Alexandro C. Castro Sworn-in as the Fourth Non-Resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-034
May 22, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Administers the Oath of Office to Alexandro C. Castro, the Fourth Non-Resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division

On May 22, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. administered the oath of office for Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Island (CNMI) Judiciary as the newest and the fourth non-resident Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Palau Supreme Court.

President Remengesau congratulated and welcomed Associate Justice Castro to the Palau Judiciary stating, “Associate Justice Castro is an experienced and knowledgeable judge with a deep connection to Palau. I thank him for accepting Palau’s invitation to join the bench.”

As the newest member of the Appellate Division, Castro joins four other non-resident Associate Justices, including Associate Justice Dennis K. Yamase of FSM Supreme Court who was sworn-in on March 14 and Kevin Bennardo, a law professor at University of North Carolina who is scheduled to take his oath of office in July.

Each appointed and sworn-in non-resident Associate Justice as explained by Chief Justice Ngiraklsong during the ceremony held at the Judiciary Building in Ngerulmud, have some connection and experience with the Palau Supreme Court and the Republic of Palau, and will greatly contribute efforts in discharging of cases before the Appellate Division. Since January 2017, the Court has identified 24 conflict of interest cases that will require the Associate Justices of the Appellate Division’s attention and action.

Castro has served as a Judge for more than 28 years in the CNMI Supreme Court. He has also served various positions in law for more than a decade including CNMI’s Attorney General.

The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Vice President Raynold B. Oilouch and members of President Remengesau’s Cabinet, Senate President Hokkons Baules and members of the Senate, Speaker Sabino Anastacio and members of the House of Delegates, Reklai Bao Ngirmang representing our traditional leaders, CNMI Lieutenant Governor Victor B. Hocog, family and friends.

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Official Statement for Ongeim’l Tketau, Jellyfish Lake

Official Statement
For Ongeim’l Tketau, Jellyfish Lake

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism wishes to continue active engagement with Koror State Government, the 10th State Legislature, the Klobak ra Oreor and relevant parties to define an agreeable strategy to ensure the protection and sustainable use of the Jellyfish Lake. It is important to maintain dialogue with all stakeholders on matters of this magnitude, especially when such matters are of public interest and national priority. As a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, it is important that we demonstrate to the global community our efforts to better understand the factors negatively impacting the Jellyfish Lake and to inform appropriate policy decisions and management actions.

At this time, the Ministry is inclined to believe that the closure of the Jellyfish Lake is of key significance as it essentially removes additional stress that may be caused by visitors and human activities. While the closure is in effect, we wish to continue the important dialogue with technical partners to provide the information needed to guide these discussions with all stakeholders. We will also work with relevant agencies to convey a unified and clear message on the closure of the Jellyfish Lake while an assessment is undertaken. In providing such support, it is also import to note that the function of the national police will be to keep peace and order to the extend allowable by law and all pertinent statutes.

With the highest regards for our democratic and traditional governance systems, the Ministry requests the support and full cooperation of all parties concerned so that we could address this important matter which is simply to ensure the health and improved condition of the unique biodiversity found in the Jellyfish Lake. Clearly, this is an issue that can only be resolved through collaboration and we look forward to having such dialogue moving forward. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Public Advisory: Palau Placed on El Niño Watch

May 17, 2017

The National Emergency Committee (NEC) and The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is placing the Republic of Palau under the “EL NINO WATCH” and announce that current weather patterns in the Pacific indicate that the Republic of Palau has a up to a 65% chance of experiencing Severe Drought Conditions to occur in August 2017.

The weather phenomenon, El Nino, is a Pacific weather cycle that creates high sea surface temperatures that bring rain and storms to the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, opposite of their normal course of coming to the west where Palau is located.

The National Weather Service Office has informed the NEC that global weather monitoring stations indicate a strong possibility that prolonged extreme dry conditions may occur in the Republic of Palau beginning August 2017 with an expected duration of up to 10 months.  Expected dry conditions will be similar to the previous drought Palau experienced in 2016. While the possibility of drought stands at 50% to 65% to date, the National Weather Service Office will continue to monitor any changes and inform the NEC, NEMO and the General Public accordingly.

