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Philippine Handed-Over a $50,000.00 Check to the FSM To Assist the Relief Efforts in Chuuk and Yap
Press Release #1506-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
June 25, 2015

Palikir, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs):  
On June 23, 2015, Mr. Marciano De Borja, Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines in Guam and also accredited to the FSM on consular matters, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, T.H. Yosiwo P. George. The purpose of the call was to hand-over a check of $50,000 US Dollars as a monetary assistance from the Government of the Philippines towards the typhoon Maysak recovery efforts in Chuuk and Yap. more>>

President Christian receives Esther P. Kia’aina, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas
Press Release #1506-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
June 17, 2015

In a courtesy call held in the morning of Tuesday June 9th, His Excellency Peter M. Christian, President of the FSM, received Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina of the Department of Interior on the occasion of her first official visit to the Federated Stated of Micronesia since her appointment to the post of Assistant Secretary.

The occasion provided an opportunity to affirm personal and professional acquaintances, and also for exchanges and discussions on important issues and common interests; specifically, as it relates to the role of the Department of Interior in Compact management and implementation.

President Christian confirmed that Assistant Secretary Kia’aina’s visit to the FSM was very timely given the renewed interest of the country to accelerate progress towards strengthened and effective infrastructure development. more>>

The 2015 FSM Investment Guide completed and ready to be launched
Press Release #1506-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
June 08, 2015

(Palikir, FSM Department of Resources and Development)

After one year of national and state consultations, the Division of Trade and Investment has recently completed the publication of the 2015 FSM Investment Guide, a promotion and marketing document that aims at providing useful information on investing in the FSM and guiding any potential local or foreign investor in setting up a business in the FSM. more>>

President Christian attended the 7th Pacific Leaders Summit (PALM7) in Fukushima Prefecture

Press Release #1505-09
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 29, 2015

President Peter M. Christian visited Japan from 20th to 23rd of May to attend the 7th Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders’ Summit (PALM 7) along with other leaders and representatives of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) countries. This was his first overseas visit soon after taking office as the 8th President of the Federated States of Micronesia. more>>

President Christian received H.E. Li Jie, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China
Press Release #1505-08
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 29, 2015


On May 27, 2015, His Excellency Li Jie, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China paid his first courtesy call on H.E. Peter M. Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia in his conference room. During the courtesy call on the President in Palikir, Ambassador Li
presented a congratulatory message from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to H.E. Christian as the 8th President of the Federated States of Micronesia. more>>

President Christian nominates Dennis K. Yamase, FSM Supreme Court Chief Justice
Press Release #1505-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 27, 2015

FSMIS (May 27, 2015)
: Federated States of Micronesia President Peter M. Christian has submitted to Congress the nomination of Mr. Dennis K. Yamase to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia. more>>

Mr. Joses Gallen, Secretary of Justice and Mr. Lukner Weilbacher, Secretary of Transportation Communication and Infrastructure
Press Release #1505-07
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 27, 2015

FSMIS (May 27, 2015): Federated States of Micronesia President Peter M. Christian has transmitted two more Cabinet member nominations for consideration of Congress this on-going regular session. more>>

Pohnpei Legislative delegation pays courtesy call on President Christian
Press Release #1505-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 15, 2015

FSMIS (May 14, 2015): A delegation of thirteen respective Senators from the Pohnpei State Legislature paid a courtesy call on the Federated States of Micronesia President Peter M. Christian and Vice President Yosiwo P. George in the morning of May 14th at the President’s Conference Room.

Welcoming the delegation, President Christian conveyed greetings to the State officials and spoke about the importance of commitment to solidifying mutual trust and harmony between State and National Governments. more>>

SBOC Survey Indicates 2 Out of Every 3 FSM Households Struggle to Make Ends Meet
Press Release #1505-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 15, 2015

The FSM Office of Statistics, Budget and Economic Management, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management (SBOC) has released its latest publication of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2013/14. The survey shows that about 63% (2 out of every 3) of households in the FSM in 2013/14 incurred dissaving; in other words, their expenditure is more than their income. These are typically households whose annual income is below $15,000. Additionally, in 2014 prices, average monthly household disposable income has declined from $1,433 to $1,092 indicating a 3.3% loss of purchasing power each year since 200. more>>

President Christian engages in first official discussion with Congress through the “Committee to Wait on the President”
Press Release #1505-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 13 2015

FSMIS (May 12, 2015)
: On May 12, 2015, Federated States of Micronesia President Peter M. Christian and Vice President Yosiwo P. George sat down with the Special Congressional Committee to discuss priority agenda that the administration would recommend to Congress for action during its First Regular Session.  more>>

Peter M. Christian eighth FSM President, Wesley W. Simina as Speaker
Press Release #1505-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 12 2015


FSMIS (May 11, 2015)
: In spite of very challenging weather conditions earlier today, the Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) started its first regular session in Palikir during which the fourteen Senators  organized the new leadership of the National Government.

