President Remengesau at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-054
September 21, 2017
Office of the President

 President Remengesau at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly 

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. arrived in New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 19th and headed straight from JFK International Airport to the Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) hosted by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Joining fellow Pacific leaders with Prime Minister Abe, President Remengesau discussed possible outcomes for the upcoming PALM 8 in May 2018 such as cooperation on the challenges of climate change, disaster prevention, North Korea nuclear threats, maritime security, and reforms to the UN Security Council.

Leaders from seventeen countries were invited to take part in the PALM with Prime Minister Abe including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

On September 20, President Remengesau started off the day at the side event “The Oceans – a wealth of opportunities” co-hosted by the Republic of Palau and the Kingdom of Norway.  The aim of the event was to promote action and international partnerships that will strengthen the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans and marine resources.

The event was attended by nearly 200 people from national governments, the private sector, and non-government agencies to discuss and contribute experience and knowledge, that will make it easier to find sustainable solutions to today’s challenges.

The overall question presented at the event was, how can we ensure closer coordination between the various ocean initiatives and actors in the time ahead?

President Remengesau began remarks at the event calling for stronger communication between stakeholders and called for stronger participation by the United Nations as the conduit between parties towards more active implementation of SDG Goal 14- to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

Her Excellency, Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, in her remarks called for stronger partnerships and accelerated activities towards SDG 14 implementations expressing that all of what needed to be said have been said, the plans have been made and we must start acting now. “We have just 13 years until 2030, we need to start doing and stop talking.”

High level speakers at the “Oceans-a wealth of opportunities” event were:

HE Ms Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
HE Mr Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau
Keynote by HE Ms Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile
HE Mr Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji
HE Mr António Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal
HE Yusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
HE Ms Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General
HE Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment

“Oceans-a wealth of opportunities” -Speakers representing civil society, regional organisations and business sector:

Ms Baylee Ritter, World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council
HE Mr Josefa Leonel Carreio Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union
HE Mr Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary General CARICOM
Mr James Movick, Director General of Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
Ms Hege Skryseth, EVP Kongsberg Group, President Kongsberg Digital
Mr Bill Dewey, Director, Taylor Shellfish Farms
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

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Republic of Palau Remembers the Heroes and Victims of 9/11

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-053
September 12, 2017
Office of the President

Republic of Palau Remembers the Heroes and Victims of 9/11

 H.E. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. offered the Republic of Palau’s continued support and commitment to its strongest ally and development partner, United States, in remembrance of the heroes and victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

“September 11, 2001 was not just a tragedy for the people of the United States, but to all peace-loving people throughout the world. There is no justifications or cause that would warrant the loss of thousands of innocent lives and we must continue to condemn these terrorists acts in the most strongest way possible,” stated President Remengesau in his remarks during the 17th Annual Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Palau Community College on the eve of September 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of 9/11. “Palau stands with the United States and the coalition of countries in unity to combat terrorism and ensure peace and freedom to all. As we remember the victims, we also commemorate and offer our support to all the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others – our brave men and women who helped to save and prevent more loss of lives.”

The remembrance ceremony hosted by PCC is an annual event that PCC commits to hosting every year. PCC President Dr. Patrick Tellei expressed the College’s unwavering commitment to continue hosting the memorial program annually to pay respect and remember the heroes and victims of 9/11 as well as honor all servicemen and women, especially young Palauan men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom.

Ambassador Hyatt expressed her appreciation to the College for hosting the memorial for the past 16 years, stating, “I am honored to be here and proud to be here with Palau. This program is another demonstration of the strong ties that binds our countries.”

The program was attended by elected leaders, representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Koror, members of the Civil Action Team, families of fallen Palauan U.S. servicemen, PCC Board of Trustees, staff and students among others.  The 17th memorial ceremony was held at PCC’s Assembly Hall.

