be aware that the storm path ... Read More»

Weather Alert – Tropical Disturbance approaching Fiji – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (December 30, 2018)

Event: The Fiji Meterological Service advises that a tropical disturbance is approaching the Fiji Islands. The storm is expected to intensify, possibly becoming a tropical cyclone. The storm is expected to affect Fiji starting Monday evening, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Heavy rain warnings are in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller ... Read More»

Meet Alissa Dean, U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program Alumna!

Alissa Dean completed her Bachelor’s Degree in accounting in 2010 with the help of the U.S. South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship program. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance from Auckland University of Technology. She is now a Senior Examiner at the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Her former positions include Compliance Officer ... Read More»

Sara Mataitawakilai Participates in U.S. Electoral Process

As a Chief Executive Officer at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF), Sara Mataitawakilai has been a tireless advocate for human rights as well as democratic, electoral process, and constitutional reforms. As such, he was a natural candidate for an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the topic of the U.S. Electoral Process. During his three-week ... Read More»

Meet Bindiya Rashni, International Exchange Alumna from Fiji!

In 2009, Bindiya was nominated by U.S. Embassy Suva to attend the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) for Foreign Undergraduate Students Program on Environmental Movement in the United States. “SUSIs for Foreign Undergraduate Students Program was a stepping-stone for my career as an environmental scientist. It gave me the exposure to environmental problems, ... Read More»

Nevada National Guard and the Republic of Fiji set for State Partnership

SUVA, Fiji – The Nevada National Guard will team with the Republic of Fiji in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program in 2019, said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver Friday. Fiji is the second country currently teaming with the Nevada Guard under the auspice of the State ... Read More»

The United States Joins the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility

On December 11, the United States joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, the European Union, the European Investment Bank, and the World Bank Group in supporting the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), which aims to improve infrastructure and services in the Pacific Islands region. Representatives from the ... Read More»

U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program Alumni Conference in Fiji

From December 7-9, 2018 29 alumni from the U.S. South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP) attended a conference entitled ‘Connecting the Dots: Using your USSP Experience as a Path to Professional Opportunities.’ The conference held at the Outrigger Resort in Sigatoka gathered alumni from eight of the 11 countries where scholarships are awarded. The participants learned ... Read More»

Press Conference held for historic first Fijian shiprider on U.S. Coast Guard cutter

FIJI 12.06.2018 Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific SUVA, Fiji — Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Fijian navy spoke at a press conference, Friday, celebrating the first Fijian shiprider to ride on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. The visit by the U.S. Coast ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Suva Closure, December 5, 2018

The Embassy will close Wednesday, December 5, 2018, for a National Day of Mourning for the passing of President George H.W. Bush. All non-emergency consular appointments have been canceled. If you are an American citizen with an emergency that requires Embassy assistance, please call the Embassy at (679) 772-8049 and the on-call duty officer will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Suva Closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush As the United States mourns the loss of President George H. W. Bush, U.S. President Trump has taken official action to allow Federal employees to join U.S. citizens in remembering our forty-first President of the United States.  The President has issued an Executive Order to ... Read More»

Soliciting nominations for the Service Academy Foreign Student Program Class of 2023

United States Naval Academy International Students’ Entrance [Deadline: January 31, 2019] UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS ELIGIBILITY.  Under the authority of the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Navy may authorize up to 60 men and women from other nations to attend the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Announces Latest Lifesaving PEPFAR Results

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 27, 2018 Today, in advance of World AIDS Day 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the latest results achieved by American leadership and partnerships through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has now saved more than 17 million lives. As ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman Speech: Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Tarawa

Honorable President and First Lady; ministers, members of parliament , and government representatives; High Commissioners and representatives of the diplomatic corps, including my good friend Tsuguyoshi Hada from the Embassy of Japan in Suva; General Salene and Admiral Kreitz; Marines, soldiers, and sailors; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen: Mauri, and a very good morning to you ... Read More»

Remarks at the Fiji Shiprider Agreement Signing

On November 12,  Michael Goldman, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, along with Fiji’s Minister of Defence Ratu Inoke Kubuabola signed a Shiprider agreement which allows Fijian defense and law enforcement officers to embark on U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy vessels to observe, protect, board, and search vessels suspected of violating laws or ... Read More»

