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

For Immediate Release
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

For Immediate Release
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.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. President Remengesau Accredits new Belgium Ambassador_15FEB2018_FINAL

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.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Foreign Investment Board Steps Up Enforcement_15FEB2018_DRAFT

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.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Marshall Islands Officials Visit Palau for a Learning Exchange Program_13FEB2018_FINAL

President Remengesau and the Palau Leadership Launch Preparation for the Hosting of the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-094
February 13, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau and the Palau Leadership Launch Preparation for the Hosting of the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020

On February 12th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and the Palau Leadership together launched preparation for the hosting of the “Our Oceans” Conference in 2020 through the signing of Executive Order No. 411 that creates an Executive Committee for the Conference, RPPL No. 10-18 establishing a dedicated account for “Our Oceans” Conference, and RPPL No. 10-19 appropriating $100,000 to Our Oceans Conference 2020 Fund.

“Tonight we are officially announcing our work and responsibility in hosting the 2020 “Our Ocean” Conference. The question is, how and why Palau? Well, we are going to host this Conference because we will have something positive to contribute”, stated President Remengesau before national, state and traditional leaders during the launching ceremony held at Ming’s Restaurant, Palasia Hotel. “We will share with the world what our culture is and what we have been doing throughout our history, through our traditional knowledge and practices. We will share with the world our practices that have been proven effective by scientists. That’s why Palau will be, perhaps, the first country to host an international conference with a population of 20,000.”

He further stated, “We want to believe big ideas can come from small places. While it is true that Palau is only 1% land and 99% ocean, I think we should also be glad that we are may be a small island state, but we are a large ocean state. As caretakers of a large ocean, we do know how to take care of the ocean. We do know and understand the ocean.  Our lives revolve around the cycle of the moon and what we do with the ocean.”

During the launching ceremony, Paramount Chief Raphael B. Ngirmang announced Melekeok State Government and its leadership have pledged a land for the construction of a Convention Center that could be used during the Conference.

The ceremony was also attended by members of non-profit organizations and civil societies. The Nature Conservancy whose representatives attended the ceremony announced donation of $50,000 to the Fund.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Launching of Preparation for Our Oceans Conference_13FEB2018_FINAL

President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium of the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-097
February 15, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium of the Republic of Palau

On February 14th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Michel Goffin as the third Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Republic of Palau.

President Remengesau congratulated Ambassador Goffin of assuming his post and expressed hope for both nations to explore ways to further collaboration in the area concerning health, climate change and ocean security and protection, and other areas of mutual interests.

Ambassador Goffin recognizes the importance of ocean issues for the Republic of Palau and shared that although Belgium is not known for its leadership in maritime matters, the nation has a long history of maritime and ocean management. He further expressed commitments to work with Palau on areas concerning tourism, multilateral issues, global warming and climate change.

The Presentation of Credentials ceremony was held at the Office of the President at the National Capitol and attended by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Raphael B. Ngirmang, Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, Senator Aric Nakamura, Ambassador Goffin’s wife and son and Cabinet Ministers.

Ambassador Goffin is accredited to the Republic of Palau with residence in Manila, Philippines.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. President Remengesau Accredits new Belgium Ambassador_15FEB2018_FINAL

The Nippon Foundation to Handover Patrol Vessel, Marine Law Administrative Building, and Vessel Berth to the Republic of Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-092
February 12, 2018
Office of the President

The Nippon Foundation to Handover Patrol Vessel, Marine Law Administrative Building, and Vessel Berth to the Republic of Palau

Today, February 13 2018, the handover ceremony for the new patrol vessel “Kedam”, administrative building “Bai ra Bul” and berth “Melusch Melachel” donated by The Nippon Foundation will be held at the Division of Marine Law Enforcement (DMLE), Koror, Palau.

The Nippon Foundation and the government of the Republic of Palau exchanged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in February 2015 which included these three pillars of support towards Palau’s Coast Guard Capability Enhancement, Protection of the Environment and Eco-conscious Tourism.