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President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-052
September 7, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits 1st Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau

On August 22nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited His Excellency Leon Malazogu, the first non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo to the Republic of Palau in a ceremony held at the Executive Building at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud.

Welcoming and congratulating Ambassador Malazogu, President Remengesau stated, “this ceremony marks a new milestone in the bilateral relationship between our two countries, and we greatly hope that during your term, our relationship will be further strengthened for many years to come”.

President Remengesau expressed Palau’s commitment to work closely with the Government of Kosovo on matters of mutual interest while continuing to look up to Kosovo for mutual partnership and support in areas including trade, tourism, and technology, as well as collaborations on peace and security, protection of the environment and global biodiversity, and health services.

In his remarks, Ambassador Malazogu expressed his admiration for Palau’s environmental and cultural preservation efforts and will work in his capacity to promote Palau as a premier tourist destination as well as promote Palau’s sustainability models within his networks. “What Palau is doing towards the sustainability of its islands is something that the rest of the region and the world should replicate and I will work to promote Palau and its sustainability efforts as Ambassador.  The Republic of Kosovo stands ready to assist Palau in any way it can and we look forward to a strengthened relationship between our two countries,” said Ambassador Malazogu.

The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chiefs Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons and Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Aric Nakamura, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Delegate Mario Gulibert, H.E. Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Associate Justice John Ruchecher, Minister Sinton Soalablai, Minister Umiich Sengebau, Minister Emais Roberts, Minister Faustina Rehuher-Marugg and Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel.

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President Remengesau’s Successful People-to-People Exchange Visit to Geru, Japan

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-051
September 4, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau’s Successful People-to-People Exchange Visit to Geru, Japan

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. visited the City of Geru in the mountainous prefecture of Gifu, Japan from August 30 to September 2.  Invited by the High Priestess Morishita of Kurakara Temple, President Remengesau held meetings with the leaders of the religious organization (Kurakara) that helped build two WWII monuments in Peleliu honoring those who lost their lives in the War and the “Omuchel Tekoi” sanctum in Peleliu. The President also held meetings with corporate leaders of Geru including the Presidents of top hotels in Geru, as well as Umewaka International, a top traditional and cultural events organization in Japan; including the President of Yunoshimakan, a 128 year old hotel establishment in Geru and Geru’s top Sake maker and exporter, Tenryo Sake that produces premium beverages for All Nippon Airways.

President Remengesau was able to establish a friendship platform with the group to initiate a “people to people” exchange where our Japanese friends from Geru would visit Palau in groups to experience nature and culture including visiting the WWII “Peace Memorial Park” in Peleliu where Their Imperial Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited in 2015.

The Geru group will be visiting Palau in December this year and expressed their intentions to create their own organization called “We Love and Support Palau” to work with the Office of the President to continue “people to people” exchange programs between the citizens of Geru and Palau.

On the last day of the visit, President Remengesau was pleased to learn that Priestess Morishita had organized a Japan Students visit to Palau with the Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior high School with 50 students from the school to visit Palau in early March 2018 to learn Palauan Culture and tradition.  President Remengesau was able to meet with two student representatives from the school and their Principal to establish the students’ itineraries in their visit to Palau as well as discuss the process of having Palauan students visit Japan through the same “people to people” exchange program.

President Remengesau thanked the Gero group, the Ritsumeikan High School, and Priestess Morishita for enabling another important effort to enhance Palau and Japan’s important friendship, saying “It has only been a little over a year since I met with His Excellency Prime Minister Abe at PALM 7 to discuss the importance of our respective peoples understanding each other’s cultures.  I thank all of you for making these important efforts to implement those commitments we made in PALM 7 to enhance and accelerate exchange among our youth and on behalf of the people of Palau, I express my deepest gratitude to you all for the work that you do.” The President said.

I am certain that the visitors from Geru will enjoy their visit in Palau and I am sure that they will appreciate the natural biodiversity and unique culture Palau has to offer that is very different but just as magnificent the beautiful mountains of Geru.  The warmth of the ocean and the colors of the flourishing life beneath it will be a wonder I know the visitors from Geru and the Students from Ritsumeikan will enjoy.  My Office will work with all of you to continue our valuable exchange programs and I hope that our work will become tradition among friends to continue learning and understanding between the peoples of our two countries. I thank you all for continuing our fruitful friendship and I look forward to seeing you all in Palau.” President Remengesau said.

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. visited Japan from August 30 to September 2 with Economic Advisor & Japan Relations Advisor Mr. Donald Haruo; Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull; and Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo. President Remengesau and his delegation arrived back in Palau on September 2, 2017.

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Minister Sengebau Signs Contract Agreement for the Construction of the Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center

Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism
August 30, 2017

Minister Sengebau Signs Contract Agreement for the Construction of the Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism has entered into an agreement with Iwata Chizaki Inc., a Japanese based company, for the construction of the new Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center in Malakal, Koror.

On August 24th, Minister Umiich Sengebau and Mr. Masayoshi Morita, General Manager of Iwata Chizaki Inc.’s Overseas Operation Division signed the contract agreement during the signing ceremony held in Japan. The contract signing signals the implementation of the project entitled “The Project for Renovation of Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center Facility” awarded through a grant by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Republic of Palau on October 12, 2016.

In his special remarks during the signing ceremony, Minister Sengebau expressed his appreciation to the People and Government of Japan for this generous grant aid and their long withstanding friendship and partnership with Palau.  He further added, “This project will help address our food security by providing readily available clam meat through restocking efforts of wild clam populations and further support local clam farmers livelihood with income through sales of their cultured clams.”

The project valued at $6.6 million will significantly enhance Palau’s clam seedling production capacity from its currently 200,000 seedlings annually to approximately 1 million, which is anticipated to provide more opportunities and resources to farmers and the public alike. Additionally, through this project, the Center will be fully equipped with a Marine Resources Library, two research laboratories and additional office space to house staff and technicians.

Minister Sengebau and Public Works Director/CIP Manager Brian Melairei represented the People and Government of the Republic of Palau to Japan in attendance of the signing ceremony hosted by Iwata Chizaki Inc.

The construction of the new Center is scheduled to commence in October 2017 with completion in the summer of 2018.

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Outcome of the 2017 Palau Energy Summit

The Republic of Palau successfully hosted the first ever Palau Energy Summit themed “Renewable and Efficient Energy, Powering the Future We Want” from August 7-10 at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center in Koror, Palau.

Over three days of discussion and deliberation, three working groups comprising of members of the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau, State Governors, national government officials, agency representatives,  including Palau Public Utilities Corporation and Palau Energy Administration authorities and international technical advisors such as the EarthJustice, Okeanos Foundation, GridMarket, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the U.S. Department of Energy, EarthX, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and other relevant agencies gathered together to share ideas and to effectively produce an action plan to assist the Republic of Palau in meeting its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target of generating 45% renewable energy by year 2025.

The Summit attendees successfully produced and presented its “Summit Findings and Action Plan” to President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and leadership of Palau.

Following the conclusion of the Summit, President Remengesau signed Executive Order No. 403 establishing the Palau National Energy Committee to monitor and guide all national renewable energy efforts.

As a result of this Summit, the Republic of Palau also successfully formed partnerships with reputable international organizations to further its renewable energy goals.

On August 10th, the Republic of Palau entered into a partnership with EarthX and GridMarket, who announced their commitment to assist Palau in transitioning to a low cost, carbon-free future.

Furthermore, the Republic of Palau also entered into an agreement with the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, who are committed to provide Palau with a modernized traditional double hulled open ocean canoe called Vaka Motu by the summer of 2018.

All agreements and documents produced as a result of this Summit can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

  1. Executive Order No. 403 re. Establishing the Palau National Energy Committee
  2. Palau Energy Summit Findings and Action Plan
  3. Memorandum of Understanding: Republic of Palau and Okeanos Foundation
  4. Partnership Agreement: Republic of Palau and  EarthX/GridMarket


Palau Signs Joint Venture Agreement for Airport Renovation and Expansion through Public-Private Partnership

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-049
August 7, 2017
Office of the President

Palau Signs Joint Venture Agreement for Airport Renovation and Expansion through Public-Private Partnership

Minister Charles I. Obichang, Mr. Takuaki Manganji, General Manager of Sojitz Corporation and Mr. Yasuhide Yonemoto, Senior Managing Director of Japan Airport Terminal Company (JATCO) on Monday, August 7th, signed a Joint Venture Agreement before the leadership of the Republic of Palau, formally launching a major public-private partnership project to renovate and expand the Palau International Airport.

In partnership with Sojitz Corporation and JATCO, Palau will form a jointly-owned Palau Corporation (owned 49% by the ROP and 51% by Sojitz/JATCO together) for the purpose of renovating, expanding, and professionally managing Palau International Airport. In addition to capital, our new private sector partners are expected to contribute expertise and significant industry contacts. As a major multinational corporation with deep infrastructure development experience, Sojitz will be able to renovate and expand Palau International Airport in a cost-effective manner, with the ultimate goal of developing “the most attractive airport in Micronesia.” The new terminal, once completed, will be run by the experienced managers of JATCO, the company that runs Haneda (Tokyo International Airport), the world’s 5th busiest airport. This Joint Venture Agreement is the first step in that partnership. It allows the formation of Palau International Airport Corporation, the Palau Corporation which will manage this project, and enables the parties to undertake important preparations for construction. It also enables the parties to begin the joint effort to seek financing from Japan International Cooperation Agency, which we hope will join in this exciting new endeavor.

Speaking on behalf of President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and the Government of Palau, Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch expressed, “This project is made possible because of the close and strong relationship shared between Palau and Japan. It is also a symbolic partnership between Palau, Sojitz, and JATCO, working hand in hand, undergoing and undertaking a major project in what appears to be the first public-private partnership project in the area of aviation in the Micronesian Region. That alone speaks volumes.”

Mr. Manganji stated, “Our Japanese consortium is committed to integrate and utilize the respective knowledge and experiences, such as airport operating skills and close contacts with the influential airlines, to help the Palau Airport become one of the most prominent and competitive tourist destination gateway airport in the Pacific region.”

With more than 60 years of experience in airport safety, convenience and comfort while operating the Tokyo Haneda Airport, JATCO expressed further commitment to thedevelopment of Palau’s airport, stating, “With all the experiences and knowledge acquired at Haneda, we wish to contribute to the development of Palau International Airport, furthermore to the development of the Republic of Palau.”

Minister Obichang expressed his sincere appreciation for the continued partnership, support and collaboration demonstrated by the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau, the Council of Chiefs and the leadership of the State of Airai for the endorsement of this major undertaking, and further welcomes a united Palau leadership moving forward for a successful project.

The next step in this undertaking is August 21st, at which time the contract for airport renovation, expansion, and management will be officially awarded to Palau International Airport Corporation, the Palau Corporation being created by this Public/Private Partnership.

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NEMO Launches Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Program

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2017
Office of the Vice President

NEMO Launches Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Program

The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) has launched the first of a series of Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Training aimed at providing individuals at the community level with the necessary skills and knowledge to assess their communities as well as develop disaster risk reduction measures to enhance their safety and resilience in times of disaster.

In line with the 2016 National Disaster Risk Management Framework’s vision of “Safe, Resilient and Prepared Communities in Palau”, NEMO first launched the training in Meyuns Hamlet of Koror from July 26-28 with plans to expand to other states throughout Palau within the remaining year.

