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Visa-Waiver Agreement Signed Between FSM and European Union
Press Release #1609-08
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 23, 2016

(New York, New York) – The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert signed an agreement with representatives of the European Union (EU) that enables short-term visa-free travel to Europe for FSM citizens under most circumstances.

The new visa-waiver agreement, which also provides for reciprocal treatment of European citizens who visit the FSM, was signed on the European side by both Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák (the current President of the Council of the European Union) and Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. The signing ceremony, hosted by the Slovak Mission to the United Nations, was also attended by FSM Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Jeem Lippwe and Second Secretary Martin Zvachula. more>>

PRESIDENT CHRISTIAN ADDRESSES 3rd OUR OCEAN CONFERENCE
Press Release #1609-07
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 21, 2016

Washington, DC, USA - President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Peter Christian delivered remarks to a high-level audience during the first day of the 3rd Our Ocean conference, hosted by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The purpose of the annual Our Ocean conference is to catalyze actions to protect our shared ocean resources and empower a new generation to lead the way toward a healthy and sustainable ocean.

The President was the first to speak on the panel entitled Global Ocean Leadership, which also included Mauritius Prime Minister Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and four Vice Presidents and Foreign Ministers. He set the scene by relating the outcomes of the 47th Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders’ Meeting held in Pohnpei last week
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 47th Pacific Island Forum held in the capital of FSM, Palikir, Pohnpei
Press Release #1609-06
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 19, 2016

Last week in Palikir, Pohnpei, in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opened its 47th annual forum summit where leaders of sixteen (16) Pacific nations gathered to meet and discuss important issues for the region.  Also in attendance at this year’s Forum were Associated Members of the PIF, observers, representatives of Post-Forum Dialogue (PFD) partners, and heads of the Council of Regional Organizations for the Pacific (CROP agencies).  While this year’s theme, “Small and Far: Challenge for Growth”, is at the forefront of focus, leaders from Pacific countries reaffirmed their deep commitment to the framework for Pacific Regionalism as endorsed by leaders in 2014. more>>

 

FSM Celebrates 29th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
Press Release #1609-05
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 19, 2016

The FSM Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) held a 5k Fun Walk on 17 September at Palm Terrace, to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.  In joining the celebration, FSM Vice President Yosiwo George delivered the welcoming remarks at the event and expressed FSM’s commitment in taking a strong lead on the issue of reducing HFCs and acknowledged the extensive role the Nation has played in combating global warming and climate change. more>>

The Federated States of Micronesia Establishes Diplomatic Ties with the United Arab Emirates
Press Release #1609-04

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 19, 2016


The Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Jane J. Chigiyal, signed on 9 September 2016, a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at a signing ceremony that took place at the UAE Permanent Mission.  Ambassador Chigiyal’s counterpart, the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nation in New York, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, signed the joint communique on behalf of her Government. more>>

PINA-PIFS Forum Media Workshop Held in Pohnpei
Press Release #1609-03
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 13, 2016


Palikir, Pohnpei 6 September 2016 - In preparation of the 47th Pacific Island Forum (PIF) to kick off in the state of Pohnpei where the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia stands, on behalf of President Peter M. Christian, Vice President Yosiwo George delivered the keynote speech at a two day media workshop facilitated by the Pacific Island News Association in collaboration with PIFS.  The media training that took place at College of Micronesia (National Campus) was comprised of media representatives with extensive levels of local, regional and international experience. more>>>

The Joint Economic Management Committee 2016 Annual Meeting
Press Release #1609-02
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 6, 2016


On August 24, 2016, the Joint Economic Management Committee or JEMCO held its annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i. At the meeting JEMCO approved the FY2017Compact Sector grant allocations. more>>

FSM establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Government of Kuwait

Press Release #1609-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
September 2, 2016

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Government of Kuwait formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony held at the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York on 1 September 2016. The Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations, Ambassador Jane J. Chigiyal, and her Kuwaiti counterpart, Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States. more>>

The President received a Mission from Solomon Islands
Press Release #1608-04
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 09, 2016

On August 23, 2016, President Peter M. Christian received a delegation from the Government of Solomon Islands.  The delegation headed by Mr. Rence Sore, Secretary of Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) and the PIDF Chair, and accompanied by Mr. Octovianus Mote, Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. more>>

Repatriation of Nepalese and Indian Nationals from the FSM

Press Release #1608-03
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 09, 2016

9 August 2016 - National Police Force Officers escorted five Nepalese to their country of origin on 1 August 2016.  Two Indonesian nationals for destinations in Australia and United States orgininally claimed to seek refuge in Hawaii, entered Yap harbor on 18 November 2014 to seek aid.

