President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-090
February 9, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Palau

 On February 8th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Giorgio Guglielmino as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of Palau.

During the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony held at the National Capitol, President Remengesau stated “Our two nations’ friendship have been prosperous, focusing on areas relating to the protection and conservation of the environment. Italy has supported Palau on its environmental initiatives beginning with climate change through the Italian Fund’s Energy Efficiency Programme and has since joined us in the protection and conservation of the World’s Oceans and Seas.”

As Palau gears up for the hosting of the “Our Ocean” Conference in 2020, President Remengesau hopes for Italy’s support and partnership.

Ambassador Guglielmino expressed Italy’s commitment, continued partnership and support on various areas, including ocean protection and security, promotion of quality tourism and investment from Italy in support of Palau’s tourism industry. He further announced efforts to establish direct flights from Rome to Philippines, connecting Italy closer to Palau.

Ambassador Guglielmino has served in the diplomatic service of Italy since 1984. He is accredited to Palau with residence in Manila, Philippines.

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President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-089
February 9, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau

On February 8th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Jaideep Mazumdar as the seventh Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Palau, further strengthening diplomatic relations and the bonds of friendship shared between both nations.

“Palau and India’s relationship has grown over the last few years. Palau appreciates the Indian Government’s support to our national and international priorities,” stated President Remengesau during the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony held at the Office of the President at the National Capitol. He further expressed appreciation of financial and technical assistance and hopes to work closely with Ambassador Mazumdar and the Government of India on areas of mutual interest.

“We are fortunate to have been of assistance to Palau in some capacity building and areas of priority. We look forward to continuing this effort and to increasing our bilateral relationship,” expressed Ambassador Mazumdar. “We are happy to work with Palau in areas of health, information technology (IT), and sustainable development.”

Over the past years, the Government of India have provided financial and technical assistance to the Republic on a variety of areas, including the Republic’s grassroots projects by providing annual grant aids for its Year of the Youth in 2016, the Year of Family in 2017 and now in 2018 for the Year of Good Health; and partnership in the International Solar Alliance Initiative in the implementation of national climate change goals related to energy security among others.

Ambassador Mazumdar was accompanied by his wife Madam Parvati C. Mazumdar and Robert Scaria, Honorary Counsel General of India to Palau.

The Ceremony was attended by Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet of the House of Delegates, Delegate Mario Gulibert, Senator Aric Nakamura, and members of the Cabinet.

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Republic of Palau Establishes Diplomatic Ties with the Republic of Azerbaijan

Republic of Palau Establishes Diplomatic Ties with Azerbaijan

Press Release
Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN

Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of the Palau Mission to the United Nations, and Ambassador Yashar Teymur oglu Aliyev, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations met in New York to initiate the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

During the meeting held at the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan, the two Ambassadors shared their confidence that the diplomatic ties between the two countries will help develop and further strengthen relations of friendship and cooperation. Among some of the key topics discussed, Azerbaijan expressed its interest in bidding to hosting the World EXPO 2025 in their capital city of Baku and further conveyed their support to Palau in hosting the “Our Oceans” Conference in the year 2020. A special envoy will be visiting Palau in the month of February 2018.

The Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan is a country in the South Caucasus Region of Eurasia, at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Its capital of Baku holds 53.1% of its total population of 9.8 Million. Azerbaijan is well-known for its richness of oil and natural gases which accounts for two-thirds of the whole country.

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Republic of Palau Establishes Diplomatic Ties with the Republic of Tajikistan

Republic of Palau Establishes Diplomatic Ties with Tajikistan

Press Release
Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN

On the 30th of January 2018, Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, and the Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the United Nations, H.E. Mahmadaminov Mahmadamin Bozichaevich, signed the Joint Communique on the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Palau and the Republic of Tajikistan at the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan to the United Nations in New York.

After the signing ceremony, both Permanent Representatives had a brief bilateral meeting. They expressed their mutual intentions in developing relations of friendship and cooperation between their countries in the framework of the United Nations and on common interests.

The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked country located on the southern edge of the Central Asian group sharing boundaries with Afghanistan to the South, China to the East, Kyrgyzstan to the North, and Uzbekistan to the West. It’s mountainous region account for  93% of the total surface area, home to the largest non-polar glacier in the world, the Fedchenko Glacier. Tajikistan has been a steadfast leader in many “water” resolutions at the United Nations, with its most recent leadership in initiating the proclamation of the 2018-2028 International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” which was passed by the United Nations General Assembly on December 21, 2016. Tajikistan has a successful agriculture sector and leads on technology innovation in this field.