Peace Corps Tonga Group 83 Swearing-in Ceremony

On Tuesday, November 6, at Vakaloa Beach Resort in Kanokupolu at 10:00 AM, 25 Peace Corps Trainees from Group 83 will be inducted as Peace Corps Volunteers and begin their two years of service in Tonga. The guest of honor for the ceremony, the Honorable Minister of Education, Penisimani Fifita, will accept the Volunteers on ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Fiji’s 2018 General Election

On November 14, Fijians will go to the polls in the 2018 General Election. The United States celebrates Fiji’s successes in embracing a free, fair, and transparent electoral process. As a longstanding friend and partner, the United States encourages all Fijians to vote and participate in the democratic process—before, on, and after Election Day—to build ... Read More»

Tonga National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 1, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the Kingdom of Tonga as you celebrate your National Day on November 4. The United States is proud to call Tonga a friend and partner. The ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Conducts Regional English Language Office (RELO) Training

The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Suva is hosting Regional English Language Officer Harold Samuels in Fiji for several days. While here he conducted a workshop for English language teachers entitled, ‘Getting off to a Good Start: Ice Breaker and Warm Activities Workshop,’ which explored attention activities in classroom development and shared digital ... Read More»

Meet Samisoni Pareti, International Exchange Alumnus from Fiji

In 1990, Samisoni was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in Communications. “We did seminars in DC and the University of Kansas in addition to touring newsrooms of the VOA, Public Radio and the NBC in New York. Interactive media through radio talk shows made a huge impression in my ... Read More»

USS Shoup Departs Suva, Fiji

SUVA, Fiji – Guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed from Suva, Fiji, October 17 following a port visit that celebrated decades of Fiji-American naval partnership. “The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the Indo-Pacific region to help preserve peace and security, and further partnerships with friends and allies like Fiji,” said Cmdr. Andy Strickland, ... Read More»

USS Shoup Holds Flight Deck Reception in Suva, Fiji

SUVA, Fiji (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) hosted more than 150 military and civilian dignitaries from the United States, Fiji, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Japan during a reception on the flight deck October 15. The ship arrived to the port of Suva, Fiji October 14 to celebrate ... Read More»

USS Shoup arrives in Fiji as part of OMSI Deployment

SUVA, FIJI – Guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) will arrive in Suva on Oct. 14 as part of the ship’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment. While in Suva, USS Shoup will host a formal reception, highlighting the partnership between the U.S. Navy and country of Fiji, as well as Shoup’s OMSI mission. Shoup ... Read More»

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients of the Fall Professional Fellows Program Winners

The Professional Fellows Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the fall 2018 Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program. This year, there are three Fijian and two i-Kiribati recipients among the emerging leaders from around the world participating in this program. The selected participants from the tourism industry will go to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for ... Read More»

United States commitment to the Pacific Islands

“The Pacific Islands are an essential part of a free and open Indo-Pacific policy and the United States is committed to the security and prosperity of our friends and neighbors there,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Secretary Zinke talks about the United States commitment to the Pacific Islands in this short video here ... Read More»

Tuvalu National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC September 27, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Tuvalu on their Independence Day. The U.S.-Tuvalu bilateral relationship is strong and growing. Together, we are working on matters of regional and global importance, such as ... Read More»

PUBLIC NOTICE: CLOSURE OF U.S. CITIZEN SERVICES UNIT

Embassy Suva Consular Section including the U.S. Citizens’ Services Unit will be closed on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The consular section will resume normal operations on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 08:00am. Please call +679-331-4466 for emergency American citizen services (lost passports, accidents/emergency travel, crime victims and/or arrests, or email suvaacs@state.gov Read More»

U.S. Sponsoring Methamphetamine Drug Enforcement Training

On September 10, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman joined Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in opening a two-week training to combat methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office, trainers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will train 40 police and customs officers at the Fiji Revenue and ... Read More»

American Center Opens for Public

Suva, Fiji – The American Center Suva, administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Suva, has started accepting applications for membership, which is free. With this new no-cost membership, patrons will be able to access the American Center, located inside the U.S. Embassy Suva, without an appointment during open hours. This membership ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at 30th PIF Forum Partners Dialogue

Good morning Excellencies. I’m honored to represent the United States on behalf of President Trump, who sends his personal greetings and warm wishes, in recognition of the importance the United States places on the Pacific Islands Forum and the countries represented here. Thank you President Waqa for your warm hospitality. Thanks also to Secretary General ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation Attends the 30th Pacific Islands Forum