All elected Members to the new assembly were found eligible by the Credential Committee chaired by then Senator-elect David W. Panuelo. As a result, the Members took their oath of office administered by Associate Justice of the FSM Supreme Court, the Honorable Beauleen Carl-Worswick, and went on to elect the Speaker, Vice Speaker and Floor Leader.


 Departing from tradition, the 19th Congress elected Wesley W. Simina of Chuuk State to be the Speaker -- the first time a four-year at large Senator would occupy the seat in the young history of the Nation. more>>

Current status of the Maysak relief fund with FSM Finance
Press Release #1505-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
May 01, 2015


FSMIS (May 01, 2015)
: As of today, May 1st, the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Finance and Administration confirms the receipt of the following donations for deposit in the Maysak disaster relief fund. more>>


The Government of Japan turns over MV Four Winds to FSM Government, Pohnpei
Press Release #1504-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 27, 2015

FSMIS (April 27, 2015)
: A handover ceremony was held for the MV Four Winds at the Pohnpei State commercial dock on April 24, 2015.  

At the very start of the formal ceremony, Japan Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, H.E. Masaki Sakai, presented a letter of condolences from Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to FSM President Manny Mori. The letter relates to the recent experience of loss of life and property in the FSM States of Chuuk and Yap as a result of Super-typhoon Maysak.   more>>

Visit of the European Union Ambassador to the FSM
Press Release #1504-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 30, 2015

Palikir, Pohnpei: April 27, 2015 -
  His Excellency Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador of the European Union to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was accompanied by his staff Mr. Martin Chong on a visit to the FSM from 23 – 29, April 2015. The purpose of Ambassador Jacobs’ visit to the FSM was to discuss issues surrounding the relationship of cooperation between the European Union and FSM. Ambassador Jacobs is cross-accredited to the FSM from Suva, Fiji. He presented his credentials to President Mori in May of 2013. more>>

 

TYPHOON MAYSAK Update


The People’s Republic of China donates $500,000 to FSM Maysak response efforts
Press Release #1504-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 22, 2015


FSMIS (April 22, 2015)
: In the presence of the Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori, FSM Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert and the People's Republic of China Ambassador to the FSM, H.E. Li Jie, undertook a signing ceremony in Palikir on April 21st.

The PRC Government is providing $500,000 US dollar to the FSM to assist recovery measures for the people of Chuuk and Yap who have been mercilessly affected by Super Typhoon Maysak.

In an ad-lib statement made during the ceremony, the Ambassador mentioned that China gives "eyes and ears" to the disaster development and has decided to remit the amount as a kind gesture of support. He also stated his belief that recovery for Chuuk and Yap will take some time. more>>
 

Yap High School Upward Bound students interact with FSM President Mori
Press Release #1504-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 22, 2015


FSMIS (April 22, 15)
: On April 21, 2015, fourteen Upward Bound students from Yap High School, along with two teacher chapersons, made a visit at the Office of the President.

Mr. Serphin Ileisuyalo, one of the accompanying teachers, explained that the program familiarizes high school students with the College of Micronesia main campus and allows for visits to the FSM National Government branches, departments, and offices to boast learning exposures to the ways of their government. more>>

President Manny Mori requests a United States Emergency Declaration in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Maysak
Press Release #1504-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 21, 2015

Palikir, Pohnpei – Typhoon relief effort operations continue in the FSM states of Chuuk and Yap following Super Typhoon Maysak, which passed through the FSM states between March 29 and April 1, 2015.  Since passage of the typhoon, continuing damage assessments have revealed widespread devastation in these two states, prompting FSM President Manny Mori to send a letter to U.S. President Barrack Obama requesting a U.S. Presidential Disaster Declaration for the affected areas of the Federated States of Micronesia.  If approved, under provisions of the Amended Compact, a United States Presidential Disaster Declaration (PDD) would pave the way for access to a more robust, and much needed support package to address immediate relief needs, and medium and long term recovery and reconstruction efforts.  Such assistance would supplement the already ongoing efforts of the US government to assist FSM. more>>

Congress wants $2.8M public project, $3M FSM Trust Fund and $1.5M Typhoon relief in Chuuk and Yap

Press Release #1504-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 13, 2015

On April 11, 2015, the Federated States of Micronesia Eighteenth Congress ended its two-day sixth special session. Among actions taken was an appropriation of $1.5 million towards typhoon relief assistance for the FSM States of Chuuk and Yap, and $100,000 for Vanuatu. more>>

..................................Current Update on Typhoon Maysak

President Mori vetoes $2.8 million public project funding due to weak planning

Press Release #1503-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
March 11, 2015


Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori has vetoed Congressional Act No. 18-123 that would allocate funds to more public projects throughout the FSM. more>>

World Cancer Day
Press Release #1503-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
March 11, 2015


With banners waving and flyers posted, on February 04, 2015, the FSM Department Health and Social Affairs sponsored a fun-filled and educational day in observance of World Cancer Day. The global theme in commemorating the day was “Cancer is not beyond us”. Mr. Marcus Samo, the acting Secretary for the Department of Health reemphasized the theme in his opening statement and further pushed his talking points on healthy living lifestyles and getting early screening. more>>

