Statement by Secretary Pompeo on International Day of Democracy

U.S DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO September 15, 2019 International Day of Democracy On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy. In the United States, those rights are ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson September 8, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ On September 6, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Asunción, Paraguay, with President Mario Abdo Benítez.  He was joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.  They discussed our shared interest in efforts to create economic opportunity, combat corruption, and build ... Read More»

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump reaffirms the Commitment of the United States and Paraguay to Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

September 6, 2019 Presidential Palace Asuncion, Paraguay Today, President Mario Abdo Benítez of the Republic of Paraguay received Advisor to the President of the United States of America Ivanka Trump at the Palacio de López in Asuncion, Paraguay, to discuss ways to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries and strategies to advance women’s ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Paraguay’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization

August 21, 2019 Paraguay’s Designation of Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization We commend Paraguay for designating Hizballah, al-Qa’ida, ISIS, and Hamas as terrorist organizations.  This important step will help cut off the ability of these groups to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere. The world is ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay – August 13, 2019

Location: Downtown Asuncion Event: There are recurring, periodic demonstrations and protests in the downtown area and throughout different locations in the country both for and against the current Paraguayan administration. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid demonstrations. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid demonstrations. Keep a low profile. Be aware of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay – August 4, 2019

Location: Asuncion and Other Metropolitan Areas Event: Due to ongoing discontent related to the power sharing agreement with Brazil, approximately 300 protesters are in the downtown microcentro area now. This area includes Palma, Presidente Franco, and Paraguayo Independiente, and all adjacent streets.  Protesters are expected to march around the entire downtown area including the Pantheon, ... Read More»

Treasury Disrupts Corruption Network Stealing From Venezuela’s Food Distribution Program, CLAP  

U.S. Department of the Treasury July 25, 2019 Alex Saab bribed stepsons of Nicolás Maduro and exploited no-bid contracts to loot hundreds of millions of dollars from starving Venezuelans Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Colombian national Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), a profiteer orchestrating ... Read More»

The United States Takes Action Against Corruption Network of Maduro-Aligned Associates

Statement by Secretary Pompeo July 25, 2019 On July 25, the United States sanctioned five individuals involved in a complex network of bribery and money laundering that has been stealing from the people of Venezuela for years, as well as an additional five individuals and 13 entities connected to these corrupt actors.  Among the individuals ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay – July 22, 2019

Location: Asuncion Metropolitan Area Event: Demonstrations/strikes are expected to take place on July 23, 2019 beginning at 4:00 AM.  Taxi drivers intend to protest the Uber and MUV services. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid demonstrations. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid demonstrations. Keep a low profile. Be aware of your ... Read More»

Weather Alert: Heavy Rain and Flooding throughout Paraguay

Weather Alert: Heavy Rain and flooding throughout Paraguay (May 10, 2019) Event:  Weather reports predict continued heavy rain and flooding throughout Paraguay.  Rivers are at a significantly higher level than normal. Travelers should exercise caution and be alert for possible flash flooding, high winds, and power outages as conditions may change rapidly without warning. Actions to take: Avoid flooded and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay

Location: Downtown area of Asuncion Event: Due to a large political demonstration occurring this morning regarding election reform, the U.S. Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area. Currently, there are about 100 protestors but more are expected to gather before today’s opening session of Congress at 9:00 a.m. Major avenues affected are ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay

Demonstration  Alert – U. S. Embassy – Asuncion,  Paraguay (March  21, 2019 starting at 8:00 a.m.) Location: Central downtown area of Asuncion (gathering starts at Parque Seminario – Kubitschek y 25 de Mayo and heads towards the Plaza Uruguaya in front of the Paraguayan Congress). Event: Campesino Demonstration U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the central downtown area ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay (February 22, 2019)

Location: The U.S. Embassy (Kubitschek y Avenida Mariscal Lopez) Event: A political demonstration to protest U.S. policy in Venezuela led by the Frente Guasu and the Partido Comunista Paraguayo is planned for 7:00 p.m. in front of the U.S. Embassy. Actions to Take: Avoid the Embassy area. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

January 26, 2019/ United Nations/ New York City, New York SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of the Security Council, for scheduling this meeting. My former colleague, Ambassador Haley, lobbied for a year to ... Read More»

