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.

To download a copy of this press release, click on the highlighted link: Press Release_Signing of Joint Venture Agreemnt_07AUG2017_FINAL

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.

Click on the highlighted link to download this press release: Press Release_Palau Cultural Center Groundbreaking_31JULY2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Encourages 10th Basic Police Academy Cadets to Strive Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-045
July 14, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Encourages 10th Basic Police Academy Cadets to Strive Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

 Addressing the 23 police cadets of the 10th Basic Police Academy who graduated from the program on July 14th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. encouraged and urged the cadets to strive above and beyond the call of duty in their law enforcement careers.

“Law enforcement is a profession that requires one to perform above and beyond the call of duty,” said President Remengesau. He further stated, “Palau needs you. We need your passion in the protection of life and property and maintaining peace.”

The cadets, most of whom have joined the police force where urged to establish good working relationships with the Office of the Attorney General and all law enforcement agencies.

During the ceremony held at the Palau Community College Cafeteria, six outstanding cadets were awarded and recognized for their achievements in Academic Excellence, Physical Fitness, Against All Odds, Outstanding Leadership, Perfect Attendance and Top Gun.

The 10th Basic Police Academy was a 14-week training program from April 17 to June 14, 2017.

Click on the following link to download this press release: Press Release_10th Basic Police Academy_14JULY2017_FINAL

11th Belau Games Results

The 11th Belau Games came to a close on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Below is a message from the 11th Belau Games Organizing Committee :

With years of preparations and training’s, the 10 days Belau National Games has come to an end. We have seen many different game faces along the way from losing to winning, some were celebrating for their win and some were emotional for their loses. Many athletes, coaches and fans were upset and frustrated and other who were celebrating in joy and happiness for their accomplishments. At the end of the day, that is the true Olympic spirit we all share in every games we play. With that being said, we would like to congratulate all the Athletes, Coaches and spectators for all the hard work and efforts for your success. We also would like to thank all the volunteers for your time and commitments and also our sponsors and partners for your continuous support in all the sports program in Palau and the Region.

Thank you and God Bless us all,

11th Belau Games Organizing Committee

Click on the following links to download final results:

  1. Final Medal Tally_070217_500pm
  2. July 02 2017 Results
  3. Sports Top Men & Women

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Outgoing Italy Ambassador Massimo Roscigno

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-042
June 28, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Bids Farewell to Outgoing Italy Ambassador Massimo Roscigno

On June 28, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. bid farewell to H.E. Ambassador Massimo Roscigno of Italy to the Republic of Palau.

In thanking Ambassador Roscigno for his service to Palau, President Remengesau stated: “I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your friendship, assistance and work in our bilateral relationship. Italy is an important partner to Palau, in particular, its support and partnership of Palau’s environmental undertakings.”

Ambassador Roscigno expressed Italy stands in solidary and shares sympathies with Palau on climate change and global warming challenges, and will continue to work closely with Palau in this area.

Ambassador Roscigno has served in Italy’s Foreign Service for more than 35 years. Having served 5 years as a member of Palau’s diplomatic corps and as a friend, he offered his assistance to Palau in whatever capacity he may hold in the future.

Click on this link to download this press release: Press Release_Courtesy Visit Ambassador Massimo Roscigno_28JUNE2017_FINAL

President Remengesau Accepts H.E. Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s Credentials as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-041
June 28, 2017
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accepts H.E. Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s Credentials as Second Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Palau

On June 27, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accepted His Excellency Rodrigo do Amaral Souza’s credentials as the second Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Palau during the presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Executive Building in Ngerulmud.

President Remengesau extended warm congratulations to Ambassador Souza on behalf of the people and government of Palau, and further expressed desires to strengthen partnership and relations. “I look forward to working with you and the government of Brazil to advance our friendship, partnership and relations.”

“I am honored and privileged to be here as the second Ambassador to Palau. Geographically, Brazil is far from Palau, however we share mutual values and interests, including the protection of the ocean and the environment. I look forward to working with Palau closely moving forward”, expressed Ambassador Souza.

Ambassador Souza has served in various foreign and diplomatic service positions for more than 30 years.

Click on this link to download this press release: Press Release_Presentation of Credentials Brazil Ambassador Souza_28JUNE2017_FINAL

Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg Swears in as Minister of State

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-038
June 13, 2017
Office of the President

Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg Swears in as Minister of State

On June 13, Mrs. Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg took her oath of office as the Minister of State and the newest member of President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.’s Cabinet.

With a wealth of experience in public service, the preservation of Palau’s heritage and history through her roles as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, and as Director and Curator of the Belau National Museum, President Remengesau expressed confidence that Minister Rehuher-Marugg will work diligently to represent the Republic of Palau in international forums, both inside and outside of the Republic.

In congratulating and welcoming Minister Rehuher-Marugg, President Remengesau also expressed his appreciation to Minister Billy Kuartei for his service to the public and the years he dedicated to the community.

Minister Rehuher-Marugg’s oath of office was administered by Judge Rosemary Skebong. The swearing in ceremony was held at the Office of the President in Ngerulmud, and witnessed by elected and traditional leaders in addition to Minister Rehuher-Marugg’s family and friends.

To download this press release, click on this link: Press Release_Minister Rehuher-Marugg_13JUNE2017_FINAL