President Mori signs “Shark Bill” Legislation into Law
Press Release #1502-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 27, 2015

February 4th, 2015, marked the passing of CB18-134 by the National Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), otherwise known as the “Shark Bill”. This bill was the result of collaborative efforts between key National Government departments, led by FSM President Manny Mori, and key committee members, leadership, and staff of the FSM National Congress.  Significant contributors to the bill’s successful passage include the Micronesian Conservation Trust, numerous other conservation and grass roots advocates, and proponents from FSM State and Municipal Governments. more>>

Micronesia Conservation Trust Commends Federated States of Micronesia Action to Protect Sharks
Press Release #1502-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 27, 2015


Vast swath of western Pacific closed to commercial shark fishing


WASHINGTON—The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) passed legislation Feb. 4 to create a shark sanctuary in the country’s full exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which covers nearly 3 million square kilometers (1.1 million square miles) in the western Pacific Ocean.  President Manny Mori transmitted and assigned the legislation as Public Law No. 18-108 today. more>>

Chuuk State Postpones its Plebiscite on Political Status 
Press Release #1502-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 25, 2015

(Office of the President) - On January 27, 2015, President Mori issued an Executive Order that organized and established an FSM Task Force on National Unity whose purpose is to assist and educate Chuukese voters on the question of whether Chuuk State should or should not secede from the Federation.  The question was to be placed on the ballot during the National Election on March 3, 2015. more>>

Infection Control and Prevention for Ebola Virus Disease held in Pohnpei February 9-11, 2015
Press Release #1502-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 25, 2015

 
(FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs) - Teams of heath care workers recently gathered in Pohnpei for a workshop on Infection Control and Prevention for Ebola Virus Disease. more>>

The First Official Meeting to Promote National Unity 
Press Release #1502-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 03, 2015

The first official meeting to promote National Unity took place at the College of Micronesia (COM) National campus on January 29, 2015.  Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Emanuel (Manny) Mori met with COM staff and students to exchange views on the Chuuk State Government’s Secession Initiative. more>>

The Eighth States and National Leadership Conference (SNLC) held at the College of Micronesia (COM) FSM Gym in Palikir, Pohnpei
Press Release #1502-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
February 03, 2015


The Eighth SNLC officially opened on Thursday morning, January 29, 2015, at the College of Micronesia (COM) FSM Gym, Palikir, Pohnpei.  During the two-day conference, the SNLC Principals discussed critical issues for the economic and social development of the FSM including: 2023 Framework and Action Plan, investment facilitation, policy drafts on tourism development and debt management, Center for Micronesian Empowerment, and overseas development assistance through the FSM-China bilateral on trade and commerce.  more>>

President Mori Received Letter of Credence for Ambassador Thomas Ossowski of the Federative Republic of Germany
Press Release #1512-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
January 29, 2015


In the afternoon of January 28, 2015, President Emanuel Mori received the Letter of Credence for Ambassador Thomas Ossowski, officially accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Germany to the Federated States of Micronesia, with residence in Manila, Philippines.

The brief ceremony was followed by a courtesy call which provided an opportunity for exchanges of views on issues of common interests between the two countries. more>>

Ambassador of the Republic of India presents his Letter of Credence to President Manny Mori
Press Release #1512-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
January 26, 2015


On January 20, 2015, H.E. Lalduhthlana Ralte presented his Letter of Credence to President Emanuel Manny Mori at the President’s conference room, accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India.

In welcoming Ambassador Ralte, President Mori congratulated him on his new appointment and noted the working relationship between India and FSM that was established in 1996.  President expressed his regret for not attending the India-Pacific Islands Cooperation Forum in Suva, Fiji due to prior commitments. more>>

President Mori receives China Ambassador to FSM, H.E. Li Jie
Press Release #1512-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
January 26, 2015

On January 21, 2015, H.E. Li Jie, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the FSM presented the letter of recall and his letter of credence to President Emanuel (Manny) Mori in the President’s conference room after arriving on January 19, 2015. As a resident Ambassador in the FSM, Ambassador Li presented the copy of his credentials to Secretary Lorin Robert on the same day of 19 January to assume his function as the head of the Chinese Mission in the FSM.

President Mori opened dialogue by accepting and welcoming Ambassador Li to the FSM as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the FSM. He further acknowledged and thanked the Chinese Government for the speedy replacement and indicated that it is an indication of a friendly cooperation and good working relations between the two governments. more>>

President Mori receives Secretary General Meg Taylor of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Press Release #1512-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
January 22, 2015


On January 20, 2015, President Emanuel Mori receives Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Palikir, Pohnpei of the Federated States of Micronesia.
President Mori welcomed Secretary General Taylor to the FSM and thanked her for taking the time to travel to the Northern part of the Pacific, especially here in the FSM. 

