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FSM Meets Major Milestones in the Implementation of its Telecommunications Project
Press Release #1705-03
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
May 19, 2017


On May 4, 2017, FSM and Palau jointly hosted a signing ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Guam to commemorate the signing of the supply contracts for the Yap, Palau, and Chuuk cable systems.
Executive officials and managers joined together to participate in a commemorative signing ceremony and ribbon cutting to celebrate the roll out of the projects.

During the ceremony, the Government of FSM together with Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (Republic of Palau), NEC Corporation (cable supplier, based in Japan), Globe (Republic of Palau’s partner, based in Philippines) and Telkom Indonesia aka Telin (FSM’s partner for the Yap cable, based in Indonesia), formally announced their collective partnership for the construction of fiber optic cable systems that will connect Yap, Chuuk (Weno) and the Republic of Palau to the rest of the world. NEC, as the cable supplier, announced that it had already begun construction and confirmed that delivery of the cable systems is currently on schedule to be completed by the end of this year.   more>>

 

17th Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) held in Guam
Press Release #1705-01
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
May 15, 2017


(FSM Consulate, Guam) – The Federated States of Micronesia hosted the 17th Micronesian Presidents Summit (MPS) at its new FSM Consulate Office in Guam on May 3, 2017.  The three Presidents of the Micronesian region, namely H.E. President Peter M. Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia, H.E. President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., of the Republic of Palau, and H.E. Hilda C. Heine, Ed. D, of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, gathered in Guam at the margins of the Micronesian Islands Forum (MIF), which was held earlier from 1 – 2 May, 2017.   The MPS is an annual event for the Micronesian Presidents to discuss issues of common interest.  more>>

 

President Peter M. Christian joined fellow island leaders at the 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum
Press Release #1705-02

Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
May 15, 2017


The four FSM Chief Executives – FSM President Peter M. Christian, Chuuk State Governor Johnson Elimo, Pohnpei State Governor Marcelo K. Peterson, and Yap State Governor Lt. Governor James Yangetmai – led their respective delegations to Tumon, Guam, for the 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum (MIF) from May 1 – 3, 2017. This was the 22nd session of the MIF as established by the 21st session of the former Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit (MCES) where the two Presidents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, one Minister representing the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, four Governors of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Territory of the Guam, Chuuk State, and Pohnpei State and one Lt. Governor of Yap State would meet annually to reaffirm their commitments on behalf of their people and their governments, to establish closer ties, ensure future discussions and agree on initiative for the benefits of members and the Micronesian Islands. more>>

 

AKILLINO HARRIS SUSAIA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AS THE FSM AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.A

 “I look forward to working with you to advance our shared agenda and deepen the friendship between our countries.” President Donald J. Trump

Another page in the history of the diplomatic relations between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States was turned on 24 April 2017 when President Donald J. Trump accepted the credentials of Mr. Akillino H. Susaia as Ambassador of the FSM to the United States in a ceremony held at the Oval Office of the White House. The two men exchanged pleasantries, after which Ambassador Susaia presented his formal statement, a copy of which is provided hereunder at length: more>>

 

John Sohl retires as FSMTC CEO; Freddy Perman named as Successor

(FSMTC) - FSM Telecommunications Corportation (FSMTC) announced today that John D. Sohl, Preident/Chief Executive Officer, has retired from the company effective April 24, 2017 and that Freddy S. Perman, currently Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer has been selected by the FSMTC Board of Directors to succeed him as President/Chief Executive Officer. more>>

 

 

Vice President Yosiwo P. George on a Working Visit to Japan
Press Release #1704-05

Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 25, 2017


The Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the FSM, paid an official working visit to Japan from April 11 to 15, 2017.  The purpose of this trip was to explore vocational opportunities in Japan and to meet with colleges, key officials, and organizations to discuss these opportunities.


The trip provided Vice President George the opportunity to thank the people and government of Japan for its economic assistance over the years – which has played an important part in the economic development of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The trip also provided opportunities to look further into strengthening cooperation in the fields of goodwill exchanges, education and capacity building of the country’s human resources. more>>

Vice President Yosiwo P. George Meetings in Guam
Press Release #1704-06

Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 25, 2017


While transiting in Guam from his working visit to Japan, the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the FSM, had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Sam Mabini, Ph.D., from the Guam Department of Labor to discuss vocational training and opportunities for our citizens through the apprentice programs at the Guam American Job Center, the Trade Academy, Apprentices Program offered by the Guam Community College. 
According to Mabini, there was grant award funding the labor department received in the amount of $2.2M for the Reemployment and System Integration National Dislocated Worker Grant.
   Currently, the grant has been used for system integration through “HireGuam” at www.hireguam to centralize availability of jobs and a pool of technical skilled workers as a one stop source to link education and training to public and private partners.  Mrs. Mabini is interested in working with the FSM to be part of this partnership.  She plans to brief Freely Associated State leaders during the Micronesia Island Forum (MIF) in May, which is scheduled to be held in Guam. more>>