Reciprocity Fee for student and inter-country transfer work for Paraguayans

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the U.S. government will implement a reciprocity fee for student (F) and inter-country transfer work (L) visas for Paraguayans. Under the principle of reciprocity, these fees will make these U.S. visa costs for Paraguayans equal to the costs for the equivalent Paraguayan visa for Americans. Paraguayans applying for F visas ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Traffic Disruptions Throughout the Day

Due to taxi demonstrations protesting the proposed introduction of ride-sharing services in Paraguay, expect possible traffic disruptions throughout the course of the day. Major avenues affected are expected to be Artigas, Espana, Mariscal Lopez, Eusebio Ayala, Fernando De La Mora, Felix Bogado, and the downtown area. Actions to Take: Avoid the area. Monitor local media ... Read More»

US Embassy closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The President of the United States has ordered a National Day of Mourning in recognition of the passing of former President George H. W. Bush.  The U.S. Embassy including the Consular Section, will be closed to the public on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Additionally the Consular Section will be closed to the public on Thursday, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay (November 28, 2018)

Location: South of the U.S. Embassy (Kubitschek y 25 de Marzo) Actions to Take: Avoid the Embassy area. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media for updates. Assistance: U.S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay +(595) (21) 213-715 +(595) (21) 229-581 (after hours) ParaguayACS@state.gov U.S. Embassy web page State Department  ... Read More»

Demonstrations expected to take place on Monday August 6, 2018 at 18:00 pm

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay (August 6, 2018) Location: Asuncion, Paraguay Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 18:00 in front of Congress at the Plaza de Armas located at El Paraguayo Independiente Avenue between Jejui and Manduvira cross streets. The group intends to protest alleged government ... Read More»

Opening remarks by President Trump and President Putin of the Russian Federation, in joint press conference

July 16th, 2018 Presidential Palace Helsinki, Finland PRESIDENT PUTIN:  (As interpreted.)  Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.  I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations. We carefully analyzed the current ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

 Remarks Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C. MS JOHNSTONE:  Hello, and welcome to the Department of State.  My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for ... Read More»

State Department, office of Spokesperson: United States assisting venezuelans in need

MEDIA NOTE June 26, 2018 United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need Vice President Mike Pence announced today in Brazil nearly $10 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. This funding for the Venezuelan people includes a contribution to the International Organization for Migration ... Read More»

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarks on LGBTI pride month

Press Statement Washington, DC June 1, 2018 ———————————– The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Move of the Paraguayan Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2018 The United States welcomes the move of the Paraguayan Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We thank our Western Hemisphere partner for joining us in recognizing Israel’s capital and encourage additional moves. By being the first head of state to recognize ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: An Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela

The United States condemns the fraudulent election that took place in Venezuela on May 20.  This so-called “election” is an attack on constitutional order and an affront to Venezuela’s tradition of democracy.  Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through free, fair, and transparent elections, the government faces isolation from the international ... Read More»

The Paratesol 2018 convention for English teachers closed with great participation

PARATESOL, The Association of Teachers of English in Paraguay, with the support of the Embassy of the United States in Asunción, Paraguay held the Second Edition of the Convention of PARATESOL 2018 “Bridging Expectations and Realities”, in which English teachers from Asunción and the interior of the country, participated in Professional Development sessions in English ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo remarks on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Statement Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State May 17, 2018 – Washington, DC The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay

Location: Paraguay, countrywide Event: The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens abroad, including children. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings. In the past, they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation ... Read More»

Financial investigation and money laundering course with instructors from the IRS and the US Department of Justice

On Thursday, April 26, at 09:00 at the Sheraton Hotel in Asuncion, the Ambassador of the United States of America, M. Lee McClenny, opened the Financial Investigation and Money Laundering Techniques course run by the Department of Education. Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (Criminal Investigation Unit), with the support of the Embassy of the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay (April 18, 2018 starting at 17:00)

Location: Begins two blocks east of the U.S. Embassy on Mariscal Lopez and will move to area directly in front of embassy. Event: Demonstration protesting U.S. involvement in Syria. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area directly in front of the embassy during the afternoon. Actions to Take: Avoid the area directly in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy-Asuncion, Paraguay (March 22, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m.)

