Office of the President Reviews Applications of Candidates for Special Prosecutor

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-129
June 13, 2018
Office of the President

Office of the President Reviews Applications of Candidates for Special Prosecutor

The Office of the President has made some significant progress in seeking a Special Prosecutor for the Republic of Palau. Since the Special Prosecutor position vacancy was announced on April 20, 2018, the Office of the President has received numerous interested applicants and has conducted multiple rounds of interviews with a number of qualified applicants.

The solicitation for the Special Prosecutor position was widely received globally including the Pacific Region and the United States through postings on Prosecutor Council boards, Public Service Attorney Job boards, and the U.S. National District Attorneys Association announcement board.

President Tommy E. Remengesau is currently reviewing the applications of strong candidates for the position maintaining the importance of hiring a Special Prosecutor who has a strong academic background and a demonstrated ability to produce high quality written work that must be able to work effectively with a diverse team and be able to analyze complex legal issues. Moreover, President Remengesau is looking to appoint a candidate that will commit to the full term of the position.

The Special Prosecutor position is filled by an appointment process. A candidate for Special Prosecutor is appointed by the President of the Republic of Palau, confirmed by the Senate of the Palau National Congress and, once appointed, subject only to for-cause removal by the President. The Special Prosecutor is expected to serve a term of five years.

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President Remengesau Recognizes Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students and Presents the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-127
June 8, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Recognizes Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students and Presents the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award

On June 6th, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. hosted the 3rd annual dinner to recognize and congratulate Palau’s 2018 Outstanding Students.

The President took the opportunity to encourage the students to take full advantage of the many educational opportunities available to further their education and become Palau’s leaders. “You are not leaders of tomorrow. You are leaders starting today. Life is never going to be easy. You will make mistakes. You will fall, but pick yourself up. Don’t give up on your dreams or your goals. Don’t think of yourself as a failure and believe others can, but you can’t because each of us is born the same and we have the God given talents to use it to the best of our abilities and potential. So go out there and create your future. Don’t wait for destiny to be upon you. Create your destiny. Create your future. Be the man and be the woman you are entitled to be”, remarked President Remengesau.

President Remengesau and Education Minister Sinton Soalablai presented 79 outstanding students with 3.5 GPA and above with a Certificate of Recognition further acknowledging their outstanding academic achievements.

High school valedictorians, Justice Tungel Remoket of Emmaus-Bethania High School, Madrey Polloi of Mindszenty High School, Jerry-Lyn Singeo of Palau Mission Academy Britney Blaluk of Palau High School and Augusta Ilemelong of Belau Modekngei School, were each awarded with the 2018 Presidential Valedictorian Award with an all-expense paid trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong with their family.

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Saipan Belau Bai Project Committee to Construct a new Community Cultural Hall in the CNMI

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-126
June 8, 2018
Office of the President

Saipan Belau Bai Project Committee to Construct a new Community Cultural Hall in the CNMI

On May 29th at the Aqua Resort in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and Governor Ralph Torres signed an agreement authorizing Saipan Belau Bai Project Committee the rights to use a 7,000 square meter parcel of land in the Capitol Hill area to develop a new Community Cultural Hall.

“The CNMI Government and Governor Torres’ generosity is a great testament to the strong historical friendship, relationship and partnership Palau has shared with the CNMI”, remarked President Remengesau. The President further congratulated the Committee and the Association for their efforts to establish a space where Palauans can come together to foster our klechibelau while preserving our unique identity as Palauans.

The Saipan Belau Bai Project Committee in collaboration with the Saipan-Palau Association hopes to construct a new Bai and Consulate Office, including a conference room and a guestroom that would serve Palauans visiting Saipan for training and other opportunities.

The parcel of land handed over by the Government of the CNMI is approximately 7,000 square meters located in the Capitol Hill area. The Committee has a long way go, but expressed their eagerness to begin developing plans to break ground this summer and begin construction work before the end of 2018 with hopes of unveiling the new Community Cultural Hall by year 2020.

The Saipan Belau Bai Project Committee is a non-profit organization chartered in Saipan with the objective of bringing together the goals and desires of Palauans in the CNMI.

