Vice-President George received courtesy call by Ambassador of France
Press Release #1701-02
January 20, 2017
On Wednesday January 18, 2017, Vice-President Yosiwo P. George
received a courtesy call by the French Ambassador to the Federated
States of Micronesia (FSM), His Excellency Thierry Mathou. The
Ambassador, who is based in Manila, Philippines, visited the FSM
primarily to discuss possibilities of cooperation between the FSM and
France, specifically as it relates to the valorization of Pohnpei’s Nan
Madol historical ruins, which has recently been successfully inscribed
as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At the outset of the meeting,
Ambassador Mathou referenced the upcoming visit to the FSM by Mr.
Christophe Sand, a French expert on works relating to the valorization
of cultural and historical sites and Director of the New Caledonia
Archeology Institute. As he stated, Mr. Sand will visit to assist and
work alongside officials of the Office of National Archives and
Historical Preservations (NACH) on its continuing effort to improve and
appraise Nan Madol. With the presence of Dr. Rufino Mauricio and Mr.
Augustine Kohler of the Office of NACH, the Vice-President expressed
appreciation for the provisioning of this needed technical assistance
and support. He also conveyed appreciation for France’s support provided
to the FSM during its initial interest and application for Nan Madol to
be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Discussion of possible assistances from France towards FSM’s interest
for the establishment of a National Museum was also highlighted during
the meeting. Among others issues as well, discussion of possible future
visit to the FSM for exploration of agribusiness initiatives and
development was also made. Last, but not the least, the Vice-President
seized the chance and thanked the Ambassador for France’s prior support
extended towards the Yap Living Museum project in the State of Yap.
Prior to the arriving in Pohnpei, the Ambassador also visited Chuuk
State and, among other sites, visited Xavier High School where prospects
for the fielding of French language instructors were acknowledged.
The Ambassador was accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Cecile Mathou and
Second Counselor of the Embassy of France in Manila, Mrs. Christine