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President Remengesau Looks Toward Stronger Partnership and Collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-088
January 30, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Looks Toward Stronger Partnership and Collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 met Lieutenant Colonel James D. Hoyman; Stephen Cayetano, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management; Derek J. Chow, Chief of Civil and Public Works Branch and Michael D. Wyatt, Chief of Civil and Public Works Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, encouraging for strong partnership and collaboration between the agency and the Republic of Palau.

“The Republic of Palau appreciates the special friendship and partnership shared with the United States and the U.S. Army Corps and Engineers. It is always a pleasure to meet with U.S. representatives to further strengthen relations shared by our nations”, stated President Remengesau. “Palau and the U.S. continue to work closely to explore ways for cooperation on matters of mutual interests, such as was discussed during the previously held Joint Committee Meeting in Hawaii on October 2017.”

Lt. Col. Hoyman and his team expressed their commitment to continue to provide technical expertise and assistance to Palau where possible and hopes to work with Palau again on future infrastructural projects.

One of the biggest infrastructural projects that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have assisted Palau on is the construction of the Compact Road.

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President Remengesau Commends the Ministry of Justice and the Senate JGA Committee Oversight Hearing and Commits to Ensuring Accountability of Drug Evidence

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-087
January 29, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Commends the Ministry of Justice and the Senate JGA Committee Oversight Hearing and Commits to Ensuring Accountability of Drug Evidence

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. commends the Ministry of Justice and the Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee for dispelling rumors and allegations of missing drug evidence from the Police Department in their recent Senate oversight hearing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

President Remengesau further expressed commitment toward a stronger partnership with the Ministry of Justice and Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch to ensure continued accountability of all evidence under the Ministry’s custody.

The Ministry of Justice through the creation of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency have significantly increased efforts to reduce illegal drug trafficking and related activities in the Republic, provide rehabilitation services to persons suffering from drug and substance abuse as well as educate the public of the harmful effects of drug use and drug involvement.

President Remengesau and Vice President Oilouch continue to work to strengthen policies and regulations to this effect, including through the legislative process such as the proposed legislation submitted to the 10th OEK on January 19 seeking to tighten bail procedures and disrupt the trafficking of methamphetamine by persons awaiting formal court proceedings.

The oversight hearing held at the Old OEK Building in Koror was attended by Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch, Attorney General Ernestine Rengiil, and NEA Director Ismael Aguon with MOJ Officers. It was presided by Senate Floor Leader and JGA Committee Chairman Kerai Mariur.

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President Remengesau Proposes Legislation Amendments to Initiate National and International Clean Energy Goals

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-086
January 25, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Proposes Legislation Amendments to Initiate National and International Clean Energy Goals

On January 23rd, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. transmitted a proposed legislation to the 10th Olbiil Era Kelulau seeking to harmonize existing laws concerning the Republic’s energy operation. The amendments proposed are based on the recommendations made by the Palau National Energy Committee following the Palau Energy Summit held in August 2017.

“The purpose of the Palau Energy Summit was to find a way to achieve our goals under the Paris Climate Agreement: to achieve a 22% greenhouse gas emissions reduction; to generate at least 45% of our energy from renewable sources; and to significantly increase energy efficiency,” stated President Remengesau. He further expressed these amendments serve as an important first step to reconcile and harmonize existing laws, clarifying roles and authorities of the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) and the Palau Energy Administration, as well as balance the incentive to accelerate deployment of rooftop solar panels, and most importantly, put the nation in a strategic position to accomplish its national and international clean energy goals.

Additional information can be found through the following links:

  1. Proposed Legislation: PNEC Amendments to Title 37 of the Palau National Code
  2. Palau Energy Summit Findings and Action Plan

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President Remengesau Introduces Bill to Disrupt Repeat Drug Offenses

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-085
January 23, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Introduces Bill to Disrupt Repeat Drug Offenses 

On January 21, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. introduced a legislation to strengthen the bail process by disrupting repeat methamphetamine drug traffickers from re-offending or continuing to offend while awaiting disposition of the case.

