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                       EIGHTH LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF YAP

Second Regular Session

2012

Resolution No. 8-53 (PDF file)

                                                                

                                                                

A RESOLUTION

Respectfully calling on the Governor to submit a written notice to Exhibition Travel Group (ETG) to void the Investment Agreement between the State and ETG and to disapprove any and all master plans from ETG for investment in Yap State.

WHEREAS, the people of the State of Yap have requested the Government and the traditional Chiefs of Yap to stop ETG investment in the State; and

WHEREAS, the Government of the State of Yap includes all branches of the State government, and one branch alone and separately does not constitute the State Government unless it is authorized by law to implement and execute a mandate established by law; and

WHEREAS, in a Yap State Leadership meeting held on January 19, 2012, the State Leadership was informed that an investment proposal by ETG has been offered to the Government of the State of Yap in the form of an investment agreement to be signed by the Governor of the State of Yap; and

WHEREAS, the Legislature on January 26, 2012 adopted Yap State Resolution No. 8-29 entitled “A Resolution Respectfully requesting Governor to defer signing an investment agreement proposed by the ETG until such time when the people of the State of Yap have been fully informed about the proposal, and until the State Leadership has unanimously agreed that such proposal will be in the best interest and welfare of the people of the State of Yap.”; and

WHEREAS, on April 3, 2012 the Legislature was presented with a petition signed by more than 1,500 people and residents of the State of Yap plus those currently living abroad studying and/or working, and interested parties expressing “concerns regarding the development and investments being proposed by the Chinese Exhibition and Travel Group (ETG) for the State of Yap”, and requesting that “no further agreements and promises, …, be made by the Government and the Leadership of Yap, on said proposal by ETG until such time that the people of Yap have duly expressed their free will on said proposal …”; and

WHEREAS, the Governor and the Council of Pilung and Council of Tamol were also similarly petitioned by the more than 1,500 petitioners to consider their concerns over the ETG investment proposal; and

WHEREAS, on April 19, 2012 the Legislature adopted Yap State Resolution No. 8-31 entitled “A Resolution Respectfully requesting the Exhibition Travel Group (ETG) to refrain from engaging in any further action in the State of Yap in connection with its plans to invest in the State until the Legislature has authorized that ETG may engage in further action in the State in connection with their investment plans to insure that such plans will be in the best interest and welfare of the people  of the State of Yap.”; and

WHEREAS, on May 3, 2012 the petitioners submitted to the Leadership of the State of Yap and ETG Project Manager Mr. Matti Dubi, additional signatures increasing the number of individuals to almost 1,700, humbly requesting that their concerns about ETG investment proposal not be dismissed by the State Leadership; and

WHEREAS, on May 21, 2012 a Townhall Meeting was conducted by the Office of the Governor during which the people expressed their concerns about the ETG investment proposal and the need to know more about the proposal before further actions on the proposal are taken by ETG and the State; and

WHEREAS, on July 31, 2012 a petition by Women of Yap was presented to the Leadership of the State of Yap including the Yap Delegation to the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, asking the Leadership “to put a stop to this Proposed Development of ETG”, that the “Bpin nu waab”, the women of Yap, “strongly feel that this investment [ETG] is not right for the state of Yap”; and

WHEREAS, on August 9, 2012 another petition signed by concerned people of the State of Yap was presented to the Legislature and the rest of the Leadership of Yap to “respectfully tell you members of the Council of Pilung, Governor of Yap State, Speaker of the 8th Yap State Legislature, and the members of the Council of Tamol NOT to permit the Exhibition and Travel Group (ETG) to invest in the whole State of Yap” that ETG “investment is not good for Yap and her future generations”; and

WHEREAS, on August 23, 2012 the Concerned Citizens Against ETG (Group) representing the concerned people and residents of Yap including the Women of Yap, met with the Legislature to formally ask the Legislature to hear the concerns of the people brought forth by the Group to stop ETG from investing in the State; and

WHEREAS, the Group thereafter met and presented a traditional “bayul” to Governor to help the people of Yap and stop ETG investment in the State; and

WHEREAS, the Group also tendered another traditional “bayul” to traditional Chief Steven Mar to stop ETG from investing in the State of Yap; and

WHEREAS, on September 13, 2012 the Group again met with the Governor, Legislature and the Council of Pilung to ask them to stop ETG from investing in the State of Yap; and

WHEREAS, custom and tradition of the State of Yap mandate that when the people speak or voice their concerns and ask their leaders for help, the leaders must listen to what the people have to say; and

WHEREAS, based on the chronological events listed above, the Legislature believes that the State has legitimate and reasonable grounds to deny the approval of the ETG Master Plan as required by section 3.1 of the ETG investment agreement which provides that “Unless State has legitimate and reasonable grounds and notifies ETG by written notice, State shall not deny or delay the approval of the Master Plan.”; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Eight Legislature of the State of Yap, Second Regular Session, 2012, that on behalf of the people of the State of Yap the Legislature is respectfully calling on the Governor to submit a written notice to Exhibition Travel Group (ETG) to void the Investment Agreement between the State and ETG and to disapprove any and all master plans from ETG for investment in Yap State; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor; ETG Chairman, Mr. Deng Hong; ETG designated local agent Mr. Yang Gang; Concerned Citizens Against ETG Spokesperson; Governor’s cabinet members; Yap Women’s Association President Julie Yoruw; Traditional Chief Steven Mar; the Chairman of the Council of Pilung; and the Chairman of the Council of Tamol.

Date: 09/18/2012          Introduced by: /s/John E. Mooteb    

John E. Mooteb

Date: 09/18/2012          Introduced by:/s/Clement Mulalap  

Date: 09/18/2012          Introduced by:/s/Jesse Raglmar-SUBOLMAR

Date: 09/18/2012          Introduced by: /s/Sabino S. Sauchomal

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