The U.S. Embassy in Suva – which is accredited to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu – is ideally located to advance U.S. interests in the Pacific region.
The Pacific islands, and Fiji in particular, offer real potential for U.S. trade and investment, especially in tourism and the sale of consumer goods. One of Embassy Suva’s top priorities is U.S. business promotion. We have a very active Commercial Section, which aggressively seeks to create trade links between U.S. and local companies in the region. This website is especially designed to further those links.
The Embassy’s Consular Section offers a full range of American citizen and visa services for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, and the French territories in the South Pacific: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna. Providing those services in an efficient, courteous, and timely manner is a high mission priority.
The Embassy’s Regional Environmental Office tracks environmental developments in 16 Pacific island countries and territories, and works with Pacific governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors to strengthen and expand U.S. engagement with Pacific island countries in efforts that respond to the major environmental challenges facing the region.
The Pacific REO’s particular focal areas are;
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Biodiversity Protection
- Oceanic Fisheries Management
Apart from the environment, the REO also helps support U.S. activities in science, technology and health in the region.
United States Defense Attaché/Security Assistance Office Suva coordinates Suva’s Mission Performance Plan with the Pacific Command’s Theater Engagement Plan for the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, Tuvalu and the Kingdom of Tonga. Engagement activities with Fiji were suspended in mid-2000 due to the undemocratic change of government. Activities with the Kingdom of Tonga consist primarily of ship visits, and medical, dental and engineering humanitarian assistance programs as well as military exercises with the Kingdom’s defense forces. The office also administers Security Assistance programs to the Kingdom of Tonga, which provide funding for professional military development of selected officers and non-commissioned officers and attendance at USG hosted seminars and conferences.
The overarching intent of the defense programs is to enhance both the interoperability and capability of regional military forces with an emphasis on peacekeeping and maritime operations.
The Defense Attaché is also designated as the Commander in Chief Pacific’s, Representative to New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. In this capacity the office coordinates ship and aircraft visits to these territories.