El Nino brings extreme dry conditions (Drought) with very little scattered rainfall to the Republic of Palau.  The amount of rainfall predicted for Palau between the months of August 2017 and April 2018 will not be sufficient to maintain adequate water levels in Palau’s two main water reservoirs (Ngerimel and Ngerikiil), including main water sources in all other States.

Water Conservation is instrumental in addressing predicted water shortage. The General Public including the private sector is urged to practice water conservation measures by minimizing water use and detect and repair water leaks in government property, private businesses and residences.


Press Release: President to Keynote UH at Hilo Commencement Exercise and Attend 73rd UNESCAP Meeting in Thailand

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-033
May 11, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau to Keynote University of Hawai’i at Hilo Commencement Exercise; and Attend the 73rd United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Meeting in Thailand

At the invitation of Chancellor Donald Straney of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. departed Palau on May 10 to deliver his keynote address at the University’s 2017 Spring Commencement Exercise scheduled on Saturday, May 13th.

From there, President Remengesau will travel to Thailand to attend the 73rd United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Meeting with the theme of “Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy”.

President Remengesau is expected to join other world leaders and senior officials including President Baron Divavesi Waqa of Nauru, Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga of Tuvalu and Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva of Tonga.

The UNESCAP Meeting will be held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok from May 15-19, 2017.

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Press Release: President Remengesau Accredits Second Ambassador of Qatar to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-032
May 10, 2017
Office of the President

On May 8, 2017, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. formally accepted and accredited Ali Ibrahim A. I. Al-Malki as the second non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Palau during a presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Capitol Building in Ngerulmud, Melekeok.

In welcoming Ambassador Al-Malki to Palau’s diplomatic corps, President Remengesau extended his commitment to work closely with the State of Qatar to explore ways for collaboration and cooperation, stating “We will work together to nurture and further enhance our existing bilateral relations and to overcome the many global challenges we face today. Be assured of Palau’s commitment to work closely with Qatar on matters of mutual concern and those relating to global peace and stability.”

With a thriving fishing industry and a growing renewable energy sector, President Remengesau expressed hope for both nations to work in partnership towards addressing challenges of energy security and climate change.

Furthermore, as the nation moves forward in development of its soccer program and incorporation into the national sports framework, President Remengesau expressed Palau’s support and success of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup. “We support Qatar’s hosting of a successful World Cup that will further strengthen global sports solidarity, peace and friendship.”

Ambassador Al-Malki conveyed greetings and well wishes to President Remengesau from His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamas Al-Thani, and further extended Qatar’s commitment to enhance Palau-Qatar relations, cooperation and friendship.

Ambassador Al-Malki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Cairo, a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Lelle Nord de France and a Diploma in diplomatic advisory practice.

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Press Release: President Remengesau Receives ROC Fleet of Friendship Officers at the Capitol

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-031
May 8, 2017
Office of the President

On May 8, 2017, Ambassador Michael Y. K. Tseng of the Republic of China-Taiwan to Palau, Rear Admiral Chiang Cheng-kuo and Navy officers from the ROC-Taiwan Fleet of Friendship, a fleet consisting of Flagship Pan-Shi, Frigate Si-Ning, and Frigate Chang-Chien, paid a courtesy visit to President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. at the Office of the President in Ngerulmud, Melekeok.

In its thirteenth visit to the Republic of Palau, President Remengesau expressed his appreciation of the Fleet’s continued goodwill visit since its establishment during his first-term as President 16 years ago, expressing, “The Fleet of Friendship visit is an important symbol and collaboration of our special relationship, friendship and brotherhood. The program also promotes people-to-people exchange amongst our people and further strengthens the strong relationship shared by the Republic of Palau and the Republic of China-Taiwan.”

In addition to the goodwill visits made by the Fleet of Friendship, the Republic of China-Taiwan in 2016 accepted two young Palauans, Francis Tkel and Shondel Techitong, to the Naval Academy of Taiwan. Two additional young Palauans are expected to attend the Academy in August this year. President Remengesau expressed his deep gratitude to the ROC for their partnership in this respect as well as efforts to maintain peace and security in the Asia-Pacific Region saying, “The Naval Academy of Taiwan provides our young Palauan men and women the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to the nation’s marine enforcement and surveillance program as well as peace and security in the region.”