Location: Central downtown area of Asuncion (gathering starts at Seminario Metropolitano – Kubitschek y 25 de Marzo and heads towards the Plaza De Armas in front of the Paraguayan Congress). Event: Campesino Demonstration U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the central downtown area tomorrow. Actions to Take: Avoid the central downtown area. Exercise caution if ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay

Location: Central downtown area of Asuncion Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 21, 2018 beginning at 6am and lasting all day.   The demonstration is being organized by taxi drivers who are opposed to the ridesharing service, Uber. U.S. government personnel were advised to avoid the central downtown area tomorrow. Actions to ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tour for Latin America

Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, started a seven-day tour around several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, on February 1st. The starting point of the tour was visiting the University of Austin in Texas, where he described the priorities on the policies in relation to Western Hemisphere matters, for the ... Read More»

Improvements to Safety and Security Information

U.S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay Message for U.S. Citizens Improvements to Safety and Security Information January 03, 2018   On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  ... Read More»

US-DOL increases funding for the development of the “Paraguay Okakuaa” program to prevent child labor

In partnership with the Paraguayan Ministry of Labor, Paraguay Okakuaa is strengthening the enforcement of labor laws in agriculture in the Department of Guairá and providing educational and livelihood opportunities for families vulnerable to child labor, particularly young women. And in response to the government’s political will to address forced labor, the project is now ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution – December 06, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ... Read More»

Peaceful ANDE Demonstration

Please be advised that a peaceful protest that started in front of Ande Electric Co. on Avenida España has now moved to 25 de Mayo and Kubitschek. At this time, the exact number of protesters is unknown.  Please anticipate major congestion throughout this area. While demonstrations and protests are generally peaceful in Paraguay, they can ... Read More»

Significant progress towards beef exportation from Paraguay to the United States

On Thursday, October 12, representatives of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented the results of a risk assessment regarding beef exportation from Paraguay to the United States. Experts from APHIS and SENACSA (Paraguay’s National Secretary for Animal Health) ​​worked hard to find the technical arguments ... Read More»

Youth Ambassadors Program: Paraguay 2018

The Youth Ambassadors Program is one of the exchange programs of the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The Department of State implements the programs through the United States Embassies in each country. In Paraguay, the program is run and implemented by “Fundación Paraguaya” together with the Educational ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes to Federal Benefit Services

U.S. Embassy – Asuncion, Paraguay Message for U.S. Citizens Changes to Federal Benefit Services September 22, 2017 The Department of State and the Social Security Administration recently updated an interagency agreement, changing the services that most consular sections perform on behalf of the Social Security Administration. Effective October 2, 2017, the Social Security Administration requires ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting – Asuncion – September 7, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion cordially invites the U.S. citizen community and federal beneficiaries to a special town hall meeting on Thursday, September 7th, to discuss social security programs and federal benefits topics. The town hall meeting, led by a Regional Federal Benefits Officer from San Jose, Costa Rica, will include a question and answer ... Read More»

Security Message for US Citizens: Ongoing Protests – Avoid Presidential compound and area near the U.S. Embassy

Local media is reporting that the ongoing campesino demonstrators are currently marching towards the presidential compound which is directly adjacent to the U.S. Embassy compound on Mariscal Lopez Avenue. Security personnel are already making preparations that may include road blocks near the embassy. Mission personnel have been advised to consider departing the compound earlier than ... Read More»

US Southern Command and General Staff of Paraguay, develop special operations skills competition

Fuerzas Comando 2017 is a Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved, and U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)-sponsored, special operations skills competition and combating terrorism fellowship program under the responsibility of Commander, Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). History: Fuerzas Comando is a competition held annually since 2004. The competition first held in El Salvador had 13 participating countries. ... Read More»

INL Strengthens Southern Cone Collaboration to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

The Tri-Border Area (TBA), where Paraguay shares both water and land borders with Brazil and Argentina, is a hub for money laundering and transnational smuggling. Given our shared interests with the TBA countries in strengthening border security and combatting transnational organized crime, INL supports counter-narcotics and rule of law efforts that strengthen police, prosecutors, and ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

AMBASSADOR COPPEDGE: Good morning. AUDIENCE: Good morning. AMBASSADOR COPPEDGE: Welcome to the Department of State. We have quite the full room. My name is Susan Coppedge and I am the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today for the release of the  17th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. (Applause.) I was looking for ... Read More»

US Supreme Court defines implementation President Trump’s Executive Order

Office of the Spokesperso, Heather Nauert U.S. Supreme Court Decision On The President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780,  “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly ... Read More»

Professional Exchange Program “Atlas Corps”