A high-level U.S. government delegation comprised of senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Agency for International Development will attend the 30th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Session with Forum Dialogue Partners on September 4, 2018 in Nauru. The delegation will be led by ... Read More»

Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Visit to Fiji

Admiral Phil Davidson, the 25th Commander of United States Pacific Command, will visit Suva on Thursday, August 16th, as the first stop on a tour of several Pacific nations. The Admiral will meet with senior government and military officials to discuss the important strategic partnership between Fiji and the United States and to identify new ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches the Final Two Modules of USAID-supported Project Management Practice Course in Nuku’alofa, Tonga

On Monday, July 23, at 12:00 p.m. at the USP Tonga Campus Lopaukamea II Hall, U.S. Embassy Political and Economic Chief Helene Tuling will launch the final two modules of the Project Management course conducted by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) in Tonga. The course is part of USAID’s partnership with the ... Read More»

U.S. Government Promotes Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Businesses in Fiji

Ba, Fiji – The United States Government, in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation will launch a training program that will help businesses in Ba better prepare for natural disasters. The training is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ready project, which is ... Read More»

U.S. Government Promotes Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Businesses in Fiji

Suva, Fiji – On May 9 at 8:15 at the Yaroi Village Hall, Savusavu, Fiji, the United States, in partnership with the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council and the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, will launch a training program that will help businesses in Savusavu better prepare for natural disasters. The training is part of the ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2018 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have contributed immeasurably to our Nation’s development and diversity as a people. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance. Through their industriousness and love of country, our ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman Speech: Letter of Agreement Signing on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

On behalf of the United States Government and the U.S. Embassy in Suva, let me say thank you to Commissioner Qiliho and our good friends in the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for making this occasion possible. Thank you too to our Regional Security Officer, Shawn Gray, who has proven himself to ... Read More»

Signing a Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

Suva, Fiji – On Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:30 at the Police Headquarters at Vinod Patel Building, Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman and Fiji Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho will sign a Letter of Agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of Fiji to assist the training and deployment of Fijian police peacekeepers to ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (April 9, 2018)

Location: Fiji, Tonga Event: Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Keni is forecast to pass by Fiji on Tuesday, April 10 as a Category 2 or Category 3 cyclone, causing destructive winds, waves, and flooding.  A tropical cyclone warning is in force for the western half of Viti Levu, the Yasawa and Mamanuca islands, Kadavu and smaller islands.  ... Read More»

Regional TechCamp on Blockchain Technology

Suva, Fiji – On Monday, April 9, 2018 at 14:45 at the ICT Japan Pacific Center of the University of South Pacific, the U.S. Embassy Suva will open a three-day interactive TechCamp workshop on blockchain technology. The U.S. Embassy organized TechCamp in collaboration with TraSeable Solutions, a Fijian tech start-up company, and the University of South ... Read More»

Notice Regarding Passport Execution Fees

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

Location: New Caledonia Event: Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to pass near the Isle of Pines on Thursday, February 15, as a Category 4 cyclone, causing hurricane-force winds, waves, and possibly flooding. Actions to Take: · Avoid travel to low-lying areas until the storms have dissipated and flood waters have receded. · Monitor the local ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

Location: Tonga and Fiji (Lau group) Event: Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to pass over the main islands of Tonga on Monday, February 12, and Tuesday, February 13, as a Category 4 or 5 cyclone, causing very destructive hurricane-force winds, waves, and possibly flooding. The Tongan government has declared a state of emergency and has ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji (February 11, 2018) 

Location: Tonga Event: Tropical Cyclone Gita is forecast to pass over the main islands of Tonga on Monday, February 12, and Tuesday, February 13, causing destructive winds, waves, and possibly flooding. Actions to Take: • Avoid travel to low-lying areas until the storms have dissipated and flood waters have receded. • Monitor the local news ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 4, 2018  On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use.  Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of ... Read More»

Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Large Grants Program

Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Large Grants Program (DEADLINES: Round 1: December 13, 2019; Round 2: February 9, 2020) Email application: PDSuva@state.gov  Summary: The Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is accepting project applications for the 2020 Large Grants Program of the ... Read More»

Call for Proposals – Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Small Grants Program

Call for Proposals – Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: 2020 Small Grants Program Application Deadline: December 13, 2019 Email application: PDSuva@state.gov  Summary:  The Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is accepting project applications for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  ... Read More»

