BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts & Nevis: The United States has named a new ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean states.
Larry L. Palmer was confirmed by the U.S. Congress as ambassador to St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said that the Senate confirmed Palmer’s appointment on March 30.
Speaking on February 7 to his country’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Palmer said that he was “honoured to have been nominated to represent the United States in this important region.
“These nations play an important role both bilaterally and in multilateral organizations like the Organization of American States and the United Nations.”
Palmer said he recognizes that the global economic downturn has hit the region particularly hard.
“I will build on prior work and lead American efforts to promote economic prosperity, trade, and entrepreneurship in the region,” he said.
Palmer said he is committed to furthering the success of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which he said is important to providing for the safety and security of the U.S. by ensuring that Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean can combat transnational organized crime and avoid the violence and instability seen elsewhere in the hemisphere.
Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He was formerly U.S. Ambassador to Honduras and also served as President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation, an independent agency that provides grants to Latin American communities to foster economic development. Furthermore, he has served in Uruguay, Paraguay, South Korea, Sierra Leone and the Dominican Republic, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Palmer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, a Master of Education in African History at Texas Southern University and a Doctorate of Higher Education Administration and African Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. No date has been announced for Palmer’s arrival in the region and the presentation of credentials to the heads of state and governments.