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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Restrictions on interisland travel by air …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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, …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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/

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.) …

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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 – …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 – …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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).  …

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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. …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 – …

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