In the three-day training program held at the Youth Center, NEMO introduced tools and strategies to more than 15 participants with the objective of building their capacity to effectively and successfully identify the types of disasters, early warning signs necessary for preparedness in the community level, and to conduct risk analysis of their respective hamlet as well as identify their unique vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

The training course also equips communities with all the necessary tools to formulate their respective community focused disaster risk management action plans for better coordination and communication, preparedness, response and recovery. This Hamlet Action Plan will tie into the State-specific Disaster Risk Management Plans which is directly aligned with the National Disaster Risk Management Framework.

All participants were provided with a copy of the CBDRR Tool Kit developed earlier this year. This toolkit includes terminologies, risk-analysis templates and flow charts of Disaster Risk Management in Palau.

NEMO is committed and prepared to provide continuous technical assistance to communities to further enhance their disaster risk management capabilities.

The next CBDRR Training is scheduled to take place in Melekeok State from August 7th to the 9th, followed by Airai State the week after.

NEMO extends its deepest appreciation to the Koror State Government, the leadership of Meyuns Hamlet and the community members for their partnership, support and participation in this program.

The CBDRR Training is made possible by the European Union’s Project called: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

Click on the provided link to download this press release: PR NEMO_Community BDRR Training_03AUG2017_Final

President Remengesau Accredits New United Arab Emirates Ambassador

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-048
August 2, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits New United Arab Emirates Ambassador

 On July 27th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited His Excellency Hamad Saeed Hamad Obaid Alzaabi as the second non-resident Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Republic of Palau with residence in the Philippines.

Welcoming and congratulating Ambassador Alzaabi, President Remengesau stated, “I am confident that with your impressive background, experience and proven leadership abilities, we will work together to nurture and further enhance our existing bilateral relations and to overcome the many global challenges we face today.”

President Remengesau further extended Palau’s appreciation of UAE’s continued support and partnership, including the recent financing and installation of solar and water treatment systems in the outlying states through the UAE-Pacific Partnership Program.

In extending regards from President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the UAE leadership, Ambassador Alzaabi expressed his commitment to explore other areas for partnership and further promote cooperation between both countries on areas of mutual interests.

The Republic of Palau and the UAE formally established diplomatic ties in 2009.

Click on the provided link to download this press release: Press Release_New UAE Ambassador to Palau_02AUG2017_FINAL

Palau Community Association of Guam’s Cultural Center Breaks Ground

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-047
July 31, 2017
Office of the President

Palau Community Association of Guam’s Cultural Center Breaks Ground

On July 30th, the Palau Community Association of Guam’s (PCAG) proposed Cultural Center broke ground in Dededo, Guam signifying the commencement of a project long desired by the Palauan community on Guam.

The project is anticipated to develop a 30 feet by 70 feet open pavilion, designed as the main structure of the building and a 33 feet by 40 feet conference room, including a walk through kitchen, restroom facility for both male and female, a storage room and a food preparation bar as well as an on-site septic tank and leach field.

Congratulating PCAG for their efforts towards realizing a vision that late Davis Tevid and the entire Guam Palauan Community have desired for years, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged the Association to match the necessary funds to construct the Center giving PCAG and all of its respective members a sense of ownership.

The Cultural Center, once constructed, will enhance PCAG’s capacity to develop more programs aimed at strengthening Palau’s cultural heritage while also uniting and strengthening the bonds and relationship shared among the thousands of Palauan living and working in Guam.

Since receiving funding assistance of $150,000 from the National Government and the 9th Olbiil Era Kelulau for the construction of the Center, PCAG have completed the design and blueprint of the facility and have begun soliciting project quotations from several bidders.

The ceremony was attended by President Remengesau, Minister Charles Obichang, Senator John Skebong, Senator Aric Nakamura, Senator Phillip Reklai, Delegate Dilmai Saiske, Delegate Vicky Kanai, Governor Browny Salvador and Director Brian Melairei among other guests as well as members of the Palauan community on Guam.

The ground breaking ceremony took place next to the Asahi Abai where the proposed Center will be constructed.

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