Open call to NGO leaders to apply for a professional exchange program, from 6 to 18 months, during which participants will work in renowned organizations dedicated to making positive social changes. Host organizations from previous years include: American Red Cross, Ashoka, CARE, Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Malala Fund, Peace Corps, Save the Children, Special Olympics, ... Read More»

NASA Engineer Visits Paraguay

Miércoles, 26 de abril – 18:00hs. – Salón Auditorio “Prof. Dr. Luis Berganza”- Campus UNA San Lorenzo Miércoles, 26 de abril – 19:30hs. – Biblioteca de la Facultad Politécnica- Campus UNA San Lorenzo Jueves, 27 de abril -19:00 hs.- Sociedad Científica del Paraguay (Andres Barbero esq. Artigas) La Ingeniera Sandra Cauffman, Directora Adjunta de la ... Read More»

The Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco L. Palmieri, visits Paraguay

The Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Francisco L. Palmieri, will visit Asunción, Paraguay from April 18 to 19, 2017 as part of a tour of the region’s countries. The purpose of your visit is to talk about areas of mutual interest, and strengthen ties and bilateral cooperation. During his visit, Acting ... Read More»

Ingeniera de la NASA visita Paraguay

Miércoles, 26 de abril – 18:00hs. – Salón Auditorio “Prof. Dr. Luis Berganza”- Campus UNA San Lorenzo Miércoles, 26 de abril – 19:30hs. – Biblioteca de la Facultad Politécnica- Campus UNA San Lorenzo Jueves, 27 de abril -19:00 hs.- Sociedad Científica del Paraguay (Andres Barbero esq. Artigas) La Ingeniera Sandra Cauffman, Directora Adjunta de la ... Read More»

Scholarships for Professional Exchanges, Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI)

Deadline for submission of applications: Sunday, April 23 The professional internship program, Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) expands opportunities and empowers emerging entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to effectively contribute to the social and economic development of their communities. In 2017, 250 Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean will expand their leadership and ... Read More»

West Virginia University (WVU) Vice-President, Dr. William Brustein, visits Paraguay

Dr. William Brustein, Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs, University of West Virginia (WVU), will visit Asuncion on March 30 and 31 to expand contacts with Paraguayan educational institutions and explore the Establishment of more educational and cultural exchange programs between the US and Paraguay. Dr. Brustein will be accompanied by Dr. Angel ... Read More»

Second edition of the Parkranger course by local professionals and the University of Colorado.

Start: Thursday, March 23, 08:30 – Hotel Cerrito (Benjamín Aceval, Ruta Transchaco Km 46.5) On Thursday, March 23, at 08:30 at the Hotel Cerrito located in Benjamín Aceval, Chaco will be held the opening ceremony of the 2nd Training Course of Ranger Park of the National System of Protected Wild Areas (SINASIP) of Paraguay. This ... Read More»

2017 TechCamp Paraguay

Friday 10 and Saturday, March 11 – Ykua Sati Farm (Mayor Perenciolo Merlo 2150, C / Dr. Bestard) – Asunción Tomorrow, Friday, March 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the first tech camp TechCamp Paraguay 2017 will be held, under the auspices of the ... Read More»

Becas de Inglés Hayes otorgadas por la Embajada de los EE.UU., la Fundación AMCHAM, en convenio con el CCPA

Thursday, February 23, 2017/19: 00 – Teatro de las Américas, CCPA Representatives of the US Embassy, ​​along with representatives of the companies of the Paraguay-American Chamber of Commerce and the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center (CCPA), will participate in the ceremony of graduation of 109 outstanding Paraguayan youth, beneficiaries With the scholarships of English Hayes. The event ... Read More»

Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the US Department of the Treasury offers workshop on International Accounting Standards

From February 20 to 24, 2017, the Office of Technical Assistance of the United States Department of the Treasury (OTA) will hold a workshop on International Accounting Standards for Public Sector (IPSAS) applicable to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concession contracts. IPSAS-32 was issued in response to the 2008 financial crisis to improve the way governments around ... Read More»

GLOBE: NASA program relaunches in Paraguay

On Tuesday, February 21, at 9:00 AM, the US Embassy, ​​the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Scientific Society of Paraguay, and the Benjamin Franklin American Corner will relaunch the GLOBE Program Observations in Benefit of the Environment) in Paraguay. The event will be held at the premises of the Scientific Society of Paraguay and ... Read More»

Address by Ambassador Leslie Bassett during the official US Independence Day celebration. (July 1, 2016)