Following its arrival to Palau over the weekend, the Fleet opened up the Frigate Si-Ning, a La Fayette class patrol ship for public touring and for families to spend their time together in observation of Palau’s Year of the Family. Added to the public tour, the fleet comprising of 735 Navy officers, soldiers and cadets from the Naval Academy also organized a cultural exchange program consisting of a marching band, color guards and martial arts performance at the Palau National Gymnasium on May 8.

Sharing the excitement of families visiting the vessel during the open house tour of Frigate Si-Ning on May 7, Rear Admiral Cheng-kuo stated the performances during the cultural exchange program further strengthens the close relations shared between Palau and the ROC.    He further thanked President Remengesau for his support of the goodwill visit.

Ambassador Tseng stated the Squadron has been very active during the duration of their visit and extends their appreciation to the People of Palau for their participation and attendance of programs.

The fleet departed Malakal Port for its next destination after the flag-hoisting ceremony held on May 9, 2017.

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NEC Press Release: Construction of Submarine Cable Links to the Islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk

NEC begins Construction of Submarine Cable Links to the
Islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk
– 100Gbps submarine cables connecting Palau and Micronesia –

Tokyo, May 4, 2017 – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), together with Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC; Republic of Palau) and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), today announced it has commenced construction of three submarine cable links, that will connect the islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk to the rest of the world.

BSCC, backed by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), signed a supply contract with NEC to construct the spur to Palau, while FSM, backed by a grant from the World Bank (WB), signed a supply contract with NEC to construct the spur to Yap, and signed an additional agreement this year for the extension from Pohnpei to Chuuk.

The spurs to Palau and Yap both interconnect with the SEA-US cable (under construction by NEC, connecting the Philippines and Indonesia to the west coast of the United States via Guam and Hawaii). The extension from Pohnpei, the capital of FSM, to Chuuk branches out of another existing cable linking FSM, the Marshall Islands and Guam. All three routes feature transmission speeds of 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) per channel.

“Palau has seen the need for a submarine cable for many years, recognizing the many national and economic benefits such facilities bring,” said George Rechucher, Chairman of the Board for BSCC. “However, the scope for a cost-effective connection for Palau was limited until the SEA-US cable was contracted, SEA-US being a major submarine cable express route passing close to the shores of Palau. With the unique opportunity provided by the SEA-US cable, co-operation with our customers, the Palau ICT Service Providers, and funding support from ADB, Palau will now be able to secure abundant capacity to the world and enable broadband Internet access in Palau with better quality and at reduced prices.”

“FSM has adopted a national policy to connect all four FSM states (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae) with fiber optic cable systems. In 2009, the HANTRU-1 cable system landed in the state of Pohnpei. With the WB grant funded project that became effective in March 2015, and through FSM’s collaboration and partnership with Palau and SEA-US, FSM is now on the cusp of securing cable connections to all of the FSM states” said Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure (DTCI) Secretary Lukner B. Weilbacher. “By the completion of this project, service providers in the FSM will be able to offer broadband connectivity to virtually the entire population of the FSM at competitive prices. The impact of this project cannot be underestimated, as it will provide the core infrastructure and services that will be a foundation for future development

“NEC is honored to have been selected as a partner for this significant project for the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, addressing the needs for faster connectivity throughout the island nations,” said Toru Kawauchi, General Manager and head of the Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation. “We take pride in delivering these new optical links to communities which had been dependent on satellite communications until now. We are confident these new extensions will contribute to improving the quality of life to those living in and traveling to these islands.”

NEC has been involved in the submarine cable system business for more than 40 years and is now recognized as one of the world’s top submarine cable vendors. Including the current construction of the SEA-US cable, the first 100Gbps trans-Pacific cable, NEC has laid a total of more than 250,000 kilometers of cable—the equivalent of six trips around the earth’s equator.


About Belau Submarine Cable Corporation

BSCC is an entity established in Palau as a statutory corporation, with its principal office at P.O. Box 6051, Koror, Palau 96940. BSCC is a 100% state-owned entity of the Republic of Palau and the implementing agency for the submarine cable project. BSCC has signed (i) an IRU agreement with GTI Corporation (an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, Inc.) to provide an IRU of wavelengths (5 x 100Gbps) and a Branching Unit (BU) on the main trunk of the SEA-US West Subsystem (connecting Indonesia, the Philippines and Guam) and (ii) a supply contract with NEC, the supplier for the SEA-US cable, for a spur cable linking the BU on the SEA-US West Subsystem to Palau. BSCC, as owner of the spur and the IRU, will provide open bandwidth access to the international cable system for all domestic telecommunications operators.