Last year in Palau the Forum Leaders endorsed the appointment of Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, as the new Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat for a three year term. Secretary General Taylor is the first woman to be selected to hold the office of Secretary General. This is her first visit to the FSM, after assuming her post, as an introductory visit to the FSM.  The visit to the FSM is based on her commitment to visit all member states in early part of 2015. She was accompanied by her staff, Ms. Desna Solofa, Director Political Governance and Security Program.

During her Call on the President, Secretary General Taylor expressed her gratitude and thanked the President for making the time to meet her.  She briefly shared with the President her vision and priorities during her first term, especially on the issue related to the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism.  more>>

Officials from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China visited the FSM
Press Release #1412-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
December 31, 2014


Palikir, Pohnpei (Department of Foreign Affairs): 
A delegation comprised of four members from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China visited FSM from 22-25 December 2014. The delegation was headed by Mr. Fang Qiuchen, Deputy Director General of the Department of American and Oceanian Affairs. The delegation’s visit to the FSM was at the request of President Mori during the Second China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum in Guangzhou, China of November 2013. The purpose of their visit was to discuss the possibility of establishing a Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade between FSM and China to promote and enhance economic and trade relations. more>>

Working Visit by President Mori
Press Release #1412-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
December 18, 2014

President Mori and his delegation arrived in Tel Aviv on the morning of November 30 to begin a five-day working visit in Israel to strengthen the relations between Israel and FSM and seek technical assistance to address food security and improve FSM’s economic performance. Traveling with the President were First Lady Emma S. Mori, FSM Vice Speaker Paliknoa Welly and Mrs. Shrue Welly, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, Director of Office of Environment and Emergency Management Andrew Yatilman, Ambassador to USA Asterio Takesy, Department of Resources and Development Trade Adviser Roger Mori, Chuuk Legislature Speaker Innocenti Oneisom, and Chuuk State Chief Justice Camillo Noket.

Straight after lunch, President and his delegation met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his senior staff and advisers at the latter’s conference room that lasted more than forty minutes. He was quite effusive in his expression of welcome to President Mori and his delegation. “I am so happy to welcome you, Mr. President and your entire delegation to Israel. I am very pleased and gratified with the long relationship between Israel and your country. Our countries are physically very far apart but our hearts are very close,” said Netanyahu. “We want to renew and strengthen our long historical relations based on shared values, but we look more to the future,” he added. more>>

Two Papua New Guinean Drifters rescued by Yapese fishing vessel
Press Release #1412-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
December 03, 2014
On November 23, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Yap Seagull found a small stranded boat drifting in the FSM EEZ with 2 men from Papua New Guinea (PNG), Michael Bolong, 54, and Ambros Wavut, 28, located approximately 116 nautical miles south of Kapingamarangi Island.

The Yapese fishing vessel came across the PNG castaways after the men had been adrift for months. The Yap Seagull crewmen took the two men aboard the vessel and delivered them to the nearest port, arriving in Pohnpei on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at around 2:00 p.m. The drifters were cleared by appropriate authorities and claimed that a third person who was with them did not survive the ordeal. The third person, Francis Dimansol, 48 years old, allegedly died from severe health conditions that occurred while out at sea. more>>

Collaboration between the Micronesian Trade and Economic Community (MTEC) and the Melanesian Spearhead Group
Press Release #1412-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
December 3, 2014


At the invitation of Mr. Peter Forau, Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Secretary Marion Henry, in his capacity as the Interim Secretariat of the Micronesian Trade and Economic Community took part in the 2nd MSG Trade Ministers’ Meeting on November 26-29, 2014, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, as a special guest. more>>

President Mori meets President Xi in Nadi, Fiji
Press Release #1411-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 27, 2014

After attending the G20 meeting in Australia and visiting New Zealand, China’s President, His Excellency Xi Jinping, visited Nadi, Fiji from 21-23 November to meet with the eight leaders of the Pacific island countries that have diplomatic ties with China (Fiji, FSM, Samoa, PNG, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue).  President Xi’s visit to Nadi is historic and indicates China’s increasing support and strong friendship with these eight Pacific island countries.  The visit was the first time for China at the Presidential level and was also the first meeting between President Xi and Pacific island leaders since taking up the Presidency in March 2013. more>>

FSM Celebrates 28th National Day, and 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations  with China
Press Release #1411-07
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 27, 2014


November 14, 2014 (FSM Embassy, Beijing)
In honor of the 28th National Day of the Federated States of Micronesia and the 25th Anniversary of her diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Ambassador Akillino H. Susaia hosted a reception at the Noble Club garden in Beijing to commemorate the two occasions.  Ambassador Susaia delivered the welcoming statement for the event expressing gratitude to the honored guests, friends, businesses who were present. more>>

President Mori’s working visit to Japan
Press Release #1411-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 14, 2014


