Vice-President George received courtesy call by Ambassador of France
Press Release #1701-02
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
January 20, 2017


On Wednesday January 18, 2017, Vice-President Yosiwo P. George received a courtesy call by the French Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), His Excellency Thierry Mathou. The Ambassador, who is based in Manila, Philippines, visited the FSM primarily to discuss possibilities of cooperation between the FSM and France, specifically as it relates to the valorization of Pohnpei’s Nan Madol historical ruins, which has recently been successfully inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

At the outset of the meeting, Ambassador Mathou referenced the upcoming visit to the FSM by Mr. Christophe Sand, a French expert on works relating to the valorization of cultural and historical sites and Director of the New Caledonia Archeology Institute. As he stated, Mr. Sand will visit to assist and work alongside officials of the Office of National Archives and Historical Preservations (NACH) on its continuing effort to improve and appraise Nan Madol. With the presence of Dr. Rufino Mauricio and Mr. Augustine Kohler of the Office of NACH, the Vice-President expressed appreciation for the provisioning of this needed technical assistance and support. He also conveyed appreciation for France’s support provided to the FSM during its initial interest and application for Nan Madol to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Discussion of possible assistances from France towards FSM’s interest for the establishment of a National Museum was also highlighted during the meeting. Among others issues as well, discussion of possible future visit to the FSM for exploration of agribusiness initiatives and development was also made. Last, but not the least, the Vice-President seized the chance and thanked the Ambassador for France’s prior support extended towards the Yap Living Museum project in the State of Yap. Prior to the arriving in Pohnpei, the Ambassador also visited Chuuk State and, among other sites, visited Xavier High School where prospects for the fielding of French language instructors were acknowledged.

The Ambassador was accompanied by his spouse, Mrs. Cecile Mathou and Second Counselor of the Embassy of France in Manila, Mrs. Christine Carole.