His Excellency President Peter M. Christian receives credentials for Ambassador Tibor Shalev-Schlosser of Israel
Press Release #1704-03
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 10, 2017


 
On Tuesday April 4, 2017 President Peter M. Christian received Ambassador Tibor Shalev-Schlosser of Israel in a Presentation of Credential ceremony held in his conference room in Palikir, Pohnpei. In the ceremony, Ambassador Schlosser presented the letter of recall of his predecessor and his letter of credence to President Christian accrediting him as the new Israel Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Ambassador Schlosser is based in Jerusalem and his area of responsibilities covers the Pacific region, including the FSM. more>>

Official Visit to China by President Peter M. Christian
Press Release #1704-03
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 06, 2017

April 4, 2017 (FSM Embassy, Beijing) President Peter M. Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China in a first meeting of the two leaders, have agreed and reached consensus for greater cooperation.  To demonstrate each other’s value, both sides have agreed to further strengthen its partnership efforts.  In their meeting, President Christian highlighted that both FSM and China have enjoyed a non-interrupted diplomatic relationship for 28 years, surpassing the test of time, based on the strong belief in, and respect for, each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  President Christian acknowledged that like past FSM Presidents who have assured China of FSM’s recognition and respect for the One China Policy, the Christian administration will also respect and adhere to the policy. more>>

 

President Christian Receives the Letter of Credence for Ambassador of Finland
Press Release #1704-02
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 05, 2017

On Friday, March 31, 2017, President Peter M. Christian received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Jukka Siukosaari, Ambassador of Finland to the Federated States of Micronesia, in an official ceremony held at the President’s conference. He is cross-accredited from Tokyo, Japan.

President Christian congratulated Ambassador Suikosaari on his new appointment and welcomed him to the FSM, expressing his gratitude for the occasion and sharing his hope that the two countries cooperate and capitalize on issues of mutual interests at all levels. more>>

President Peter M. Christian receives Letter of Credence of Ambassador Melanie Hopkins of the United Kingdom
Press Release #1704-01
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services

April 04, 2017

On Friday March 31, 2017, in a brief ceremony held at the national complex in Palikir, President Peter M. Christian received the Letter of Credence for Ambassador Melanie Hopkins, accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), with residence in Suva, Fiji. more>>

 

 

Outgoing Belgian Ambassador pays farewell visit to FSM
Press Release #1703-03
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
March 28, 2017

On March 9th, 2017, President Peter M. Christian received a visit by His Excellency Roland Van Remoortele of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Federated States of Micronesia. The purpose of Ambassador Van Remoortele’s visit was to formally bid his farewell as the outgoing Belgian non-resident Ambassador to the FSM and also to witness the ceremony of the Presentation of Exequatur to the first-ever Honorary Consul of Belgium in the FSM, Mrs. Yvonne J. Adams-Hawkins. more>>

 

United States Accepts Mr. Akilino H. Susaia as Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia
Press Release #1703-02
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
March 28, 2017


Having been recently appointed by President Peter M. Christian to serve as Ambassador of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to the United States of America (US) on Thursday March 16, 2017, the US Embassy in Pohnpei, in accordance with Diplomatic Protocol, officially confirmed with the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs of the United States’ acceptance of Mr. Susaia’s appointment to this esteemed and important post. more>>

 

Mrs. Yvonne Adams Hawkins commissioned as First Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in the FSM
Press Release #1703-01
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
March 17, 2017


On March 10, Mrs. Yvonne J. Adams Hawkins, was officially received by Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Lorin S. Robert, as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in a brief ceremony held at the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs Conference Room. more>>

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE SUCCESSFUL HOLDING OF 2017 NATIONAL ELECTION

On the 7th of March 2017 we stood at another crossroad of our political obligations to carry out the mandate of our National Constitution that every two years the people of the Federated States of Micronesia shall choose members to the FSM Congress. 

We did. And did well.  And I take this occasion to express my “thank you” to all the people, the citizens of the Nation who went to the polls to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice.

I want also to take this opportunity to salute all the candidates whose desire to serve the Nation must not be taken lightly.

Finally, to those candidates upon whom the people put their greatest hope and trust for good representation…I congratulate them and hope that their success in the election enlarges their hearts and minds to represent all people of the FSM to the best of their abilities.

Let us all look forward to working together for the well being of all our citizens.

Peter M. Christian
President



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