President Emanuel Mori visited Japan on November 3rd to 9th 2014 to attend the 28th Anniversary of the FSM Independence Celebration and to receive a Honorary Doctorate Degree from Sophia University, a catholic university in Tokyo run by the Jesuits.  The President’s schedule in Tokyo also included an audience with His Majesty, the Emperor, and a working dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The President also had lunch with the Chairman of Soft Bank, a company currently have investments in the FSM. Chairman Pete Christian of the FSM Congress ad some of President’s staff joined the President during his working dinner with Prime Minister Abe. The President also visited Nagoya, Kochi and Fukuoka to meet with the local government leaders, business community and members of their respective chambers of commerce, as well as welcoming the new FSM honorary consul general in Fukuoka, Mr. Wataru Aso. more>>

TRAINING CONDUCTED IN THE USE OF GIS IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
Press Release #1411-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 14, 2014


Kolonia, Pohnpei -
On October 17 and 21-22, final workshops for a project entitled "Geospatial Information Development and Application to Support Effective Decision Making in the Federated States of Micronesia" were held at the National campus of COM-FSM. The workshops organizers were Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), Island Research & Education Initiative (iREi), and the College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM). more>>

FSM Citizens in Guam provide feedback for 2023 Planning Committee
Press Release #1411-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 14, 2014


The Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori led the 2023 Planning Committee and its Secretariat in a public forum for FSM citizens in Guam, held at the Astumbo Gymnasium in Dededo, Guam on November 1st. more>>

FSM to Represent the Western Pacific Region on the Bureau of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

Press Release #1411-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 05, 2014

During the Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) held in Moscow, Russia from October 13-19, 2014, Assistant Secretary for Health Mr. Marcus Samo from the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs, was nominated and approved by COP6 as the new member on the Bureau of the FCTC representing the parties to the convention from the Western Pacific Region.   more>>

Two reports on children’s issues in FSM launched today
Press Release #1411-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 05, 2014


POHNPEI
, 3 November 2013 The National Government of Micronesia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched two new publications of importance for children.

The first report, titled ‘Children in the Federated States of Micronesia: An Atlas of Social Indicators’, presents a comprehensive picture of the situation of children in the country. It contains a wealth of data on indicators of child well-being across different sectors including demography, poverty and inequality, education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, disability, and child protection. more>>

Vice-President Alik Returns from Official Visit to China
Press Release #1410-12
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 21, 2014


October 20, 2014 (FSM Embassy, Beijing)
Vice-President Alik L. Alik has returned from his Official Visit to the People’s Republic of China at the invitation from China’s Vice-President Li Yuanchao.  Vice- President Alik lead a five-member delegation to China from 13-18 October 2014.  The visit was scheduled to coincide with this year’s 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between FSM and China on September 11, 1989. more>>

Officials attend airport ceremony unveiling new welcome sign which celebrates state shark protection
Press Release #1410-11
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 21, 2014


(Governor Ehsa and Micronesia Leaders Call for Swift Passage of National Shark Sanctuary)

On October 20, 2014, Pohnpei Governor John Ehsa, Chief of Staff Falcam on behalf of FSM President Emanuel Mori, and other state leaders attended a ceremony at Pohnpei International Airport unveiling a new welcome sign which celebrates the state’s shark protections.  With the passage of Chuuk’s law in May, all four states now fully protect sharks in their waters.  A draft bill is currently being reviewed by the FSM National Government which would create a shark sanctuary in FSM’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). more>>

President Mori accepts Letter of Credence for Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Press Release #1410-08
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 21, 2014

In an official ceremony held on Monday October 20, 2014, President Emanuel Mori received and accepted the Letter of Credence for His Excellency Nikolay R. Kudashev, accrediting him as the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Federated States of Micronesia, with residence in Manila, Philippines. Following the presentation, the Ambassador paid a courtesy call on President Mori and discussions and exchanges of views were held centering on
issues of importance and of common interests to both countries. more>>

FSM and US Holds 2014 Joint Committee Meeting (JCM)
Press Release #1410-09
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 21, 2014


On October 7, 2014, delegates from the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America congregated in Honolulu, Hawaii on the occasion of the 2014 Annual Joint Committee Meeting, hosted by the US and held at the Center for Excellence on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. more>>

The Ground-Breaking Ceremony of the Okat Bridge in Kosrae
Press Release #1410-10
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 21, 2014


On October 7, 2014, Kosrae State: The Honorable Alik L. Alik, Vice-President of the Federated States of Micronesia, represented the FSM National Government to the Ground-Breaking Ceremony of the Okat Bridge Project in Kosrae.

In his remark, Vice-President Alik was first conveyed the FSM’s heartfelt congratulations on the 65th Anniversary of the founding in 1949 of the People’s Republic of China. He stated that at 65th years of age, China of today is a vibrant nation that reflects its early promises with many achievements that contributed to significant strides in the economic and social well-being of its people.