Fijian delegation headed to Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

The United States of America and the Republic of India are proud to announce the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India on 28-30 November, 2017. This year’s Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. President Donald J. ... Read More»

United States Committed to Advancing Gender Equality in the Pacific Islands

U.S. Embassy Suva Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Goldman represented the United States at the 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women, where he highlighted U.S. support for gender equality in the Pacific and recognized the Pacific Community (SPC) for its ongoing gender work in the region.  The United States applauds the commitment that the ... Read More»

NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Embassy Suva’s consular district (Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna) ... Read More»

New Training Course Launched to Help Pacific Island Countries Access and Effectively Manage Funds for Increased Resilience

Suva, Fiji – The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new course titled “Understanding and Accessing Climate Finance.” This course is a joint undertaking between the University of the South Pacific and USAID’s Ready and Adapt Asia-Pacific projects. The two-week training course will help participants to access and ... Read More»

241th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States

The U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin hosted a reception to mark the 241th anniversary of the independence of the United States at her residence. In her remarks, Ambassador Cefkin emphasized the multifaceted cooperation between the United States and the South Pacific region – from environmental issues to defense, economic, educational and cultural programs. The Ambassador said ... Read More»

Deepen Trade and Defense Cooperation with the United States: FIJI-US talks in Washington

Pictured: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton and other senior U.S. Government officials in Washington, D.C. On Monday, June 12, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton and other senior U.S. Government officials in Washington, D.C. in the course of the first bilateral dialogue to take place in the ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Asbestos Warning in Downtown Suva

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Fiji that the Fiji government has issued a public advisory to avoid the area surrounding the Suva Civic Center.  This follows the discovery of asbestos material during construction work on the site of the Civic Center. For further information, please visit local ... Read More»

Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Grants for Pacific Island States

Please complete the attached grant application, answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity, Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Grants for Pacific Island States Application Deadline: July 17, 2017 A. PROJECT DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open ... Read More»

My Fulbright Experience in the U.S.

Pictured: Fulbright Alumnus, Soseala Tinilau at California State University Northridge with his Supervisor, Dr. Curtis B. Daniel. Below is a short summary of Mr. Tinilau’s experience in the United States.  “When I left my house for the airport, I was excited, and looking forward to experience a new study environment but I was also nervous. As ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Dengue Fever Cases are Increasing

U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Fiji, Kiribati, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis & Futuna are advised to take precautions against dengue fever.  An outbreak of dengue fever has been declared by the Ministry of Health in New Caledonia.  In Fiji, a total of 155 cases of dengue have been ... Read More»

USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Annual Program Statement for Fiscal Year 2017

The  USAID/ASHA Annual Program Statement (APS) for Fiscal Year 2017  is now open on  grants.gov  for applications to assist schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States serving as study and demonstration centers for U.S. ideas and practices. Questions about this APS must be submitted by email to   ASHAapplications@usaid.gov . Questions that pertain to issues that may be relevant to all applicants will be answered publicly via amendments ... Read More»

Emergency Message – New Caledonia: Dengue Epidemic.

U.S. citizens living in or traveling to New Caledonia are advised that a public health emergency has been declared in Noumea, the capital, due to a worsening outbreak of Dengue Government officials have indicated that all neighborhoods in the city have been affected, and a 25-year-old woman died last week of Dengue Type 1. Dengue ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flood and Heavy Rain Warnings

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting our consular district (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna) of a pair of weather systems that are forecast to continue affecting the whole of Fiji. Tropical Disturbance 09F situated southeast of Kadavu is forecast to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Awards New Climate Adaptation Grant for Tuvalu and Solomon Islands Communities

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new project that will help make the health systems of Pacific Island communities more adaptive to climate change. Through its Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), USAID awarded a US $250,000 grant to the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI). ... Read More»

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) Visits Suva, Fiji

The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Suva, Fiji, for a routine port visit on January 27, 2017. Ship visits provide excellent opportunities for the United States and Pacific Island nations to strengthen security cooperation and help to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for the region. While in Suva, the ... Read More»

U.S. Government Helps Reconstruct Navolau District Primary School

Suva, Fiji – U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Judith Cefkin inaugurated the newly-renovated Navolau District Primary School in Ra Province on November 29, 2016 as part of the U.S. government’s support to help Fiji recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin Celebrates Launch of New Climate Change Adaptation Project

