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    Nett District Government Requests Support for Infrastructure Projects; President Panuelo Promises More Infrastructure Support & Cooperation between National, State, and Local Governments


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    Nett District Government Requests Support for Infrastructure Projects; President Panuelo Promises More Infrastructure Support & Cooperation between National, State, and Local Governments

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 20th, 2019, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), received for a courtesy visit the Nett District Government, a municipal government within Pohnpei State; also in attendance was the Honorable Esmond B. Moses, Vice Speaker of the Congress of the FSM and Senator representing the municipalities of Nett, U, Mwoakilloa, and Pingelap within Pohnpei State. The purpose of the courtesy call was to belatedly congratulate the President on his election to the highest office, and primarily to request assistance in the implementation of infrastructure projects.

    The Nett District Government particularly wanted answers to the following questions: why is $195,000,000 of public infrastructure funding, sourced through the Compact of Free Association, not being implemented quickly? What is President Panuelo’s plan for infrastructure projects during his administration? And what can the FSM National Government do to expedite public projects?

    “I promise you that I empathize with your frustrations,” said President Panuelo, briefly referring to his meeting with the Pohnpei State Legislature the day before—who shared thematically similar concerns—as well as his own experience as a Senator in the Congress of the FSM. President Panuelo explained that infrastructure projects are a priority for his administration, and how the past several years have seen significant changes in how projects are implemented.

    “The Congress made a resolution,” President Panuelo said—referring to a time when was a Senator himself—“And so the Program Management Unit [a division of the FSM Department of Transportation, Communication, & Infrastructure (DTC&I)], is decentralized.”

    Historically, the Program Management Unit would implement infrastructure projects directly. Through the decentralization, each FSM State Government now has their own Project Management Office (PMO) which implements projects for their individual state. The Program Management Unit within DTC&I offers assistance in inspections, project design, and help with land issues. It was advised that land issues are the root cause for the majority of infrastructure project delays, particularly in the State of Chuuk.

    “Public infrastructure is crucial to economic development and equal access to opportunity,” the President said.

    President Panuelo noted that he intends for the next National and State Leadership conference to be inclusive of national, state, and municipal leaders, from executive and legislative branches, to foster a sense of unity and a spirit of transparency, accountability, and trust and confidence throughout all levels of government for the betterment of the FSM citizenry.

    The meeting ended on a positive note, with the Honorable Salter Lohn, Speaker of the Nett District Government’s Legislature, presenting President Panuelo a gift on behalf of Nett District Government.

    FSM Insurance Board Improves Technical & Digital Capacity


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    FSM Insurance Board Improves Technical & Digital Capacity

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 20th, 2019, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), met with FSM Insurance Board (FSMIB), including Mr. Alexander Narruhn, Chairman of FSMIB, the Honorable Reed B. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor of Pohnpei State and Vice Chairman of FSMIB, Mr. Nakama Sana, Commissioner, Mr. Adelman Joseph, Insurance Examiner, Mr. Craig Watanabe, Consultant, and Mr. Joe Habuchmai, Member. The purpose of the meeting was to brief the President about FSM Insurance programs and the status of recent activities, which include the digitization of documentation and the improvement of services.

    Mr. Sana explained that there are 25 licensed captive insurance companies incorporated under the laws of the FSM; the revenue from these companies, which pay corporate taxes in the FSM, are largely placed into the FSM Trust Fund (which is distinct and separate from the Trust Fund for the People of the FSM, which is part of the Compact of Free Association).

    Mr. Watanabe, for his part, explained that the FSMIB improved their technical and digital capacity, and streamlined their internal processes for accessing and analyzing information, resulting in substantial improvement in FSMIB’s efficiency and capacity to current and prospective clients’ superior services.

    The meeting concluded on a positive note. “I think we should be proud of the achievements [FSMIB] has made over the years…thank you; all of us in the FSM are one team, all the time, and I want us to keep it that way,” President Panuelo said.

    President Panuelo & Vice President George Receive Pohnpei State Legislature, Discuss Transparency & Shared Responsibility towards Serving Citizens’ Interests


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    President Panuelo & Vice President George Receive Pohnpei State Legislature, Discuss Transparency & Shared Responsibility towards Serving Citizens’ Interests

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On June 19th, 2019, His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the FSM, received the majority of Pohnpei State Legislature’s Senators for a courtesy call, including the Honorable Austen T. Lambert, the Honorable Stevick Edwin, and the Honorable McGarry Miguel, who are the Speaker, Vice Speaker, and Floor Leader respectively. The meeting covered a wide range of topics, from the summarizing of the President’s recent activities and goals for the future to promises of transparency and cooperation amongst all levels of Government to better serve the citizens of the Nation.

    The meeting began with President Panuelo congratulating Speaker Lambert on his new position, and followed with discussion on the details of the recent trip to Washington D.C. and recent meeting with the Joint Committee on Compact Review & Planning (JCRP); the President shared enthusiastic optimism that the FSM will be united and “singing one song” in the nation-wide effort to conclude Compact of Free Association (COFA) negotiations promptly.

    After discussing FSM-U.S. relations, the President advised the Pohnpei State Legislature on his transition committee. “Vice President George and I are already looking at cabinet members and our overseas missions…in July we hope to put all of our nominations up for consideration,” President Panuelo said. The President had previously submitted nominations for the Department of Environment, Climate Change, & Emergency Management (DECEM) and the National Archive, Culture, & Historic Preservation Office (NACH) in the 1st Special Session of the 21st Congress of the FSM.

    “The states need help from the National Government,” said the Honorable Franciso L. Ioanis.

    The Pohnpei State Legislature specifically requested from President Panuelo that the FSM National Government, and in particular the FSM Department of Transportation, Communication, & Infrastructure work more closely, collaboratively, and transparently with the Pohnpei State Department of Transportation & Infrastructure.

    President Panuelo promised that his administration will prioritize collaboration, transparency, and accountability, such as through enhanced policies and oversight, as well as the hiring of a Special Assistant to the President on FSM State Matters whose role will include continuous liaising with the FSM State Governments.

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