Since arrival of the “green boat” with the 36 undocumented persons in the FSM in November 2014, the Government had been in contact with authorities of Nepal and India to arrange repatriation of these foreign nationals to their country of origin.  The captain of the “green boat” had been jailed, tried, and convicted of entering the FSM jurisdiction illegally in violation of immigration laws and human smuggling. Under negotiated agreement with Jakarta, the two Indonesian nationals were returned to Indonesia.  In June 2016, 7 Nepalese were repatriated to Nepal. more>>

Vice-President Yosiwo P. George convenes the 9th National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) Meeting for August 11-12, 2016

Press Release #1608-02
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 05, 2016

As the Chairman of the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), Vice President of the FSM, the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, is convening the 9th NTFC Meeting from 11-12 August 2016, at the Central Facility, Palikir, Pohnpei. The main purpose of this meeting is to bring participants and all stakeholders from the National Government and the FSM States together to prepare and discuss negotiation positions and offers for the upcoming final round of negotiations of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus.
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Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands achieved historic milestone on the joint submission of the Ontong Java Plateau

Press Release #1608-01
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
August 03, 2016


New York, 28 July 2016. – The Joint Delegation of the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands made a final presentation to the Subcommission (SC) established by the Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf in March 2014 to examine the joint submission on the Ontong Java Plateau (OJP) continental shelf.  The final presentation concludes a major undertaking by the three states in the review of their joint submission before the Subcommission. more>>

 

United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultation - Joint Priorities for United Nations Support in FSM for 2018 – 2022.
Press Release #1607-03

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016


On July 26, 2016 a “United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultation (UNPS) was held at the Governor’s Conference Room in Pohnpei State.  The purpose of the consultation is for the UN to work closely with the FSM in support of FSM’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The SDG’s are a set of 17 agreed goals by UN member states which targets Food Security, Good Health & Quality Education, Economic Growth, Climate Action, Partnership for the Goals among others. 

The consultation included participants from the FSM National Government, Pohnpei State Government, NGO’s, Civil Societies, Private Sectors, and Donor partners with the UN Resident Coordinator for the Pacific, Ms. Osnat Lubrani and her staff. more>>

 

Annual Maritime Security Cooperation Talks between FSM and Australia
Press Release #1607-02

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016


On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, representatives from the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Government of Australian held their bilateral
Annual Maritime Surveillance Talks (MSC) at the OEEM Conference room in Palikir. The objective of the annual meeting is to strengthen and deepen the bilateral security relationship between the two countries and to provide an opportunity to exchange views on a range of shared security challenges affecting the region. In his welcoming remarks, Secretary Lorin S. Robert of the Department of Foreign Affairs welcomed the Australian Delegation headed by Ambassador George Fraser who was accompanied by Assistant Secretary Jenny Da Rin from the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade along with their respective key staff on maritime security matters. Secretary Robert reiterated the FSM’s appreciation to Australian Government for its continued commitments in supporting FSM’s maritime surveillance capacity. more>>

 

TEAM FSM TO COMPETE IN RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
JENNIFER CHIENG INVITED TO COMPETE IN BOXING WITH A TRIPARTITE INVITATION


By Jim Tobin, FSM National Olympic Committee

Press Release #1607-01

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016


The Federated States of Micronesia will now be sending five athletes to this year’s Olympic Games competing in Swimming and Athletics (Track and Field) and just announced in Boxing.  The Olympic Games are from August 5 to August 21, 2016 in Rio, Brazil.  Late June, the FSM National Olympic Committee (FSMNOC) and FSM Boxing Association were notified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Boxing Association (IABA) that Jennifer Chieng, FSM female Boxer from Yap State, received a late Tripartite Commission invitation to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Female 57-60kg division in Boxing.  This is outstanding news for the development of Boxing in the FSM, and is a great honor for Chieng.  She has been training in New York the past few months.  Her coach is Erick Divinagracia from Pohnpei State. more>>

 

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