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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Applications Now Open for Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2019

The United States Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is now accepting applications from emerging leaders across the Pacific to attend the Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) conference in Fiji in March. The sixth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Suva, Fiji will provide Pacific leaders, ages 25-35, with new skills and knowledge to advance ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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). ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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