South Tarawa, Kiribati –Working in partnership with the U.S. Government, the people of Buariki have taken great strides to reduce their climate change vulnerability through construction of a climate-resilient health clinic in their village. U.S. Ambassador to Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu Judith Cefkin led the inauguration of the health clinic on October 19th. ... Read More»

Check Out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

South Pacific Cyclone/Hurricane Season

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season, which begins November 1, 2016, and ends April 30, 2017. This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared. ... Read More»

Task Force Koa Moana Conduct Training Exercise in Fiji and Tonga

Approximately 200 Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF), U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, and U.S. Coast Guard’s 14th District enforcement staff and Maritime Safety and Security Team, Honolulu personnel will participate in Exercise Koa Moana 16-2 and 16-4 scheduled from May to December. ... Read More»

Pacific-Wide Exchange Program on NCD Prevention

As a testament to the urgent need for effectively tackling the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) crisis in the Pacific, the United States sent two high level speakers to this week’s inaugural Pacific NCD Summit in Tonga. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Thomas Novotny, who is leading the ... Read More»

Fishackathon 2016 Begins in Suva

The U.S. Department of State’s third annual Fishackathon begins today on Earth Day in 40 cities around the world, including at the University of South Pacific in Suva. Fishackathon, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, is a public- private partnership that brings together the U.S. government with the private sector and civil society to answer Secretary Kerry’s call ... Read More»

The United States Provides Additional Support to Fiji

The U.S. Embassy announces an additional $1 million USD grant to UN World Food program in support of its emergency food assistance to the victims of cyclone Winston. The funds are provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Previously, the United States provided $500,000 USD to ... Read More»

Travel Notice for New Caledonia Regarding the Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Suva informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for New Caledonia  regarding the Zika virus .  There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barre syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender.  Zika ... Read More»

The United States Provides Additional Support to Relief Efforts in Fiji

The U.S. Embassy announces that the United States will provide additional assistance toward the relief efforts following devastating Cyclone Winston. The United States will provide 500,000 USD to sustain displaced families with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, as well as another 200,000 USD to support humanitarian coordination. These efforts add to the 100,000 USD provided ... Read More»

High-Level U.S. Government Delegation ‘Pivots’ to the Pacific for Site Visit to Climate Change Adaptation Project in Popua, Tonga

Popua, Tonga – The United States Government has made the Pacific region a strategic focus by expanding climate change related assistance to the region. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel traveled February 22-24 to the Kingdom of Tonga where he witnessed one of the fruits of the renewed focus on ... Read More»

Security Message – Fiji

The U.S. Embassy would like to make you aware that there is a recent significant increase in the number of reported credit card fraud incidents in Fiji.  The U.S. Embassy recorded dozens of incidents over the past few months compared to just two incidents over the prior two years. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that some ... Read More»

Ambassador Cefkin Commends U.S. Companies for their Continuing Support for Programs that Strengthen Health and Care Services for Children

On October 2, Sustainable Mahogany Industries Limited and Pacific Western Timbers (Fiji) Limited, both U.S. owned companies donated a total of FJ$50,000 to the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center (FWCC) and FJ$50,000 to the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital Children’s Ward. The funds for the Fiji Women’s Crisis Center will go towards strengthening its program for ... Read More»

US Ambassador Breaks Ground on Climate Change Adaptation Project in Fiji

October 1, 2015 US Ambassador Judith Cefkin visited the Village of Daku, Tai Levu, Fiji to inaugurate a rehabilitated floodgate system—a project that will offer the community immediate relief against flood waters that inundate the village thus mitigating the threat to property and livelihoods from the adverse effects brought about by climate change. The project ... Read More»

Passport and Visa System Errors

June 16, 2015 The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system that performs national security checks. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. Security measures prevent consular officers from printing a visa until the case completes the required national security checks. Currently, ... Read More»

Peace Corps Director to Visit Fiji

June 15, 2015 Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be visiting Fiji from June 15-June 22. While in Fiji, Director Hessler-Radelet will be meeting with Government of Fiji officials and visiting Peace Corps projects around the country to witness how the Peace Corps program strengthens the ties between the United States and Fiji. Upon her ... Read More»

US Ambassador Inaugurates Climate Change Adaptation Project in Fiji

May 22, 2015 U.S. Ambassador Judith Cefkin visited the Village of Buretu in Rewa, Viti Levu, Fiji to inaugurate a riverbank stabilization project on the Navolau River. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development through its Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP), the project will offer the community immediate relief against the adverse effects brought ... Read More»
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