FSM President attends the 9th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit

KOROR, Palau – President Emanuel Mori joined the leaders of seven other Island States of the North Pacific in a historic 9th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit (MCES) held in Palau from 25-26 April.

The three day event undertook discussions and decisions on the major issues facing the region, including the emerging energy crisis, fiber optic telecommunications, tourism, transportation, workforce development, invasive species, the Micronesia Challenge (environment), solid waste management and other priority issues that the region as a whole faces.

In all there were ten working groups, or committees that developed recommendations and actions that the leaders of the North Pacific/Micronesian region agreed to varying degrees. Working forward since the 8th MCES on Saipan the region continues to come together not only by choice, but also necessity to tackle the challenges of the globalizing influences of the 21st Century.

Mori was joined by President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, Jr., Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Repblic of the Marshal Islands, Tony de Brum (for President Litokwa Tomeing), Governor of Guam, Felix Camacho, Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Benigno Fitial, Governor of Yap, Sebastian Anefal, Governor of Kosrae, Robert Welbacher and Director of Treasury in Pohnpei, Thomas Pablo (for Governor John Ehsa) at the three-day meeting.

These eight governments of the Republic of Palau; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Territory of Guam, Yap State, National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kosrae and Pohnpei States represented at the summit show the continuing growth and collaboration of the region as a single bloc on the world stage.

The 9th MCES was the first summit for President Mori, although the National Government was seated at the 8th MCES. The summit was also the first for Governor Robert Weilbacher of Kosrae State and Mr. Thomas Pablo, Director of Treasury who represented Governor John Ehsa of Pohnpei State where both governments were welcomed as new members of the MCES. The Republic of the Marshall Islands was also welcomed as a new member.

President Tommy Remengesau Jr. chaired the summit where the Chief Executives were briefed on progress on the committees’ work programs. The MCES adopted the reports presented by the ten committees. It was also agreed by the summit that the Chair, President Tommy Remengesau Jr. will work with the various committees to reassess their work should there be a need to retire or add committees.

President Mori underscored in his opening statement the importance of the work of the MCES for the Micronesian governments as a forum to discuss the challenges faced by the region, with an emphasis – echoing the majority of the region’s leaders – on the energy issue. He also emphasized the need for the region to collaborate more and support each government’s comparative advantage. President Mori closed by emphasizing the importance of follow up actions to ensure that the work program adopted by the Chief Executives in the summit are implemented to ensure progress.

The FSM National Government and the State of Pohnpei will co-host the next MCES to be held in Pohnpei the latter part of this year. Accompanying President Mori were Secretary Peter M. Christian, Department of R&D; Secretary Francis Itimai, Secretary of TC&I; Director Fabian Nimea, Office of SBOC; Chief of Staff Kasio Mida; Assistant Secretary Jesse Sidney, Department of Education; Assistant Secretary Marcus Samo, Department of Health & Social Affairs; Assistant Secretary Jane Chigiyal, Department of Foreign Affairs; Assistant Secretary Marion Henry, Department of R&D; Assistant Secretary Jolden Johnnyboy, Department of TC&I; Assistant Director Olivier Wortel, Office of SBOC; Mr. Alik Jackson, Congress Legal Staff; Mr. Peter Konnings, EU Rep 5 Renewable Energy Advisor and Dr. Norman Okamura, consultant to the Department of TC&I.