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Pohnpei State


Pohnpei Government consists of three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. The Executive Branch is headed by a freely elected Governor whose term is four years. The Legislative is unicameral and is composed of 23 senators, who are elected to a four year term. The Judiciary Branch consists of a Chief Justice and up to four Associate Justice who sit on one court. In addition to the FSM National Government that sits in Palikir, Pohnpei, there are 11 local governments in Pohnpei.


Pohnpei has a typical mixed economy consisting mostly of government, households and businesses. The economy can best be described as a blend of subsistence and economic dependency. The economy is dominated mostly by the provisions of the annual economic assistance provided under the Compact of Free Association agreement between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The public sector dominates the employment structure of the Pohnpei economy and much of the activities and employments in the private sector is driven by the wages and salaries of government employees and activities of the three levels of governments (national, state and municipal) and related agencies. Other areas of employment include wholesale and retail sectors, construction, fishing, agriculture, hotels, restaurants and small scale informal manufacturing sectors. The  FSM uses the US currency.


Pohnpei Law requires that free education shall be available to all children from 5 to 16 years old. The Department of Education is responsible for public school programs, which is carried out in 31 elementary schools and 3 high schools. Several private schools are also operating in Pohnpei State. The College of Micronesia-FSM provides post secondary education up to two years.


The Pohnpei State Government operates the main hospital and several dispensaries in the outlaying areas on Pohnpei proper and in the outer islands, Several clinics are being operated by private investors on the island of Pohnpei. Critical health conditions are referred to off-island medical facilities, mostly in the Philippines for further medical attention.

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