U.S. Relations With Dominica

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
November 10, 2015

More information about Dominica is available on the Dominica Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States established diplomatic relations with Dominica in 1979 following its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and Dominica have a cooperative relationship. The United States supports the Dominican Government's efforts to expand its economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens.

The two countries work together in the battle against illegal drugs. Dominica cooperates with U.S. agencies and participates in counternarcotics programs in an effort to curb narco-trafficking and marijuana cultivation. The two governments have signed a maritime law enforcement agreement to strengthen counternarcotics coordination as well as mutual legal assistance and extradition treaties to enhance joint efforts in combating international crime.

U.S. Assistance to Dominica

U.S. assistance to Dominica is primarily channeled through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, and through the U.S. Agency for International Development office in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Peace Corps provides technical assistance to Dominica and has volunteers on the island working mostly in education. The United States provides training, equipment, and material to Dominican law enforcement forces, including through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Dominica is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. The CBI aims to facilitate the economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies. Dominica is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). At the 2013 meeting of the U.S.-CARICOM Trade and Investment Council, the parties approved an action agenda outlining priorities for strengthening and deepening the trading relationship.

Dominica's Membership in International Organizations

Dominica and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Dominica is Larry L. Palmer. Other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List. The Ambassador and Embassy officers are resident in Barbados and travel frequently to Dominica.

Dominica maintains an embassy in the United States at 3216 New Mexico Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016 (tel. 202-364-6781).

More information about Dominica is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Dominica Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Dominica Page
U.S. Embassy: Barbados and Eastern Caribbean
History of U.S. Relations With Dominica
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies (see Caribbean Islands)
Travel and Business Information
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative