President Remengesau Accredits New Korean Ambassador to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-104
March 30, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits New Korean Ambassador to Palau

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. on March 22nd accredited His Excellency Han Dong-man as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau congratulated Ambassador Dong-man for his appointment and highlighted the significant role Korea has played in building Palau’s tourism industry, cooperation and technical assistance through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) among other programs between both nations.

“Korea has played a significant role in building Palau’s tourism industry – thanks to Korean Air  and Asiana Airlines and of course the growing number of tourists from Korea”, stated President Remengesau. He further added, “I recognize the potential of Korea’s contributions to strengthening our tourism and I hope to enlist your contribution to the enhancement of Korea’s tourism role in Palau’s industry.”

The President extended the Republic’s desires for the Government of Korea to renew outreach programs previously offered through the KOICA and to partner up with Palau for the upcoming 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference, stating “Palau and Korea share an oceanic yard and take pride in knowing that we are at the forefront of maintaining sustainable sources of seafood and sea-related products as well as the health of the ocean in general.”

Ambassador Dong-man expressed his willingness and commitment to foster Palau-Korea relations on matters mutually beneficial for both nations.

The presentation of Ambassador Dong-man’s credentials took place on a date significant to both Palau and Korea. 23 years ago on March 22, 1995, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of Korea formally established diplomatic relations.

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President Remengesau Swears in Aloysius Alonz as Director of the Bureau of Public Safety

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Serial No. PR-18-105
April 2, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Swears in Aloysius Alonz as Director of the Bureau of Public Safety

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., on Monday, April 2nd administered the oath of office for Acting Director Aloysius Alonz who officially assumed the role of Director of the Bureau of Public Safety under the Ministry of Justice.

Director Alonz, who has served a long, dedicated career in law enforcement, took on the role of Acting Director of the Bureau of Public Safety in April 2017 following the passing of late Director Julio Omtei Ringang.

In his special remarks during the swearing-in ceremony held at the grounds of the Bureau of Public Safety Office, President Remengesau congratulated Director Alonz for assuming this new role and asked for everyone’s support in working closely and harmoniously with Director Alonz to ensure a safe and peaceful Palau.

Director Alonz graciously accepted his new role and saluted late Director Ringang whom he shared many working years with at the Bureau. He took a moment to express his appreciation and gratitude to his family, colleagues, and the leadership for their continued support. He also thanked all police officers and the police administrative staff who has worked alongside him during the length of his career for their unwavering commitment and asked for their continued devotion to the job moving forward.

Director Alonz’s swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Vice President Oilouch Raynold B. Oilouch, Senate Vice President Mark Rudimch, House of Delegates’ Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Cabinet Ministers, Ministry of Justice Management and Staff as well as his family and friends.

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Year of Good Health Logo Contest Winners Awarded

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-103
March 29, 2018
Office of the President

Year of Good Health Logo Contest Winners Awarded

The top three winners of the Year of Good Health logo contest were officially announced and awarded before the national and state leadership during their meeting held at the old Olbiil Era Kelulau building in Koror on March 29th.

The contest winners are Niah Yechang Maui, 1st place winner; Angel Joy Pastrana, 2nd place winner and Angela Gail Kasilag, 3rd place winner.

Maui explains her design emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, maintaining good health, and spreading awareness about good health to the Palauan people. She further described, “The taro plant represent women as in our culture the role of women is to farm. The deep ocean represents men in Palau as their role is to fish. The baby is a healthy child raised by healthy parents. The words around the logo (‘A Klengar er a Belau a Kot’) mean that the lives and wellbeing of the people of Palau should always come first.”

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and the entire leadership congratulated the students for their impressive designs as well as all students who submitted their artwork for their efforts and participation.

All three contest winners are senior students from Palau High School. The students were accompanied by their parents, Palau High School teacher Wilhelm Ngiraikelau, school counselor Sue Ngiramolau Joseph, senior student Ritang Mesubed and PHS Student Body Association President Kobe Kertou.

The logo contest was open to all senior students from public and private high schools in Palau. The contest was judged by the Year of Good Health Committee. The winning logo will be used by the Year of Good Health Committee in promotion of activities and programs.

 

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Vice President Oilouch, Senate President Baules and Speaker Anastacio Meets Russia Expo 2025 Bid Committee

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Serial No. PR-18-102
February 28, 2018
Office of the President

Vice President Oilouch, Senate President Baules and Speaker Anastacio Meets Russia Expo 2025 Bid Committee

On February 27th, Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch, Senate President Hokkons Baules and Speaker Sabino Anastacio met Russia Expo 2025 Bid Committee Director-General Svetlana Sagaydak, H.E. Ambassador Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Palau and members of the Russia World Expo 2025 Bid Committee.

Vice President Oilouch welcomed Director-General Sagaydak, Ambassador Khovaev and the delegation to Palau expressing, “Russia’s proposal to host the 2025 World Expo is interesting and quite inviting.”

Director-General Sagaydak introduced the city of Ekaterinburg, the Russian Federation’s choice city to host the World Expo, as one of the largest commercial, scientific and industrial megacities with a unique geographical location, natural and recreational resources.

With a theme of “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”, the Russian Federation presented their plan to host four theme pavilions based on accessible technologies, new reality, human progress and shared future to further expand on the main theme. Russia’s overall concept for the Expo site is to develop a city for the future, a functional smart city filled with technological wonder beyond the Expo. The Russian Federation is looking into hosting the Expo over an area of 555 hectares with 104 pavilions accommodating about 140 participating countries.

In seeking support from their diplomatic partners in the Pacific, the Russian Federation tailored a program to provide assistance to participating developing countries such as the Republic of Palau prior to, during and following the Expo.

Palau is among many other nations that Russia is visiting and seeking support for their candidacy to host the World Expo in the city of Ekaterinburg. The Russian Federation is bidding against Osaka, Japan and Baku, Azerbaijan. Voting is scheduled for November 2018.

Vice President Oilouch, Senate President Baules and Speaker Anastacio expressed hope to work closely with the Russian Federation to promote sustainable tourism from Russia to Palau and to continue to foster relations shared between both nations.

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President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of Austria to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-101
February 23, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits new Austria Ambassador to Palau

On February 22nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Bita Rasoulian as the fifth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Palau.

In accepting Ambassador Rasoulian’s credentials, President Remengesau expressed his commitment to deepen the friendship between Palau and Austria, strengthen cooperation, in particular, the political, economic and social landscape between Palau and Austria. Known for their role in promotion of the use of renewable energy, President Remengesau further expressed hope for both countries to work together to promote the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The President further called upon the Ambassador for her support in working with the Austrian Government to forge a partnership with Palau in hosting of the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020.

“Our diplomatic relations, the enduring partnership between our countries is undoubtedly a powerful symbol of how two nations, although far apart geographically, can forge a common purpose and interest towards a shared future,” stated Ambassador Rasoulian during the Presentation of Credentials ceremony held at the Nation Capitol. “We applaud Palau’s vision of a sustainable future, as a leader in nature conservation and environmental sustainability as exemplified by the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, one of the most ambitious ocean conservation initiatives to date.”

Ambassador Rasoulian further expressed commitment to exploit the full potential of Palau and Austria’s bilateral relations in areas of renewable energy, green environment, sustainable development, health and climate change.

The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Delegate Mario Gulibert, Senator Frank Kyota and Cabinet Ministers.

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President Remengesau Appoints Shiro Kyokawa as Goodwill Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Japan

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Serial No. PR-18-100
February 23, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Appoints Shiro Kyokawa as Goodwill Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Japan

On February 19th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. appointed Shiro Kyokawa as Goodwill Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Japan in support of promoting sustainable tourism and the Palau National Marine Sanctuary, and facilitating trade and cultural exchange between both nations.

Presenting his appointment to Kyokawa at the National Capitol, President Remengesau expressed the value and importance of Palau’s friendship with Japan and hopes Kyokawa will continue to foster this relationship through his appointment as Goodwill Ambassador.

Goodwill Ambassador Kyokawa accepted his appointment with honor and commits to working closely with the Republic of Palau under this capacity. Accompanied by a group of Japanese businessmen in his first trip to Palau, Goodwill Ambassador Kyokawa further commits to exploring investment opportunities in support of economic growth and to entice Japanese tourism to Palau.

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President Remengesau Appoints Norihiko Tsukui as Honorary Consul General of Palau to Chubu Consular District in Japan

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Serial No. PR-18-099
February 15, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Appoints Norihiko Tsukui as Honorary Consul General of Palau to Chubu Consular District in Japan

On February 14th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. appointed Norihiko Tsukui as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Palau to the Chubu Consular District with residence in Tokyo, Japan.

President Remengesau expressed deep appreciation and sincere gratitude to Honorary Consul General Tsukui for assuming this voluntary role to strengthen and foster friendship and relations between the Republic of Palau, Chubu Consular District and Japan.

Honorary Consul General Tsukui accepted his appointment with enthusiasm and renewed commitment and expressed desires to work on behalf of Palau to bolster sustainable tourism, economic investments and friendly relations with Chubu Consular District.

Honorary Consul General Tsukui was accompanied by Palau’s Ambassador to Japan Francis Matsutaro, his wife and members of his delegation comprising of sake and hotel business owners.

The delegate had the opportunity to meet Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Senator Aric Nakamura and Cabinet Ministers during his courtesy visit with President Remengesau held at the National Capitol.

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President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Palau

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Serial No. PR-18-098
February 16, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Palau

On February 2nd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Daniel Robert Pruce, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau expressed the importance of ocean protection and security during the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony held at the National Capitol stating, “Palau, as a small island nation is taking bold steps forward towards saving our mother earth. Big ideas can indeed come from small places.” He further expressed sincere desires to work closely and in partnership with the Government of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland in the hosting of the upcoming “Our Oceans” Conference 2020 in Palau.

Ambassador Pruce expressed honor and privilege in assuming his new role and expressed commitment to work with the People and Government of Palau on issues of mutual interests as well as to continue to foster relations shared by both nations. He further expressed commitment to bolster sustainable tourism and economic investments from the United Kingdom.

The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, Senator Aric Nakamura, Delegate Mario Gulibert, Postmaster General Timothy Sinsak, and Cabinet Ministers.

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Foreign Investment Board Steps Up Enforcement

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-096
February 15, 2018
Office of the President

Foreign Investment Board Steps Up Enforcement

The Foreign Investment Board is gearing up for increased enforcement in 2018. Amendments to the Foreign Investment Act give the Board new enforcement powers. The Board now has authority to conduct investigations, issue citations and refer illegal businesses to the Attorney General’s office for criminal prosecution.

Members of the Board recently reelected Susan Ngirausui to be Chairperson for 2018 and Fermin Meriang to be Vice-Chair. The remaining members of the Board are Ephraim Ngirachitei, Quincy Kuniyoshi, Stephanie Nakamura and the most recent appointee, Theodoro Rengulbai who was appointed in December of 2017. The Board has also recently hired Ellis Ellison as a full time investigator and Cameron Van Tassell as Legal Counsel and Interim Executive Director.

Having a full time investigator allows the Board to implement tough new powers in the 2017 amendment to the Foreign Investment Act. The Board now has the ability to conduct investigations, subpoena information and issue citations. When the Board discovers evidence that a business is a front, the Board can issue a notice of the violation and the business has thirty days to present evidence that the business is in compliance. If the Board determines that the business is a front, the Board can issue fines of up to $25,000. In January the Board initiated proceedings against five suspected illegal front businesses including two “AirBnb” bed and breakfasts, one retail store, a restaurant and one car rental operation. Several more investigations are underway. The Board expects to continue the year with strong enforcement.

FIB is also working closely with the Operation Clean Business Taskforce created by President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. The Taskforce allows the Board to share information with other agencies like Bureau of Revenue and Taxation, Department of Labor, Department of Immigration in order to detect illegal business practices.

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Marshall Islands Officials Visit Palau for a Learning Exchange Program

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-095
February 13, 2018
Office of the President

Marshall Islands Officials Visit Palau for a Learning Exchange Program

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. on February 13th met Minister-in-Assistance and Minister of Environment David Paul, Minister of Natural Resources and Commerce Dennis Momotaro and members of their delegation from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, who are visiting Palau as part of a learning exchange on the Protected Areas Network (PAN) Program.

President Remengesau welcomed the delegation and expressed, “sharing of information is the Micronesian way. Our nations share mutual priority for sustainable livelihood. We share a mutual mission in the region for a combined ocean security.” He further shared with the delegation, “Whatever progress that has made been in Palau for conservation and protection of the ocean is because of the level of participation and support from the grassroots, traditional leaders through the implementation of an ancient conservation method called “bul”, fishermen and the community itself. The key relies in the community”.

Minister Paul shared challenges faced in the Marshall Islands such as the significant loss of sea cucumbers that caused a domino effect in the reef impacting coral and fish species. This loss, he explains, has strained the community and compelled local fishers to fish beyond the reef and in more dangerous areas of the ocean. He further stated, “The objective of this learning exchange is to learn more about how Palau’s Protected Areas Network (PAN) is being implemented and how it impacts the Republic of Palau. Palau is a good example of an island nation with successful conservation measures”. Insights and information shared during this visit is anticipated to help the Marshall Islands’ leaders identify the best ways possible to implement policies and regulations to be better guardians and custodians of their ocean resources.

In addition to learning more about the policies and regulations that make up the PAN Program, the delegation plans to learn more about Palau’s legislations, monitoring and enforcement of the fish spawning seasons and the implementation of the Recycling Program and the Redemption Center.

Since arriving to Palau, the delegation has visited the Bird Sanctuary in Ngeremlengui, the Nabeyama Aquaculture Farm in Ngatpang and the Ngiwal PAN site.

Minister Paul and Minister Momotaro’s delegation includes Mayor Hirata Kabua of Kwajelein Atoll, Director Clarence Samuel of the Environmental Planning & Policy Coordination Office and Director Willy Kostca of the Micronesian Conservation Trust.

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