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[Yap State News Brief] Micronesian Chief Executives Summit Opens In Palau

Resource: Yap State News Brief (2014/2/24)

KOROR, Palau (The Guam Daily Post/MV, Feb. 24, 2016) — The 21st Micronesian Chief Executives Summit opened at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center with Palau President Tommy Remengesau highlighting the need for a regional partnership to combat the impact of climate change.

The summit is an annual gathering of the six governors and three presidents of Micronesia—Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.

Remengesau, Chuuk Gov. Johnson Elimo, Yap Gov. Tony Ganngiyan, CNMI Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, FSM President Peter Christian, Kosrae Lt. Gov. Carson Sigrah, Pohnpei Gov. Marcelo Peterson and Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo will also discuss regional tourism and the establishment of a Micronesian center.

Before each leader made opening remarks, Remengesau accepted the chairmanship of the summit from Ganngiyan. Yap had hosted the previous summit.

In his remarks, Remengesau welcomed the chief executives to Palau, saying there is a need for a united regional effort to address the impact of climate change and El Niño in Micronesia.

The Marshalls and the FSM, he said, are already experiencing the effects of El Niño and Palau is also bracing for its effects.

“In Palau, we are experiencing forest fires, the browning of our beautiful Rock Islands and dangerously low water levels in our reservoir. I am sure that our friends are experiencing similar difficulties. Let us discuss potential partnerships to respond to this event during the week,” he added.

He said [China] is providing a $400,000 grant for a Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Future. Remengesau is hoping that the other Micronesian leaders will agree to have the center’s secretariat office in Palau.

He also asked each jurisdiction to commit to contributing $15,000 annually for the center.

The president said he hopes that the summit, which will conclude Thursday with the signing of a communiqué, will usher in cooperation in areas of regional importance.

“Together, we can improve our responses and our capacities to meet each and every one of these challenges. Let us therefore maintain and expand our regional conversation and cooperation, for our children and for our future,” he added.

Calvo said he supports regional partnership with the other jurisdictions but he is hoping that the other islands will also help Guam’s effort to re-open U.S. programs that have been closed for citizens of the Freely Associated States: Palau, the Marshalls and the FSM.

Resource: Yap State News Brief (2014/2/24)

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