He stated that the joint observance of this anniversary is an indicative of the importance our two countries attach to the special event and the strong friendship existing between the FSM and China. The Vice-President also highlighted in his remark, the genesis of the establishment of diplomatic relations through a signing of the joint communiqué between the FSM and China twenty-five years ago and which it remains strong and cooperative.  more>>

Ambassador of Turkey Presents Letter of Credence to President Mori
Press Release #1410-07
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 20, 2014

In the morning of October 16, 2014, His Excellency Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric of Turkey presented his Letter of Credence to President Emanuel Mori officially accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to the Federated States of Microesia, with residence in Tokyo, Japan.
At the outset, the President welcomed the Ambassador to the FSM and congratulated him for his successful accreditation as the Ambassador of Turkey to the FSM.  Acknowledging Turkey as a major player, not only in the Middle East, but internationally as well, the President affirmed his desire for the strengthening of relations between the two countries.  He also acknowledged Turkey’s continuing effort to enhance engagement with the Pacific Islands Forum countries, through such mechanism as the Turkey-PIFS Forum Ministerial Meeting, the recent of which was held in Turkey in June of this year.  Sentiments of appreciation for assistance provided by Turkey were conveyed as well.  more>>

President Mori Receives Credentials for the Ambassador of Korea
Press Release #1410-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 17, 2014


On October 14, 2014, His Excellency KIM Seong-in presented his letter of credence to President Emanuel Mori, accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the FSM based in Suva, Fiji.

In welcoming the Ambassador, President Mori congratulated him on his new appointment and expressed his appreciation towards the Korean Government for the provided assistance in areas of human resource development under Korea International Cooperation Agency. more>>

President Mori Receives Credentials for the Ambassador of Italy
Press Release #1410-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 17, 2014


In the afternoon of October 16, 2014, President Emanuel Mori received the Letter of Credence for His Excellency
Pier Francesco ZAZO officially accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to the Federated States of Micronesia, with residence in Canberra, Australia.

The brief ceremony was followed by a courtesy call, allowing opportunity to exchange views on issues of importance and of common interests. After conveying sentiments of welcome to the Ambassador, President Mori thanked him for visiting the FSM and congratulated him for a successful accreditation.  more>>

New Post Office opens in Kosrae
Press Release #1410-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 17, 2014

Leaders from the National Government and Kosrae State Government along with Kosrae church leaders, municipal mayors, and its people gathered at Tofol on Friday October 10, 2014 to witness the opening ceremony of the new Post Office which took place at 10am. The ceremony began with the state anthem and the raising of the colors by the Kosrae State police officers followed by an invocation by Reverend Solomon Mongkeya.

In her opening remarks, Postmaster General, Ginger Porter Mida, thanked the ALMIGHTY FATHER in Heaven for his love and guidance for the special day and His blessings in making the work of building a new post office for the people of Kosrae. She also thanked the Kosrae State Government for providing the land property purposely for the Post Office. She thanked President Manny Mori for his support in building the postal facility and the FSM Congress for funding the project as well.   more>>                 

1.3 million US Federal Grant for Five Years Project Awarded to the Department of Health & Social Affairs
Press Release #1410-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 17, 2014


Dr. Vita A. Skilling, Secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs accepted the $501,000.00 first year grant award from the US Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration to implement a five year project “Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children’s” LAUNCH to be piloted in Pohnpei State starting October 1, 2014. more>>

FSM National Government Fiscal year 2015 budget of $54.5 million signed into law
Press Release #1410-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 1, 2014


FSMIS (September 30, 2014):
After the Federated States of Micronesia Eighteenth Congress passed the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the FSM National Government on September 23, 2014, the Executive Branch undertook the necessary review over a six-day period to advise the President correctly before making decision on the Budget Act. Vice President Alik L. Alik, on behalf of President Manny Mori who is in New York for the purpose of the United Nations General Assembly, signed Congressional Act No. 18-92 into law on September 29th, two days before the new fiscal year kicks in. more>>

Forum Island Countries (FICs) and Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) to intensify negotiations for the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus)
Press Release #1410-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
October 17, 2014


Palikir, Pohnpei (Information Services: October 13, 2014)


At the 8th Intersessional Meeting for PACER Plus negotiations, which took place in Wellington on September 29-October 3, 2014, FICs and ANZ continued discussion on Labor Mobility, Development Assistance and Economic Cooperation, Trade in Services and Investment, Legal and Institutional issues, trade and revenue data information exchange, and product specific rules. more>>

 

Pacific Leaders sit down with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Press Release #1409-13
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 30, 2014


(September 26, 2014): Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori attended a meeting held between the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum at the margins of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting was co-chaired by the UN Secretary-General and the President of Palau, Mr. Tommy Remengesau Jr., who is the current Chair of the Forum. more>>

President Mori meets with Japan Prime Minister Abe along with Pacific Leaders in New York
Press Release #1409-14
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 30, 2014


(September 25, 2014) The first Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting was held today at the margins of the 69th UNGA. The meeting was convened by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss issues of mutual interest to the Pacific and Japan under the umbrella of the PALM. Pacific Leaders thanked Prime Minister Abe for the timely opportunity to exchange views. more>>

President Mori Addresses Climate Change and Other Key Issues at UN General Assembly
Press Release #1409-12
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 29, 2014

 
(New York, September 26, 2014): In his last participation at the United Nation General Assembly, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Emanuel Mori addressed the 69th UNGA Friday afternoon, referencing recent world events and raising issues of importance to the FSM and other small island developing States. In particular, he focused on the theme of climate change and again highlighted Micronesia’s proposal to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the greenhouse gases HFCs.