In his transmittal to Senate President Hokkons Baules and Speaker Sabino Anastacio, President Remengesau stated, “It has become a regular occurrence to hear of methamphetamine traffickers, caught red-handed with large quantities of this destructive substance, released with slap-on-the-wrist bail terms. The consequences cannot be missed: these offenders go right back onto our streets and right back to their deadly trade. Unless we change our strategy, we will continue to see the same outcome.”

The bill further set the presumptive bail in cases involving the transport, sale, distribution, or possession of methamphetamine at $10,000 or ten (times) the estimated street value of methamphetamine alleged to have been sold, possessed, distributed, or transported.

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24th National Law Enforcement Academy Commencement Exercise

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-084
January 19, 2018
Office of the President

24th National Law Enforcement Academy Commencement Exercise

On January 19th, a total of twenty cadets received their Certificate of Completion for fulfilling all the academic and physical requirements of the 24th National Law Enforcement Academy, a 14-week training program aimed at equipping cadets with all the necessary tools to take on a career in law enforcement.

Congratulating the cadets for successfully completing the program, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. emphasized and highlighted the importance of respect and integrity, on and off-duty, in the field of law enforcement.

Special awards recognizing the exemplary effort, performance, and dedication of the cadets during the entire course of the program were presented during the ceremony.  Awarded for Perfect Attendance were Charles Tachibelmel, Bonifacio Ngiraiwet, Kirk Derbai and Hogan Techakl Skebong. The Leadership Award presented by Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold B. Oilouch was awarded to Kirk Derbai. Top Physical Fitness Award presented by President Remengesau was awarded to Lavoice Umiich Mongami. Academic Excellence Award presented by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons was awarded to Kirk Derbai. The Against All Odds Award presented by House of Delegates Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet was awarded to Bonifacio Ngiraiwet.

Graduates of the 24th National Law Enforcement Academy are Hubert Amalei of the Division of Patrol, Tony Chayam of Helen Reef Research Management Program, Oreokel M. Daniel of Kayangel State Government, Kirk Derbai of Division of Customs, Isaiah A. Dolmers of Division of Patrol, Abimelech Etpison of Aimeliik State Government, Tracy E. Marcello of Helen Reef Research Management Program, Gregory Meyar of Division of Biosecurity, Lavoice U. Mongami of Kayangel State Government, Bonifacio Ngiraiwet of Airport Police, Loureine S. Echang of Division of Immigration, Hogan T. Skebong of Airport Police, Charles Tachibelmel of Palau Community College and Kerkikl Tkoel of the Airport Police. The five cadets who enrolled and successfully completed the program in their individual capacities are Kristoffer A. Chapman, Ojay Feliciano, Blailes Byron Chiokai, Ken Iyekar, Arlene Melimarang, and Carson A. Sumor.

The ceremony was attended by President Remengesau, Paramount Chief Ibedul, Vice Speaker Ngiraiwet, Vice President Oilouch, Kayangel Governor Midas Ngiracheluolu, Aimeliik Governor Demei Obak, Hatohobei Governor Huana Nestor, PCC President Dr. Patrick Tellei, Ministry of Justice officers, and the family and friends of the graduates.

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President Remengesau Joins Ocean Elders

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-079
January 16, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Joins Ocean Elders

On August 14, 2017 President Remengesau joined Ocean Elders, an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity President Remengesau joins H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Jane Goodall, Ted Turner and other notable individuals working together to protect the ocean and its resources in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans and seas resources”.

A leading advocate and voice for ocean protection in the Republic of Palau and the Pacific region, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. joins Ocean Elders and their efforts to working with and leverags the work of other ocean organizations, and influences governments and business decision-making to stimulate the protection and preservation of marine ecosystems. At the core of their efforts, is the active championing for the creation or expansion of marine protected areas, believing that marine protected areas are critical to both the protection and the recovery of marine ecosystems from human impacts.

In the past year, Ocean Elders attended and actively participated in a number of ocean related conferences and meetings, including the United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York and the “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta.  Moving forward, the Ocean Elders aims to increase its presence in major gatherings, boost efforts for ocean protection advocacy and strengthen partnerships for ocean protection. Ocean Elders also continues to focus efforts on the high seas, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the connection of the ocean to human health and plastic pollution.

President Remengesau is honored to be a member of Ocean Elders and commits to protecting the interest of the ocean and its resources domestically, regionally and internationally for the future generation.

For more information, visit http://www.oceanelders.org/

 

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