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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (November 11, 1998 PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---The Micronesia Institute, a 15-year-old non-profit organization established in Washington, D.C. to build American awareness of the Micronesian region and to assist Micronesians and their governments, is undergoing reorganization.

Earlier this year, Ambassadors Jesse Marehalau of the Federated States of Micronesia and Banny de Brum of the Republic of the Marshall Islands were elected, respectively, interim President and Vice President.

Discussions now are under way to make The Micronesia Institute a component of the Council of Micronesian Chief Executives organization.

The matter is expected to be address when the Council meets in Guam later this month.

If the association is approved, Kiribati President Teburoro Tito, current Council chairman also would become Institute chairman.

Patricia Luce Chapman, who founded The Micronesia Institute in 1983, has announced that she will retire as Chairman of the Board, when reorganization of the Institute is complete.

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