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Embassy of Japan Federated States of Micronesia Palikir, Pohnpei Jan. 25, 2008

On Jan. 25, a ceremony for signing and exchange of notes for the Japan’s grant aid project for the improvement of the Pohnpei International Airport was held in the conference room of the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert signed on behalf of the FSM government while Toshio Omura, chargé d’affaires of Japan to the FSM, represented his government.

The signing ceremony was held just days after the handing over of the Weno Habor Rehabilitation Project in Chuuk, which was also funded by Japan.

The new grant will provide funding in the amount of 58 million yen, or US$542,000, for the detail design of airport improvement project.

Omura said this project will significantly contribute to the improvement of the tourism sector of the FSM and Pohnpei.

Other sectors such as fisheries and agriculture may also further develop with more movement of goods and services, Omura said.

He reiterated Japan’s continued commitment to fostering and maintaining the unique and historical bond that exists between the two countries, and encouraged full cooperation of all parties in the project in order to ensure its smooth implementation.

Robert extended the FSM’s gratitude to the government of Japan for the contribution to the highly anticipated and needed project.

He said the project will be another symbol of the good and fruitful relationship between FSM and Japan.

Also present to witness the signing ceremony were Pohnpei Gov. John Ehsa and Pohnpei Port Authority general manager Ieske Iehsi.

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