More information about Barbados is available on the Barbados Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States and Barbados have had friendly bilateral relations since Barbados’ independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The United States has supported the government’s efforts to expand the country’s economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens. Barbados and U.S. authorities cooperate closely in the fight against narcotics trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. The two countries have signed a mutual legal assistance treaty, an extradition treaty covering all common offenses including conspiracy and organized crime, and a maritime law enforcement agreement.
U.S. Assistance to Barbados
The United States of America works with Barbados to increase security, prosperity, and democracy in the Caribbean. Barbados benefits from large regional programs like the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and smaller community-led grants. The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is the headquarters of the USAID regional office for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. National initiatives focus on promoting public health, mitigating risks from climate change, and reducing youth involvement in crime and violence.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Barbados has an open economy with a marked dependence on imports, 40 percent of which comes from the United States. Barbados is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative, which aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies by providing countries with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.
Barbados’s Membership in International Organizations
Barbados and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations including the United Nations, Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Barbados maintains an embassy in the United States at 2144 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-939-9200).
More information about Barbados is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: