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President Remengesau Attends the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8 Summit) in Japan

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. attended the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting also known as PALM8 Summit in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture in Japan held from May 18-19, 2018.

[L-R] Deputy Chief of Staff Rebluud Kesolei, Economic Advisor Donald Haruo, State Minister Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, H.E. President Remengesau, Palau Ambassador to Japan Francis Matsutaro, and Charles Mitchell of the Palau Embassy in Japan.

For more information about the outcome of the meeting visit the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website by clicking HERE.

President Remengesau Receives Courtesy Call from Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Affairs

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-118
May 16, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Receives Courtesy Call from Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Affairs

On May 7, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. received Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Pacific Donald Bobiash during a courtesy call made at the Office of the President in Ngerulmud.

President Remengesau and Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash discussed different areas of cooperation between both nations, including capacity building programs, technical assistance and training opportunities.

Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash conveyed Canada’s priority on oceans and their continued focus on the Pacific, including the small-scale development projects ongoing in Palau such as projects with Ebiil Society and the Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

President Remengesau shared the Republic of Palau’s hosting of the 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference and expressed his hope for the Government of Canada’s partnership of the event.

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Palau High School Senior Ayanna Ramarui Completes Practicum at Office of the President

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-119
May 14, 2018
Office of the President

Palau High School Senior Ayanna Ramarui Completes Practicum at Office of the President

 On May 3rd, 18-year old Palau High School Senior Ayanna Ramarui successfully completed her 5-month practicum work-based study at the Office of the President.

Speaking before President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and Cabinet Ministers on May 14th during a luncheon organized in her honor, Ms. Ramarui expressed her appreciation and stated her tenure at the Office of the President has “inspired me to aim high”.

“Ayanna quickly became a cherished member of our Office Family since coming on board in January 2018. We will surely miss her presence in our Administrative Department and wish her success in her educational endeavors”, stated Deputy Chief of Staff Rebluud Kesolei on behalf of President Remengesau and the Office of the President.

During the course of her tenure, Ayanna learned many valuable workforce skills, including work ethic, communication skills, and administrative functions such as proper telephone etiquette and customer service.

As she prepares to receive her diploma along with the rest of the Palau High School Class of 2018 on May 31, Ayanna is also preparing herself and looking forward to college this fall. She has been accepted to attend the National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan) to pursue a degree in civil engineering.

“I will do my best and study hard as I am commitment to returning back to Palau to help the People of Palau.”, Ayanna promises.

On behalf of President Remengesau, congratulations to Ayanna and all high school Class of 2018 graduates.

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Palau-U.S. Conducts Compact Review Agreement Funding Consultation

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-117
May 3, 2018
Office of the President

Palau-U.S. Conducts Compact Review Agreement Funding Consultation

The Republic of Palau and the United States of America on Tuesday, May 1 gathered together in consultation to discuss the process and arrangement of disbursing the $123.824 million Economic Funding Package recently authorized and appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

Minister Elbuchel Sadang on behalf of President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., the People and Government of Palau, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the authorization of this long-awaited funding to implement the Compact Review Agreement signed in September 2010. Minister Sadang states, “Palau is grateful for the historical friendship and relationship it shares with the United States. The authorization and appropriation of this new Compact funding is a true testament of this relationship.”

Ambassador Amy Hyatt during the consultation meeting shared the U.S. Government’s eagerness to move the process forward, stating “I assure you that the U.S. Government is very keen to move this forward, to move forward quickly and not to delay. We are grateful for the warm and enduring friendship that we have with the People and Government of Palau and a partnership that has been a great benefit to all of our people.”

The objective of the consultation was to provide the opportunity for Palau and the U.S. to share concerns and discuss the process, funding schedule, and timeline in order to facilitate and develop an agreement for funding implementation.

Minister Elbuchel Sadang and Director Casmir Remengesau along with legal counsels and other officials from the Office of the President will continue to work closely with Ambassador Amy Hyatt, the U.S. Embassy in Koror, and officials from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Interior to finalize all the agreements necessary for the implementation of the Compact Review Agreement, and the transfer of related funding.

 

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Palau, Marshall Islands and the FSM Signs an Agreement Establishing the Micronesian Regional Transnational Crime Unit

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-116
April 26, 2018
Office of the President

Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia Signs an Agreement Establishing the Micronesian Regional Transnational Crime Unit

On April 26th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President Hilda Heine of the Republic of Marshall Islands and President Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia signed an agreement establishing the Micronesian Regional Transnational Crime Unit at the sideline of the 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum held at the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).

In August 2017 during the 17th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit in Pohnpei, FSM, the Presidents through the Palikir Communiqué acknowledged the importance of strengthening and regionalizing the Micronesian Regional Transnational Crime Unit where they agreed to designate their respective Attorney Generals to develop, create and establish a binding framework that constitutes the Unit.

Establishing a stronger regional collaborative effort, the Unit will undertake mutual assistance in the respective national jurisdictions of Palau, RMI and FSM on areas including the prevention, investigation and prosecution of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, money laundering, terrorism, exchange of information related to criminal investigation, trafficking in person and human smuggling, drug trafficking and drug smuggling, cybercrime  detection and prevention, and sharing information concerning national and regional criminal activity trends.

The Unit will hold annual meetings with the outcome of their meetings to be reported to the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit.

The 19th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit will be hosted by Palau in 2019.

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First Lady Debbie Remengesau Receives the Crans Montana Forum’s 2018 Prix de la Fondation Award

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-110
April 12, 2018
Office of the President

First Lady Debbie Remengesau Receives the Crans Montana Forum’s 2018 Prix de la Fondation Award

First Lady Debbie Remengesau has become the first, Pacific-region First Lady, to receive the Crans Montana Forum’s Prix de la Fondation Award in recognition of her invaluable contributions and leadership in conservation and ocean stewardship for the future of Palau’s children, through the Palau Legacy Project and the Palau Pledge Campaign. The award was presented to the First Lady by American Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson, during the Crans Montana Forum on March 17, 2018 at the Dakhla Congress Center in Morocco.

First Lady Remengesau humbly accepted the award on behalf of Palauan women and women everywhere. “I am deeply honored to have received this prestigious award from the Crans Montana Forum recognizing the value of the Palau Pledge Project and what it represents for our children’s future”, said the First Lady following the award ceremony. “It also represents the strong influence Palauan women have in our society and how they can effect real change – not only for our future, but for the future of the entire planet.”

The Prix de la Fondation Award was established in 1990 with the ambition of recognizing the work of men and women of eminent merit that have common goals and shared values toward creating a better world. All sectors of social responsibility have been recognized over the years including government, private sector, NGO and social leaders.

From March 15 to 20th, First Lady Remengesau participated in the Crans Montana Forum as an official guest of King Mohammed VI and the Kingdom of Morocco. She delivered her keynote address at the annual African Women’s Forum session on “Women’s Empowerment in Economic and Political Frameworks”.

Speaking as a mother, grandmother and homemaker, First Lady Remengesau highlighted the critical role Palauan women play in our society and how much their contributions have influenced Palau’s history. She further called upon women everywhere to take action, stating: “As women, as the mothers and grandmothers of this world, we have tremendous power to effect real change in our communities and our countries. Together we are strong. So I encourage you today to be inspired by the women of Palau, who unite in times of crisis to take a stand for what’s right and lead their community. We owe it to our children, and our children’s children, to take the lead when it comes to saving their future. I hope you can join me on this journey and together, we will restore their birthright.”

The First Lady’s speech was widely applauded by Forum delegates and the international media in attendance who praised Palauan culture as a strong example of women’s empowerment that the rest of the world could follow.

Expanding the Palau Pledge Campaign’s reach and further raising awareness on the importance of our oceans, First Lady Remengesau and Palau Legacy Project co-founder Laura Clarke introduced the Republic of Palau and presented the Palau Pledge Project to over 100 participants during a special session on “Climate Change in the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)” held on March 19.

The Republic of Palau’s representation at the Crans Montana Forum highlighted challenges facing Palauans and Pacific islanders in the ever changing climate. On behalf of the women, children and people of Palau, First Lady Remengesau conveyed her hope for stronger partnerships between organizations, individuals and governments in working together to create a sustainable world for all.

 

Notes:

  • First Lady Debbie Remengesau’s keynote address can be accessed online in full at the following link: http://palaugov.pw/remarks-by-first-lady-debbie-remengesau-2018-crans-montana-forum-in-morocco/
  • The Crans Montana Forum is a Swiss non-governmental international organization founded by the late Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron and HSH Prince Anton von und zu Liechtensein. The organization focuses discussions and efforts towards a more human world by encouraging international cooperation and overall growth.
  • Further information about the Crans Montant Forum and the Prix de la Fondation Award can be found at: http://www.cmf.ch
  • The Palau Legacy Project is chaired by First Lady Debbie Remengesau and was founded in 2015 by: Laura Clarke, Nicolle Fagan, Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons and Nanae Singeo – a group of volunteers (Palauans and visitors) who live in Palau and were concerned about the impact of tourism on Palau’s natural environment. More information about the Palau Pledge can be found at: http://www.palaupledge.com
[L-R] Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron, Reverend Jesse Jackson and First Lady Debbie Remengesau

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President Remengesau Delivers the 2018 State of the Republic Address on April 17, 2018

H.E. President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, delivered the 2018 State of the Republic Address (SORA) before the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau and the People of the Palau.

“As a nation, we find ourselves nearing the end of our second period of financing under the Compact of Free Association, even though the United States spending Bill committing to this 2nd financing commitment was signed into Law less than a month ago.  We also find that, due to our own development successes over the past two decades, the World Bank has changed our country income classification to that of a ‘High Income’ country, which will limit the availability of certain global development funding despite the fact that we are also classified as a small island developing state that is highly vulnerable to the mounting impacts of climate change.

Because of our unique situation, we must be prepared to address our fiscal challenges in the coming years.  First, we must focus our efforts on expanding our own revenue base to respond to our new development status and expanded funding requirements, including responsive social programs and services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Second, we must begin to utilize more of our financial resources to leverage financing to help fully finance investments in economic sectors we have targeted for development.  We must do this within a clearly established regulatory framework.

Finally, we must continue to build our capacity to access and implement available financial and technical assistance from our multilateral and development partners.   In this effort we must focus on Public Private Partnerships to help lower the burden on the government and to expand available financing options.

This means that we must seriously expand our efforts to not only enhance our tourism industry, but also look to diversify our economic opportunities.  Within this context, we must make sure that we continue to work towards sustainable livelihoods, strengthen our food security, protect our family structure, and provide improved health and education to our people, all while continuing to preserve our cultural heritage.  These are basic but certainly complex responsibilities for a nation as small as ours.  Yet we must progress each and every one of these responsibilities to ensure a vibrant future for our children.

In order to accomplish these ambitious goals, we must continue, at the leadership level, to cooperate through a shared vision of our future.  This will require continued serious discussion, negotiation, inclusive community dialogue and, most importantly, compromise. ”

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Uchel Naito Assumes New Position as Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator of Hawaii Medical Referral Office

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-111
April 08, 2018
Office of the President

Uchel Naito Assumes New Position as Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator of Hawaii Medical Referral Office

On April 4th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. approved an elevated position under the Ministry of Health that goes a long way to help improve and organize operations at the Medical Referral Office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The official approval enabled Uchel Naito, the current Assistant Medical Referral Driver of the Hawaii Medical Referral Program to assume an elevated, full-time position of Assistant Medical Referral Coordinator, a position more consistent with his daily responsibilities.

For the past few years, Uchel served as a part-time Assistant Medical Referral Driver under the Ministry of Health. The part-time employee designation though presented challenges, Uchel continued to work tirelessly and diligently to assure all patients received the care and services they require and are comfortable throughout the entire process.

“Uchel is not only a hardworking employee. He has gained a great amount of knowledge and experience throughout his employ. Uchel is indeed a valued asset of the Ministry of Health and we recognize his dedication and the countless hours he has invested in the program as an employee and a volunteer.” expressed Minister Emais Roberts. “The Ministry will continue to work closely with Uchel and Mary Allyn Takada at the Hawaii Medical Referral House to improve operations and provide them the necessary support for a successful program.”

Minister Roberts and the MOH management team further thanks Uchel for putting in endless volunteer hours throughout his employment.

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President Remengesau accredits new Residential Ambassador of the ROC to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-113
April 11, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau accredits new Residential Ambassador of the Republic of China to the Republic of Palau

On April 5, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Wallace Minn-gan Chow as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau welcomed Ambasador Chow to Palau and extended his greetings to President Tsai Ing-wen and the people of the Republic of China during the Presentation of Credentials ceremony held at the President’s Satellite Office in Koror.

President Remengesau acknowledged the Republic of China as a strong development partner, friend and ally and conveyed Palau’s continued support in expanding ROC’s standing regionally, internationally and in the multilateral community. Thanking the Government of the Republic of China for their developmental partnership and technical support in areas such as health, infrastructure and education, President Remengesau expressed the Government of Palau looks forward to exploring the possibilities of extending direct vocational, technical education and other specialized trainings with the ROC.

As Palau moves forward in its preparation to host the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020, President Remengeseau expressed Palau’s hope for ROC’s support, stating “The key to an ocean-state’s survival and self-reliance is the management of its oceans. The protection and conservation of our ocean is a critical component to ensure Palau remains a Pristine Paradise for our future generation. As Palau sets to host the“Our Oceans” Conference, we look forward your government’s support and partnership.”

Ambassador Chow, who is the sixth residential Ambassador of the Republic of China, assumed the ambassadorial post from former Ambassador Michael Y.K. Tseng. He previously served as the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hawaii prior to his ambassadorial appointment in Palau.

The presentation of credentials ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, House of Delegates’ Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet and members of the President’s Cabinet. Ambassador Chow was accompanied by his wife Samantha Yu-shan Tai.

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Republic of Palau Bids Farewell to ROC Ambassador Michael Y. K. Tseng

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-108
April 4, 2018
Office of the President

Republic of Palau Bids Farewell to ROC Ambassador Michael Y. K. Tseng

The Republic of Palau on March 28th bid its final farewell to Ambassador Michael Y.K. Tseng during a dinner reception held at the Palau Royal Resort.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. wished Ambassador Tseng the best in his future endeavors and reiterated the importance of the special, unique relationship Palau shares with the Republic of China.

Ambassador Tseng expressed his appreciation of the Republic of Palau, stating “I really feel the kindness and goodwill of my friends in Palau.  With admiration, I would like to say congratulations to Palau for your government’s efforts in conserving the natural resources under the leadership of the President.” He further stated, “The trust, the solidarity and the mutual assistance has kept us pretty close in the past years and I’m sure it will carry our friendship into the future.”

The dinner reception was attended by Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Speaker Sabino Anastacio, Senate Vice President Mark Rudimch, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, State Governors, Cabinet Ministers and Bureau Directors.

After nearly two years serving as Ambassador of the ROC to the Republic of Palau, Ambassador Tseng vacated his Ambassadorial post to assume the role of Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the Republic of China’s representative office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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