President Mori first extended his sympathies to the families of the victims of recent tragedies, including the passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, those beheaded by ISIS and victims of the Ebola epidemic and of natural disasters worldwide. more>>

President Mori Focuses on Solutions at Climate Summit
Press Release #1409-10
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 26, 2014


 
(New York, September 23, 2014): On Tuesday, President Emanuel Mori participated in the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, an event intended to mobilize international action and ambition on climate change.

President Mori focused his remarks on potential solutions and actions that can be taken immediately and produce results quickly. Specifically, he said he believed we can still prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change with innovative actions, such as using the Montreal Protocol to phase down the powerful greenhouse gases HFCs. more>>

FSM to implement the new Unified Revenue Administration system
Press Release #1409-11
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 26, 2014


FSMIS (September 19, 2014):
On September 18, 2014, the Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Alik L. Alik convened the Executive Steering Committee (ESC) for the FSM Tax Reform Program at the President’s Cabinet Room, Palikir, Pohnpei. more>>

FSM set to operationalize the new Unified Revenue Administration system
Press Release #1409-08
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 19, 2014


FSMIS (September 19, 2014):
On September 18, 2014, the Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Alik L. Alik convened the Executive Steering Committee (ESC) for the FSM Tax Reform Program at the President’s Cabinet Room, Palikir, Pohnpei.

The ESC consists of the Vice President as chairman and the four Governors of the State Governments in the FSM: Governor Sebastian Anefal, Yap State; Governor Johnson Elimo, Chuuk State; Governor John Ehsa, Pohnpei State, and Governor Lyndon Jackson, Kosrae State. more>>

More than $600 thousand SAMHSA grant awarded to nine service providers in the FSM
Press Release #1409-09
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 19, 2014


On September 4, 2014, Dr. Vita A. Skilling, Secretary of the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Health and Social Affairs approved the use of the $644, 178 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block grant to nine applicants to provide prevention and treatment services on substance use throughout the FSM states as recommended by the FSM Behavioral Health & Wellness Advisory Council.   more>>

Vice President Alik meets with Committee to Wait on the President
Press Release #1409-06
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 17, 2014


FSMIS (September 17, 14):
The Fifth Regular Session of the Eighteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) opened on September 15, 2014 at the Congress Chamber in Palikir with ten Member of Congress in attendance.  FSM Congress Speaker Dohsis Halbert appointed Vice Speaker Paliknoa K. Welly as Chairman and Senators Joseph J. Urusemal, Tony H. Otto and David W. Panuelo as members of a special committee tasked to consult with the Executive Branch regarding the session.

In the morning of September 16th, the Congressional Special Committee, better known as the “Committee to Wait on the President”, met with Vice President Alik L. Alik and members of the President’s Cabinet to allow the two branches the opportunity to consult on priority matters for the session. more>>

FSM Defends Additional Continental Shelf Claim
Press Release #1409-07
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 17, 2014


New York – August 29, 2014.  On August 25, 2014, the Delegations from Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands began meeting with the 6-man Sub-Commission in the United Nations that examines the Ontong Java Plateau Submission in which the Federated States of Micronesia claims additional continental shelf over what is known as the Ontong Java Plateau south of Kapingamarangi Island.  The joint claim made before the United Nations Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) in New York potentially increases the national territory of the submitting countries by more than 500,000 square kilometers, and FSM shall have the ability to extend its continental shelf further out into the high seas.  The joint submission is made in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which sets out the internationally-accepted formula for delineating the outer limits of continental shelf beyond the normal EEZ.  The continental shelf could hold precious minerals and rare metals that will benefit future generation of FSM citizens. more>>

Secretary Henry highlights similitudes between the MTEC’s 2015-2019 work program and the SIDS’ Samoa Pathway
Press Release #1409-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 05, 2014

Apia, Samoa (MTC Interim Secretary: September 4, 2014).


On the occasion of the historic signing of the Treaty establishing the Micronesian Trade and Economic Community (MTEC), Mr. Marion Henry, Secretary of the FSM Department of Resources and Development, and Interim Secretariat of the new organization, indicated that the newly established MTEC provides an “…institutional framework as the appropriate channel through which programs and actions related to sustainable economic development, such as the ones identified in the Outcome Document of this 3rd International Conference for SIDS, would be best delivered, implemented and monitored within our Sub-region.”  more>>

FSM Supreme Court announces the passing away of Chief Justice Yinug
Press Release #1409-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 03, 2014


It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia announces that the Honorable Martin G. Yinug, Chief Justice of the FSM Supreme Court, passed away late Sunday afternoon, August 31, 2014, in his home State of Yap.


The remains of CJ Yinug is currently in Yap State. Further details regarding the arrangements for the state funeral and the burial will be released as they become available. We ask that you keep the family of the late Chief Justice Yinug in your Prayers and thoughts.