Tonight we celebrate the independence of the United States, also commemorating the 100 years of the United States National Parks Service, and recognizing the importance of Mother Earth to all of us worldwide. At a time when climate challenges are more important than ever, we are proud to recognize that Paraguay and the United States, ... Read More»

Address by Ambassador Leslie A. Basset during signing of Agreement for the Fulbright-CAL Program (June 17, 2016)

Mr. Minister Mr. Mora, Director of the Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Office Ing. Luis Lima, President of CONACYT Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Santiago Garcia – President of the Fulbright Association: It is a pleasure to be here to add a new and exciting chapter in the history of the Fulbright Program ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Leslie A. Bassett during Border and Financial Crime Investigation Training (June 9, 2016)

Good Morning. It is a pleasure for me to be here with you all today. I extend a warm welcome to Minister Boidanich, to the invited authorities and to all those present here. I would like to acknowledge and thank the leadership of the Office of the Prosecutor, the National Police, Migrations, Customs, SENAD and ... Read More»

The United States and Paraguay: Focused on the Future – Remarks by Leslie A. Bassett at UNA Law School, (May 18th 2016)

President Cartes Other dignitaries TBD Thank you very much for this honor.  Paraguay is a country of great promise working hard to provide for the welfare of its citizens, and to ensure all of them have access to government services.  On behalf of the United States government, and as a symbol of our continuing friendship ... Read More»

UPDATE 5 and Use of website for future demonstration information

U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay April 5, 2017 Security Message for US Citizens: Update 5 and Use of website for future demonstration information   The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that prior travel restrictions to the downtown area have been lifted for official personnel, and the prior recommendation of a dusk-to-dawn curfew has ended.  While no ... Read More»

UPDATE 1 – Unscheduled Protests – Avoid Downtown Asuncion

U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay April 1, 2017 Security Message for US Citizens: UPDATE 1 – Unscheduled Protests – Avoid Downtown Asuncion   DOWNTOWN: Violence downtown subsided at approximately 11:00 PM last night.  While the situation is calm this morning, there is the potential for protests to resume with little to no notice.  Travel to the ... Read More»

Unscheduled Protest

U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay March 31, 2017 Security Message for US Citizens: Unscheduled Protest – Avoid Downtown Asuncion   Please be advised that anti-amendment protests are ongoing downtown this afternoon into this evening, especially in the area of the Congress. There is no clear timeline for termination of the protests or votes on the amendment. ... Read More»

World Wide Caution

World Wide Caution  March 4, 2017   As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  ... Read More»

Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

Official launch of the Fulbright and Fulbright programs – CAL 2018-2019 for postgraduate scholarships

Monday, February 6 / 19hs / Gallery Agustín Barrios of the CCPA (Spain 352) This Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. The official launch of the Fulbright and Fulbright-CAL 2018-2019 programs for postgraduate scholarships will be held at the conference, attended by representatives of the Embassy of the United States of America, representatives and scholars ... Read More»

Pro/Anti-American Demonstrations near Embassy

U.S. Embassy Asuncion, Paraguay Security Message for US Citizens: Pro/Anti-American Demonstrations near Embassy January 20, 2017   The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that both pro/anti-American groups are scheduled to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy along Avenida Mariscal Lopez on January 20, 2017. The Embassy has instructed official personnel today to avoid the ... Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs visits Paraguay

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs  of the Department of State, Kurt Tong visited Paraguay from November 30th to December 1st,  2015. During his visit, Tong met with Paraguayan officials and private sector representatives to address economic and trade issues, in addition to moving forward with discussions of ... Read More»

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, John Melle visits Paraguay

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, John M. Melle, visited Paraguay to participate in a Joint Commission on Trade and Investment meeting in Asuncion. This meeting was a follow up to the commitment made during the political and economic dialogue between Paraguay and the US. that took place in June 2015 in Washington, ... Read More»

Ambassador Bassett visits the Mbaracayu Nature Reserve and surrounding areas

U.S. Ambassador Leslie Ann Bassett paid a visit to the Mbaracayu Forest Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. During her first tour to this important remnant of the Atlantic Forest, Ambassador Bassett visited the surrounding communities of Santa Rosami and Chupapou that are developing water management models with support from the USAID. During her tour, Ambassador ... Read More»

English Micro-scholarships Graduation Ceremony

Eighty outstanding English micro-scholarship recipients, from economically disadvantaged families, graduated last Monday in a ceremony held at the ”Teatro de las Americas”, of the Paraguayan-American Binational Center (CCPA.) Graduates successfully completed a three-year English as a second language program, offered by the US Embassy in Paraguay; with the support of private Paraguayan companies, associated with ... Read More»

