Congress confirms US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean


Larry Palmer has been confirmed as the new United States Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean said that the U.S. Senate confirmed  Ambassador Palmer’s appointment on March 30.

Speaking on February 7 to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Palmer said, “I am honored 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.”

Ambassador Palmer recognizes that “the global economic downturn has hit the region particularly hard,”. He added, “I will build on prior work and lead American efforts to promote economic prosperity, trade, and entrepreneurship in the region.”

Ambassador Palmer is committed to furthering the success of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which he said “is vitally important to providing for the safety and security of the United States by ensuring that Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean can combat transnational organized crime and avoid the violence and instability seen elsewhere in the hemisphere.”

Larry L. 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.  In addition, 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, Ambassador 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.

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    April 4, 2012

    That guy looks like UNCLE BEN from the long grain rice packet….for real!

    • Shameless
      April 5, 2012

      Yep he sure does! He is also stuck in the 70’s with his Afro….lol. I am sure his pants is made of crimplin or polyester an his casual shirts may be terrylin material. :-D

  2. anonymous
    April 4, 2012

    Do onto others as you would like others do unto you.

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  4. Eco Nomist
    April 3, 2012

    Is that the 1st black ambassador from the US to these parts? I see he comes well qualified in african studies. He better put it to good used by presenting reports that allows the US to increse its economic respect to these here parts

  5. Pedro
    April 3, 2012

    Congratulations on your appointment as Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean. We welcome you to a region with close social, economic and political ties to a free,democratic USA, where the people are allowed to free thinking and creative. Where the people are hard working and generous.

  6. Eagle
    April 3, 2012

    There is more to the Caribbean than security and drug interdiction. If people have other opportunities, they will not need to partake of such activities. I suggest you focus your attention on development and trade rather than the war on drugs.

    • malabu83
      April 3, 2012

      I totally agree with you. Drugs are a world problem, not just the Caribbean.

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