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[Marianas Business Journal] U.S. Peace Corps Announces End To Program In Palau

Palau’s higher development status warrants closure

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By Bernadette Carreon

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM (Marianas Business Journal, April 22, 2013) – The U.S. Peace Corps program in Palau will end in August 2014, according to Palau’s office of the president.

The Peace Corps has been serving Palau for over 40 years.

On April 9, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau met with Renwick Nelson, the corps’ country director, Misia Orrukem of the Palau Peace Corps office and Tom Daley, charge d’affaires for the U.S. embassy in Palau, and was told the program will close after 47 years of operation.

Due to the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index, Palau rated a high development credit that indicated it no longer had a high need of Peace Corps services.

The Peace Corps ranks countries it serves according to a Human Development Index. The HDI measures a country’s overall income, health and education level. There are four rankings, ranging from “very high human development” to “low development.”

The Peace Corps does not provide service to countries ranked ‘very high’ and has recently begun to reduce its presence in such countries to be able to provide more focus on lower ranked countries.

“This is a mark of success in the abilities of two people to work together to achieve something good. Based on assessments and recommendations, we feel that Palau is now ready to be graduated from the program,” said Nelson. He also indicated that the ‘graduation’ is a sign of the program’s confidence in the country’s development.

“Palau will be the fourth country to graduate from the program. Three countries that have graduated are Romania, Bulgaria and Antigua,” Nelson said.

Four Peace Corps volunteers are currently working in Palau and will end their terms in August 2014.

Remengesau thanked the Peace Corps and its hundreds of volunteers who have served in Palau and elsewhere. He said the volunteers have made a significant contribution to the country and noted that they were instrumental in providing his own English language education.

Marianas Business Journal
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