FSM Leadership Endorsed the Outcome of the 2014 FSM Health Summit
Press Release #1409-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 04, 2014


A new milestone for the health sector in the FSM was reached on August 20, 2014 when the FSM Leadership endorsed the recommendations from the 2014 Health Summit.  The 2014 Health Summit was attended by about 200 participants from all sectors in the FSM, key stakeholders and partners.

The first two days of the Summit (August 18-19) were dedicated to technical discussions and presentations focusing on key health areas.  At the end of the second day, the technical groups presented the outcomes of their discussions and were framed into recommendation for the Leadership to endorse. more>>

World Bank Grant under IDA 17 funding Estimated at 50 million USD for FSM Fiber Optic Projects
Press Release #1409-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 04, 2014

 

Members of the World Bank Field team for the FSM fiber optic connectivity projects visited Pohnpei  and met with national government officials, FSMTC, and the FSM ICT Project Taskforce, headed by Secretary Francis Itimai of the Department of Transportation, Communication, and Infrastructure. The objectives of the visit were to consult with officials and key stakeholders and to work with the Taskforce to finalize the project plans and related documentation for consideration by the World Bank board for a project that will bring the maximum fiber connectivity in the FSM under grant funds under IDA 17 funding, which has been estimated at 50 million dollars. more>>

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau sign a landmark treaty establishing the Micronesian Trade and Economic Community
Press Release #1409-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
September 04, 2014

Apia, Samoa (MTC Interim Secretary: September 3, 2014).


On September 3, 2014, the Presidents Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Thomas Remengesau Jr. of the Republic of Palau, officially formalized their historical trade and economic bonds by signing the Treaty establishing the Micronesian Trade and Economic Community (MTEC). The signing took place in the margins of the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States, during a consultative breakfast Meeting between Pacific Islands Countries’ Leaders and Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. more>>

Mexican Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor presents credentials to President Mori

Press Release #1408-05
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
August 26, 2014


On August 25, 2014, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori received Mr. Julio Camarena-Villasenor who presented his Letters of Credence from President Enrique Pena Nieto accrediting him as Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the FSM.

President Mori welcomed Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor to the FSM and expressed his appreciation for the shared interest in keeping a strong relationship between the FSM and the Mexican States.

Ambassador Camarena-Villasenor thanked President Mori for accepting him and expressed his country’s readiness to connect FSM and Mexico together in diverse ways that will further solidify diplomatic ties between the two nations. 

Among an array of interests discussed, the Ambassador highlighted Mexico’s willingness to waive visa requirements for FSM citizens traveling to Mexico as a way of deepening interactions. President Mori welcomed this prospect and said the FSM should reciprocate this offer.  

The two officials also touched upon Mexico’s experience of economic success with the Ambassador sharing insights on his country’s interest in boosting air transportation services to the Asian region through Micronesia to maintain strengths in its tourism sector.   more>>  

Sophia University and other Japanese officials call on President Mori
Press Release #1408-04
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
August 25, 2014

On August 21, 2014, a five-member delegation from Japan, consisting of officials from Sophia University as well as distinguished members of the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) visited the Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori in Palikir.

President Mori welcomed the delegation and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to meet with them and discuss matters of mutual interest and benefit  in the education sector.  more>>

Pacific Leaders commit to a renewed framework for Pacific Regionalism, highlight Ocean stewardship and appoint a new Forum Secretariat Secretary-General
Press Release #1408-01
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
August 06, 2014


FSMIS (August 4, 2014):
 The Forty-Fifth Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting concluded in Koror, Republic of Palau on July 31st, 2014. The meeting was attended by the Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori and other Heads of State and Government from the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Australia was represented by its Deputy Prime Minister while New Zealand and the Republic of Vanuatu were represented by their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Cook Islands Minister of Finance represented his country.

FSM and the United States sign maritime boundary treaty in Palau
Press Release #1408-02
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
August 6, 2014


FSMIS (August 1, 2014):
 This morning, the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States signed a treaty that clarifies maritime boundary between the two countries.

Signing the treaty on behalf of the FSM was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert. The United States was represented by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dennise Mathieu.


During the ceremony, Secretary Robert expressed gratitude to the Forum Secretariat and President of Palau for allowing the ceremony to take place during the meeting. He also said, " I take the honor as my high duty to represent President Mori and the FSM Government at this ceremony.

President Mori holds bilateral meeting with Russian Federation envoy at the Pacific Islands Forum, Palau
Press Release #1408-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
August 6, 2014


FSMIS (July 31, 2014):
 On Monday, July 28, Federated State of Micronesia President Manny Mori held a meeting with representatives of the Russian Federation at the Palau Pacific Resort in Koror, Palau.

The meeting was President Mori's first official encounter with Russia, facilitated by the occasion of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) being held in Palau. The Russian officials have taken the opportunity to engage with Pacific countries as an invited country in the Post-Forum Dialogue between PIF Member States and their respective country and agency development partners, which will be held on Friday, August 1st.