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Ambassador Uludong Addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the Election of the 73rd UNGA President

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-128
June 8, 2018
Office of the President

Ambassador Uludong Addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the Election of the 73rd UNGA President

On June 5, 2018 before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA, Ambassador Ngedikes Olai Uludong Palau’s Permanent Representative to the UN delivered a statement of support and congratulations on behalf of the Asia Pacific Group (AGP) at the occasion of the election of the President of the 73rd General Assembly.

Congratulating the 73rd UNGA President-elect María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Ambassador Uludong stated, “The President of the General Assembly position is not only prominent and prestigious but also requires committed leadership. We have no doubt that you, Madame President-elect, will stir this most important of forums of multilaterism in a unique and effective way to meet the challenges of the complex modern world we live in.” Ambassador Uludong further remarked, “While I am proud, as a woman speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group, to congratulate Her Excellency, it was especially gratifying to see this year that gender was not an issue in the election when we were asked to choose the person for the post.”

As chair of the AGP for the month of June in representation of the Republic of Palau, Ambassador Uludong further extended the AGP’s readiness to support President-elect Garcés to ensure that countries remain united in its efforts to find solutions to global challenges that lie ahead.

President-elect Garcés, the Ecuador Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, is the fourth woman to be elected as President in 73 years. In her appreciation speech, she dedicated “the election to all women in the world who participate in politics.” During her presidency, she is committed to encourage dialogue and facilitate consensus with an open door policy for all member states.

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2018 President’s Day Junior Anglers Fishing Derby Program Successful

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-125
June 6, 2018
Office of the President

2018 President’s Day Junior Anglers Fishing Derby Program Successful

On Friday, June 1st, the Office of the President in collaboration with the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism and in partnership with Blue Bay Petroleum, Sea Passion Hotel, the Embassy of the Republic of China, Koror State Government, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), and the Friends of the PNMS hosted a successful President’s Day Junior Anglers Fishing Derby Program.

More than 40 young fishers aged 9 to 14 years old registered and participated in the catch and release program where they each learned how to set up their fishing lines, hooks, baits and weights as they prepared for a day of fun and fishing in the sun.

Participants were awarded based on the total weight caught. 9-year old Landisang Ngiramengior placed first with a prize of $100.00 and a glass trophy for 7 lbs, 12 oz of total weight caught.  12-year old Share Isebong Shmull placed second with a prize of $80.00 for 7 lbs, 9 oz of total weight caught. 12-year old Kenrad Eberdong placed third with a prize of $60.00 for 6 lbs, 13 oz of total weight caught. 14-year old Debante Sikong came in at fourth place for a prize of $40.00 for 6 lbs, 5 oz of total weight caught and 13-year old Bernize Gepty came in at fifth place with a prize of $20.00 for a total of 5 lbs, 12 oz of weight caught.

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants as well as their families for a successful fishing derby.

[Photo Credit: Elsei Tellei]

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Republic of Palau and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) execute Grant Agreement towards Construction of National Landfill

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-123
May 28, 2018
Office of the President

Republic of Palau and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) execute Grant Agreement towards Construction of National Landfill

Following a successful meeting between the National Government, Aimeliik State Government and JICA during the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) in Japan, Minister of State Faustina Rehuher-Marugg, MPIIC Minister Charles Obichang, and JICA Resident Representative Mr. Nobuaki Miyata signed the Grant Agreement on May 28, 2018 making available approximately $12 million (JPY 1,311,000,000) in JICA grant funding towards the National Landfill to be built in the State of Aimeliik.

With the site of the landfill secured in Ongerarekieu, Aimeliik, initial administrative work is to begin within one month after signing of the contract including consulting services, procurement of equipment, and ultimately the construction of the new national landfill. The JICA Grand funding is available from May 28, 2018 until July 31, 2022.

For more information about this project, you may download a copy of the Grant Agreement and the Letter of Communications.  To download a copy of this press release in PDF, click HERE.

Soka University awards President Remengesau “Cultural and Educational Recognition Award” and commemorates University’s close ties with Palau

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-120
May 24, 2018
Office of the President

Soka University awards President Remengesau “Cultural and Educational Recognition Award” and commemorates University’s close ties with Palau

May 21, 2018- After the successful meeting with Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8), President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. with his delegation, visited his fellow alumni at Soka University in Hachioji, Japan, where sixteen years ago in June 2002, President Remengesau was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

During this visit in May 2018, Soka University recognized President Remengesau for his leadership in environmental protection, cultural preservation, and education awareness presenting him with the Soka University’s “Cultural and Educational Recognition Award”.