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About the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure and the FSM Telecommunications Cable Corporation

The FSM Government with funding from the WB is implementing the largest donor funded telecom project in the Pacific which includes implementation of market liberalization and regulatory reforms in tandem with new investments in the delivery of broadband connectivity to the FSM states of Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae. Overall project implementation responsibilities resides in the DTCI with its principal office at P.O. Box PS-2, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM 96941. For more information visit

DTCI has signed (i) an IRU agreement with Telkom Indonesia (Telin) to provide an IRU of wavelengths (5 x 100Gbps) and a Branching Unit (BU) on the main trunk of the SEA-US West Subsystem (connecting Indonesia, the Philippines and Guam) and (ii) a supply contract with NEC, the supplier for the SEA-US cable, for a spur cable linking the BU on the SEA-US West Subsystem to Yap, along with a contract extension that includes a cable linking Weno Island Chuuk to the existing spur on to the HANTRU-1 cable system in Pohnpei to Guam.

Ownership and implementation responsibilities for the fiber optic cable systems is transferring from DTCI to the newly established FSM Telecommunications Cable Corporation (FSMTCC). FSMTCC, as owner of the Yap and Chuuk cable systems, will provide open bandwidth access to the international cable systems for all domestic telecommunications operators.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at

The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit

NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. ©2017 NEC Corporation.

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BSCC Press Release: Palau Interconnect Agreement Signed in Guam

Belau Submarine Cable Corporation
Press Release
May 4, 2017

Palau Interconnect Agreement signed in Guam

The Chairman of Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC), Mr. George Rechucher, today signed an Interconnection Agreement with Globe Telecom’s CEO, Mr. Ernest Cu. At the same time the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Mr. Lukner Weilbacher, signed a similar agreement with the Chief Technology Officer of Telin, Pak Nanang Hendarno. Signing of the agreements was witnessed by the President of Palau, His Excellency Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and the President of FSM, His Excellency Peter Christian, at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Guam.

The agreements provide for spur submarine fiber optic cables currently under construction from Palau and Yap in FSM to interconnect with the SEA-US cable for onward transport to Guam. Globe Telecom (Philippines) and Telin (Indonesia) are major owners of SEA-US, a new cable that will link Indonesia and the Philippines to the USA via Guam and Hawaii, in partnership with GTA (Guam), Hawaiian Telecom (USA) and RTI (USA).

Construction of the spur from Ngeremlengui state in Palau to the SEA-US cable to the north is well advanced, with the modular Cable Landing Station expected to arrive at Koror next week. From there it will be transported by barge to the landing site for installation.

President Remengesau said, “I am delighted to see this milestone marked today. The submarine fiber network will be critical to so many aspects of our life in Palau, from healthcare to education, from social networking to business. With the BSCC network expected to be in service before the end of the year, Palau is on the move.”

The Interconnection Agreements provide for five 100 Gigabit per second wavelengths to Guam, more than 1000 times the current capacity available in Palau, and will provide a big boost to businesses, schools, hospitals and clinics, government services, entertainment and social networking. The BSCC project is currently on schedule, and is expected to be in service in December 2017. BSCC Chairman George Rechucher confirmed, “We are progressing strongly towards our goal of Ready for Service by the end of 2017. We are confident we are on target.”

Palau will see an increasing level of activity in coming weeks and months, with expert teams from Sweden (Flexenclosure, the Cable Landing Station supplier), Japan (NEC, the submarine cable network supplier) and throughout the Pacific (the BSCC Project Management Unit) arriving to install equipment and ensure the highest quality standards. Local contractors, Surangel’s, have been busy preparing the Ngeremlengui landing site.

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Elbuchel Sadang said, “BSCC has been positioned to deliver abundant capacity to our retail service providers in Palau at cost, ensuring maximum benefit to the community and commerce. We expect our service providers will step up to the plate and make the most of this opportunity to transform their businesses.”

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ROC Fleet of Friendship to Pay Goodwill Visit to Palau from May 7-9

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-030
May 1, 2017
Office of the President

The Fleet of Friendship from Taiwan (ROC) will pay a goodwill visit to Palau on May 07-09, 2017.