The United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights with the Government of Paraguay

Washington, D.C. – The United States and Paraguay signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on intellectual property rights (IPR) during today’s meeting of the United States-Paraguay Partnership Dialogue at the Department of State.  As part of the MOU, Paraguay has committed to take specific steps to improve its IPR protection and enforcement environment. Additionally, the ... Read More»

Joint Statement from the U.S.-Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue

On June 18, Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom and Paraguayan Minister of External Relations Eladio Loizaga held a United States – Paraguay Political and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C.  The dialogue was an opportunity for our two nations to discuss strong bilateral relations, regional and global cooperation, and a comprehensive partnership to strengthen democratic ... Read More»

Visit to Pedro Juan Caballero and Chaco

On the first day of her trip, Ambassador Bassett visited Pedro Juan Caballero. This was  first visit to this city. During her stay, Bassett met with local authorities, visited a dairy cooperative, and made a book donation to the library of the Catholic University. In addition, the Ambassador met with local journalists to dialogue with ... Read More»

Protecting the Creativity

Since 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has celebrated April 26 as World Intellectual Property Day – a day to promote awareness and expand protection of intellectual property across the world.  April 26 also marks the 45th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization. This year’s ... Read More»

Ambassador visits Alto Parana

This week, Ambassador Leslie Bassett toured the eastern region of Paraguay. She mentioned that this has been pending since her arrival to Paraguay, adding: “I had heard a lot about the dynamism of this region and its people. I’m glad to be here. ” During her visit, Bassett met with the Governor of Alto Parana, ... Read More»

U.S. provides $50,000 for Concepción

The US government , through USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID/Paraguay, provided $50,000 through to the Adventist Development Relief Agency to distribute emergency relief items—such as hygiene kits, bedding and mattresses, food preparation supplies, and fuel—to affected households. In addition, USAID/OFDA activated local surge capacity consultants to provide initial analysis of the ... Read More»

Ambassador meets Young Indigenous Leaders

Ambassador Leslie Bassett met yesterday with the five Young Indigenous Leaders who recently returned from the United States. These young people, selected by the Embassy, ​​traveled to Tucson (Arizona), with all expenses paid, under the “Institute of American Studies Student Leaders” program, in the months of January and February of this year. During the meeting ... Read More»

Winning Institutions of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Funding

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the winners of the Santander Bank-sponsored competition of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. The nine winning institutions involve university partnerships between the United States and Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, and Mexico. West Virginia University US Partner – Universidad Nacional de Asunción ... Read More»

Operation Smile Paraguay

Ambassador Leslie Bassett highlighted that the American initiative Operation Smile, “has the support of the best Paraguayan doctors and volunteers” and described the work they do as “impressive”. The U.S. Ambassador visited the Central Military Hospital of Sajonia, accompanied by USAID/Paraguay Director, Fernando Cossich, with whom she walked the hospital corridors, greeting the young patients ... Read More»

Donation of ten Drug Detection Dogs and presentation of certificates

This morning, Ambassador Leslie Bassett, donated ten drug detection dogs to the National Anti-Drugs Agency (SENAD) and to the Paraguayan National Police. These dogs have been trained in the United States to sniff out illicit drugs and will become part of the mentioned institution’s canine units.  In addition, Ambassador Bassett handed out certificates to 12 ... Read More»

Embassy signs MoU with the Ministry of Education

This morning Ambassador, Leslie Bassett, and the Paraguayan Minister of Education, Dr. Marta Lafuente, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement will facilitate and  formalize several cooperation projects in areas of common interest. With the signing of this agreement, the U.S. Embassy will continue working on several programs in the area of English teaching, both ... Read More»

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Visits Paraguay

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will make his first official visit to Paraguay January 27-29, 2015. The Objective of the Secretary’s visit is to highlight the commitment of the U.S. in working with Paraguay and the region based on a relationship of mutual trust, respect, and interests.  Both nations share a commitment to ... Read More»

Ambassador Bassett presented her Credentials

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Ambassador Leslie A. Bassett presented her credentials to President Horacio Cartes during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Asunción.  She then proceeded to the Pantheon of Heroes for the traditional laying of a wreath. Ms. Bassett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new Ambassador to Paraguay ... Read More»
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