With over a hundred faculty and students present, President Remengesau accepted the award on behalf of the people of Palau thanking the Soka University Board of Trustees, Soka President Mr. Yoshihisa Baba and expressed his deep appreciation for such an esteemed recognition from the University. President Remengesau also took the opportunity to thank again, Soka University Founder Mr. Daisaku Ikeda for the university’s warm welcome during his first visit in 2002 and extended his gratitude for the many contributions of school supplies and cultural exchanges over the years between Palau and the University since their first meeting.

In June 2002, President Remengesau was Keynote Speaker at the University’s commencement exercise and was impressed during this visit of the modern program and infrastructural enhancements undertaken by the school since then.  “I am very excited to see the level of programs and degrees Soka University offers. I hope we can work together on establishing a scholarship program to bring Palau’s students to attend Soka University in the near future,” President Remengesau remarked. And in efforts to further strengthen the relationship between Palau and Soka University, President Remengesau proposed for the University to become the central network hub for academic research for Palauan students attending Japan’s universities, colleges, and institutions giving  Palauan students improved accessibility to educational information.

After his visit at Soka Univeristy, President Remengesau and his delegation met with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and SGI President Harada at the SGI Headquarters in Tokyo. The President discussed about fostering youth programs with SGI and the anticipated Palau Cultural Center that Soka University Founder Ikeda is contributing to Palau for its cultural and social activities for the community.  President Remengesau expressed his excitement on the completion of the cultural center in 2018 as a vital place for gatherings of activities and especially, for major events in Palau. President Remengesau extended an invitation to SGI President Mr. Harada for SGI to collaborate with Palau on engaging international youths to participate in the “Our Ocean” Conference to be hosted by Palau in 2020.

President Harada expressed his support to Palau’s hosting of the event as they both recognize the importance of youth leading the movements for environmental protection and on carrying the torch for building peace and understanding for a brighter future. The meeting concluded with both President Remengesau and SGI President Harada extending their continued support for the close friendship between Palau and Japan.

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President Remengesau Accredits French Ambassador Nicolas Galey

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-121
May 24, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Accredits French Ambassador Nicolas Galey

On May 24, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Nicolas Galey as the eight non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Republic of Palau during a presentation of credentials ceremony held at the Executive Building in Ngerulmud.

Welcoming Ambassador Galey to Palau, President Remengesau congratulated him on assuming his new role and expressed his desires for stronger collaboration between Palau and France on areas including environment, tourism and economic development.

Ambassador Galey states he looks forward to further collaboration and commits to working with Palau to strengthen its partnership and relationship.

President Remengesau further expressed his hope for partnership with France in the upcoming 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference to further demonstrate commitments on the environment and the ocean.

Prior to his Ambassadorial post in the Asia-Pacific region, Ambassador Galey served as the Ambassador to the Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean. Ambassador Galey is accredited to Palau with residence in Manila, Philippines.

The ceremony was attended by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount Chief Reklai Bao Ngirmang, Senator Aric Nakamura, Delegate Mario Gulibert and Cabinet Ministers.

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President Remengesau Attends the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8 Summit) in Japan

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. attended the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting also known as PALM8 Summit in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture in Japan held from May 18-19, 2018.

[L-R] Deputy Chief of Staff Rebluud Kesolei, Economic Advisor Donald Haruo, State Minister Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, H.E. President Remengesau, Palau Ambassador to Japan Francis Matsutaro, and Charles Mitchell of the Palau Embassy in Japan.

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President Remengesau Receives Courtesy Call from Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Affairs

For Immediate Release
Serial No. PR-18-118
May 16, 2018
Office of the President

President Remengesau Receives Courtesy Call from Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Affairs

On May 7, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. received Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Asian Pacific Donald Bobiash during a courtesy call made at the Office of the President in Ngerulmud.

President Remengesau and Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash discussed different areas of cooperation between both nations, including capacity building programs, technical assistance and training opportunities.

Assistant Deputy Minister Bobiash conveyed Canada’s priority on oceans and their continued focus on the Pacific, including the small-scale development projects ongoing in Palau such as projects with Ebiil Society and the Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

President Remengesau shared the Republic of Palau’s hosting of the 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference and expressed his hope for the Government of Canada’s partnership of the event.

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