President Peter M. Christian joined fellow island leaders at the 22nd Micronesian
Press Release #1705-02
FSM Information Services
May 15, 2017
The four FSM Chief Executives – FSM President Peter M. Christian,
Chuuk State Governor Johnson Elimo, Pohnpei State Governor Marcelo K.
Peterson, and Yap State Governor Lt. Governor James Yangetmai – led
their respective delegations to Tumon, Guam, for the 22nd Micronesian
Islands Forum (MIF) from May 1 – 3, 2017. This was the 22nd session of
the MIF as established by the 21st session of the former
Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit (MCES) where the two Presidents of
the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, one Minister
representing the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, four
Governors of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI),
Territory of the Guam, Chuuk State, and Pohnpei State and one Lt.
Governor of Yap State would meet annually to reaffirm their commitments
on behalf of their people and their governments, to establish closer
ties, ensure future discussions and agree on initiative for the benefits
of members and the Micronesian Islands.
The Summit was opened by
outgoing Chairman of the 21st MCES, Palau President
Remengesau, on the morning of May 1, 2017 and passed onto the incoming
Chairman of the 22nd MIF, Guam Governor Calvo, who officially
called the 22nd MIF Session to order and began his opening
remarks and subsequently FSM President Christian, Palau President
Remengesau, RMI Minister Silk, CNMI Governor Torres, Chuuk Governor
Elimo, Pohnpei Governor Peterson, and Yap Lt. Governor Yangetmai gave
their opening remarks. The
MIF Leaders paused in silence to remember Kosrae Governor Jackson who
was absent due to the passing of an immediate member of his family.
The reports and recommendations from the nine standing committees
were given, along with presentations on a number of issues of interest
in the region and jointly directed action in the MIF respective
jurisdictions and were reflected in the 22nd MIF Communiqué.
The Forum concluded with announcing the 23rd MIF venue
will be held in CNMI, in which President Christian said he “reiterate[d]
how this Forum has showcased our efforts to enshrine our Micronesia
regional family” while joining the seven other MIF Leaders in giving
their closing remarks and signing of the 22nd MIF Communiqué
on May 2, 2017.
While in Guam, the FSM Leaders joined the Host Government at the 2017
Guam Micronesian Island Fair to officially open the Fair on May 3, 2017.
Accompanying the President, State Governors and Lt.
Governor to the Forum were officials and representatives from the
national and state offices, national agencies and national enterprises.
Major decisions and outcomes of the Forum are contained in the
22nd MIF Communiqué, which can be accessed at
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