After a failed attempt by AT&T in 2011 to purchase the company in an $39 billion stock and cash offer (which was withdrawn after being faced with significant regulatory and legal hurdles, along with heavy resistance from the . government),  T-Mobile USA announced its intent to merge with MetroPCS Communications, Inc. , the sixth largest carrier in the ., to improve its competitiveness with other national carriers; the deal was approved by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission in March 2013.    The merger agreement gave Deutsche Telekom the option to sell its 72% stake in the merged company, valued at around $ billion, to a third-party before the end of the 18-month lock-up period .  On 1 May 2013, the combined company, now known as T-Mobile US, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a public company. 
The Essay Competition is being held from 22nd February to 29th April 2016. The Ministry successfully launched the Essay Writing Competition 2015 and is once again partnering with sponsor Digicel to deliver the 2016 competition. In an effort to challenge participants' understanding on foreign policy matters, they have been grouped into two categories. The topic for group one’s essay is relating to the issues of Human Rights and targets person’s between the ages of 15 – 20 years, while group two’s essay will focus on Sustainable Development in the tourism sector.