In 2016, The Nippon Foundation, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the government of the Republic of Palau held a trilateral meeting where the MOU was further strengthened with new provisions added enhancing the capabilities and capacity of Palau’s marine law enforcement.

These included several new provisions such as a “40 meter-type Patrol Vessel”; “assistance for Crew Employment and Training”; a “berth for patrol vessels” and a “New Administrative Building” as well as patrol boat “Euatel”.

The Nippon Foundation will also provide 10 years’ maintenance cost related to “Kedam”, while the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will provide training and salary for the crew.

Since the signing of the 2016 MOU, many provisions have successfully completed leading up to the handover ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by the government and traditional leaders of Palau including attendance of the President of the Republic of Palau and the Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation.

Click the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Nippon Foundation Turnover Ceremony_12FEB2018_FINAL

President Remengesau Thanks U.S. Peace Corps for their Service to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-091
February 9, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Thanks U.S. Peace Corps for their Service to Palau

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. expressed its deepest appreciation and gratitude to the United States Peace Corps Volunteers Program for their service and contribution to the People and the Government of the Republic of Palau.

Since establishing presence in 1966 and dispatching more than 4,300 volunteers to the Micronesian region who contributed in the areas of environmental protection, education, health, sustainable tourism and economic development, the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. has officially announced its closure of service to the region, particularly to Palau and FSM during 2018.

“The Peace Corps Program contributed immensely to the development of Palau. The People and Government of Palau will certainly miss the presence of Peace Corps Volunteers in our communities. Fortunately, we share a unique, historical friendship and relations with the United States, and I’m confident our two nations will continue to collaborate and cooperate in a variety of areas in the years to come,” stated President Remengesau.

Peace Corps Acting Director Sheila Crowley stated, “The most essential component of our cooperation will remain the fellowship between Peace Corps Volunteers and their colleagues and friends. Returned Volunteers’ ongoing contributions as informal citizen ambassadors for Palau will continue to serve as a lasting legacy of mutual collaboration.”

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. Peace Corps Program_09FEB2018_FINAL

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.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release re. President Remengesau Accredits Italy Ambassador_09FEB2018_FINAL

Special Weather Statement: February 11, 2018 (As of 4:45 PM)

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
Sunday, February 11, 2018
4:45 PM

This is a Special Weather Statement Update from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service informing the public that a Tropical Storm 02W has slowed down and weakened as it approaches Palau. Heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and windier conditions of 25-30 mph with wind gusts of up to 40 mph will be expected tonight.

Sea and Surf conditions may become hazardous during this time with a combination of swells and wind waves across Palau. The public is reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving for possible flooding, landslides/mudslides and debris.

NEMO and the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

PALAUAN

Tia subed loltobed er ngii a obis ra NEMO ma Kansok el louchais el kmo tial Tropical Storm 02W a mla merael el mo soro a retell er a bebul a daob e merael el mo mechitechut a klisichel.

A ikal obis a ouchais el kmong melemolem a techellel a klou el chull ma derumk ma klisichel a yolt a mo remurt ra bekord el 25-30 mph lobengkel a yab el mo ngara 40 mph.

A iuul ma daob ra ikrel a chelemoll meng dirrek el melemolm el meringel er chelchang el mo lmmut er se lorael tial Tropical Storm 02W el mocheroid ra beluad.

Malewaisei, ea uleklatk a mora buai el kmo, dongetmokl a mauari er kid e bode kerekikl a tekoi ra bekall ra rael leng mo klou a techellel a rael el mielb malechub eng mongkangk.

Ma aikal obis a melemolem lomes er tial teletelel a yanged ma daob e mouchais lokiu tial radio station.

 

Kom kmal mesulang,

 

Waymine Towai
Coordinator

Click on the following link to download this statement: Special Weather Statement February 11 (As of 4 PM)