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.

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Taiwan-Palau Stimulus Grants Program Awarded to PNOC, Ngeremlengui State and Sonsorol State

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-039
June 13, 2017
Office of the President

Taiwan-Palau Stimulus Grants Program Awarded to Ngeremlengui State Government, Sonsorol State Government and PNOC

Congratulations to the Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) and the Athletes of the 11th Belau Games, the Sonsorol State Men’s Association (Thafaas) and the Ngeremlengui State Government on receiving funding from the Taiwan-Palau Small Grants Program to support their initiatives this summer 2017.

An award of $1,000.00 for team support was made to each of the 14 participating States (Ngeremlengui and Aimeliik declining to join), with $2,000 going to the Palau Youth Council for management support and $2,000 to PNOC for volunteers and officials uniforms and meals.  The 11th Belau Games are scheduled for June 23 to July 2, 2017.

The Ngeremlengui State grant of $10,000 is to support the State’s Youth “Remerang” summer internship program helping to protect and preserve wildlife.  Working alongside State conservation officers in the Ngermeskang Bird Sanctuary to maintain bird sanctuary trails, Ngeremlengui youth will develop bird monitoring and tour guiding skills and learn the principles of natural resource ownership.

Sonsorol State received $18,000 towards two brand new Yamaha outboard boat engines for their boat to be used in a project that will teach Sonsorol youth traditional fishing techniques and navigation. The objective of this effort will be to improve food security for the people of Sonsorol.

On behalf of the Republic, President Remengesau expressed his appreciation to the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their generous support for the upcoming Belau Games, for fostering wildlife preservation in our largest terrestrial bird sanctuary and for reviving traditional fishing among the citizens of our small island state of Sonsorol.

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Ismael Aguon Sworn-In as Director of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA)

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-17-036
May 26, 2017
Office of the President

Ismael Aguon Sworn-In as Director of the Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA)

On May 26, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. administered the Oath of Office, swearing-in Ismael Aguon as the Director of the newly created Narcotics Enforcement Agency with his family, friends, and fellow officers standing witness. Palau’s Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch, in his welcoming remarks expressed his eagerness to have Aguon on board and relayed the same sentiments from his other Directors that “Aguon will certainly pick up where he left off with our fight against drugs and crime in his previous position as head of the Drug Task Force.

President Tommy Remengesau made it very clear in his statement that “those involved in drugs have their days numbered. They cannot continue to reap fortunes at the cost of our children’s lives and they cannot continue to put every single person’s life at risk while they make their living – destroying families and robbing this country of its future. I am confident that Aguon and his team, with the Attorney General and the entire Police Department will put these people behind bars, said the President.

“This is our biggest and toughest challenge. We can only be successful together. We can only be successful if work together diligently, ensuring that our part is done in the best possible manner – ensuring that we make no mistakes in the criminal justice process bringing every drug traffickers to justice.” Added President Remengesau.

In his remarks, Director Ismael Aguon highlighted his approach to eliminating drugs in Palau. “Prevention and enforcement have to work together. My team and I will work harder in getting drug users off of drugs and we will work even harder in bringing traffickers and dealers to Justice.” Says Aguon.

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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.

For more information, visit http://belaucable.com.

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 www.ict.fm.

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 http://www.nec.com.

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 http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.

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