The fleet, consisting of Flagship Pan-Shi, Frigate Si-Ning and Frigate Chang-Chien, conducting “Midshipmen Cruising and Training squadron,” will call at the port of Malakal in the morning of Sunday, May 07, 2017. A welcoming ceremony will be presided over jointly by H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau and H.E. Michael Y. K. Tseng, Ambassador of Taiwan, at 2 pm at the port.
On May 08, there will be Navy marching band and color/honor guards’ drills, and Marine Corps’ martial arts performances at the Belau National Gymnasium at 3 pm. Their performances are both powerful and disciplined. In Taiwan, they only perform when there are national celebrations, military ceremonies and official parades. It is free admission to the general public. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the program.

The general public also has an opportunity to tour on board the Frigate Si-Ning, a La Fayette class patrol ship. The open-house time is 2:35 pm-5:00 pm on Sunday, May 7, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, May 8, 2017. Visitors are required to show photo ID. Children under 12-year old, though photo IDs not required, must be accompanied by adults. Since this year is the Year of the Family in Palau as announced by the President, all Palauan families are invited to spend their family time on the ship during its opening hours.

The fleet comprises 735 navy officers, soldiers, and cadets from Taiwan’s Naval Academy. Each year, graduating cadets sail aboard the Fleet of Friendship for shipboard training. During the long voyage, future naval officers are given opportunities to practice their combat skills and tactics and to enrich their navigational experiences. In recent years, Taiwan’s Fleet of Friendship has sailed to South East Asia, the Pacific islands, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and other parts of the world. This is the 13th visit of Taiwan’s Friendship Fleet to Palau.

In 2016, for the first time two Palauans, Francis Tkel and Shondel Techitong, were accepted to the Naval Academy of Taiwan. Their performances as cadets at the Academy have been applauded by their teachers and peers. This coming August, another two young Palauans are expected to be on board as well. Therefore upon their graduation in a few years’ time, we can expect to see these Palauan students on the Taiwan Fleet of Friendship visiting their home country, Palau. This new connection between Taiwan and Palau has manifested the special brotherhood relationship between our two countries.

The fleet will set sail from Malakal Port for its next destination after a flag-hoisting ceremony at 8 am on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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22nd Micronesian Islands Forum Called to Order in Guam

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-029
May 1, 2017
Office of the President

22nd Micronesian Islands Forum Called to Order in Guam

The 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum was called to order on Monday, May 1 with President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia, Chairman of this year’s Forum Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Foreign Minister John Silk of the Republic of the Marshall Islands representing President Hilda Heine, Governor Ralph Torres of the CNMI, Governor Johnson Elimo of Chuuk State, Governor Marcelo Peterson of Pohnpei State, and Lt. Governor James Yangetmai of Yap State at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

The Chief Executives’ agenda of the day included committee reports delivered by the nine-standing committees including the Micronesian Challenge, Regional Invasive Species Council, Regional Workforce Development Council, Regional Tourism Committee, Regional Energy Committee, and the Committee on Communications, Regional Transportation Committee, Pacific Islands Regional Recycling Initiative Council, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the Micronesian Center for a Sustainable Future.

Calling for stronger regional partnership and cooperation, President Remengesau stated in his opening remarks, “While we have come a long way in the past sixteen years working with one another to identify sustainable development issues that merited our joint consideration and engagement, we seem to have hit a bit of a standstill. And that problem is our lack of follow-through on the initiatives that we have identified for our mutual action.”

Furthermore, President Remengesau called for greater efforts to develop the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Future, stating, “While we have made efforts in the past to develop the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Future forward as the secretariat for the former MCES and now the MIF, our efforts have simply not borne fruit. In the spirit of the renaming of the Micronesia Chief Executives’ Summit as the Micronesian Islands Forum, I would therefore like to recommend that we rename the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Center as the Micronesia Islands Forum Secretariat. Along with this new name, I would request that you favorably consider the proposals being placed before our Micronesian Leaders to provide this Secretariat with the necessary structure to activate the bureaucratic arm of our regional body.”

In closing President Remengesau expressed to the Chief Executives, “We are not separated by the ocean. We are connected by the ocean.”

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