Press Release—For Immediate Release
29 February 2016
The five FSM Chief Executives - FSM President Peter M. Christian, Chuuk
State Governor Johnson Elimo, Yap State Governor Tony Ganngiyan, Pohnpei
State Governor Marcelo Peterson and Kosrae State Lt. Governor Carson Sigrah
- led their respective delegations to Koror, Republic of Palau, for the 21st
Micronesian Chief Executivesâ€™ Summit (MCES) from February 23 - 24, 2016.
This was the 21st session of the MCES where the three Presidents of the
Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the
Marshall Islands, four Governors of Territory of Guam, Chuuk State, Yap
State, Pohnpei State and two Lt. Governors of Kosrae State and Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands would meet annually to reaffirm the
commitments of each of the Chief Executives 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 Region.
The Summit was opened by outgoing Chairman of the 20th MCES, Yap
Governor Ganngiyan, on the morning of February 23, 2016 and passed onto the
incoming Chairman of the 21st MCES, Palau President Remengesau,
who officially called the 21st MCES Session to order and began
his opening statement with pausing for a moment of silence in remembering
the people of Fiji in the aftermath of devastating Cyclone Winston which
impacted its 900,000 people. He
also noted with honor that the first female Micronesian Chief Executive, RMI
President Hilda Heine, made this 21st MCES her first official
trip outside of RMI. Subsequently, FSM President Christian, RMI President
Heine, Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Chuuk Governor Elimo, Yap Governor
Ganngiyan, Pohnpei Governor Peterson, Kosrae Lt. Governor Sigrah, and CNMI
Lt. Governor Victor Borja Hocog gave their opening remarks.
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 MCES respective jurisdictions and
were reflected in the 21st MCES Communiqué.
The Summit concluded with announcing the 22nd MCES venue
will be held in Guam, closing remarks by the nine Chief Executives and
signing of the 21st MCES Communiqué on February 24, 2016.
While in Palau, FSM President, Chuuk, Yap and Pohnpei State Governors and
Kosrae Lt. Governor also met with the FSM Honorary Consul to Palau, Mrs.
Chen Masang and the FSM students who are attending Palau Community College.
Accompanying the President, State Governors and Lt. Governor to the Summit
were officials and representatives from the national and state offices,
national agencies and national enterprises.
For further information, contact FSM Department of Resources and Development
or telephone: +691 320-2620/2646/5133.