FSM Asks Forum Countries To Limit Size Of Delegations To Leaders Meeting

Resources on Pohnpei to be stretched thin for September summit 

POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia (Kaselehlie Press, June 28, 2016) – Accommodations and other logistical arrangements for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in early September will stretch Pohnpei’s capacities to near the breaking point, according to the local newspaper, Kaselelhie Press.

However, Federated States of Micronesia government officials say they will be able to meet the demands of the high-level meeting that is expected to attract hundreds of delegates in early September.

The FSM will host the 47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meetings on Pohnpei on Sept. 7-11.

The Pacific Islands Forum is a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states. Its members include Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

To help address the lodging problem, FSM’s Department of Foreign Affairs has asked the delegations to limit their delegations to the Heads of State and their spouses and five support personnel.

Jackson Soram of the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs said lodging is one of the biggest challenges for the meetings.

“There just aren’t a lot of rooms and beds in Pohnpei, and there will be a lot of sharing involved,” he said.

Australia and New Zealand are likely have a difficult time with the FSM government requirements for accommodations given that leaders of the two countries travel with a large support staff, including media representatives.

Other dialogue partners like the United States, China, and Japan are also expected to send large delegations including media representatives.

The Tourism Division of the FSM Department of Resources and Development has been coordinating with the Pohnpei State Tourism Department to ensure that all the delegates have a place to stay.

According to data provided by the Pohnpei Tourism Office, Australia has already booked 32 of Pohnpei’s relatively few hotel rooms. New Zealand has already booked 10.

Japan has booked 10 rooms at the Joy Hotel, Canada and China have taken up three and six rooms respectively at the China Star Hotel.

The United States has reserved seven rooms at Mangrove Bay along with the 19 rooms at the Seven Stars Inn. Taiwan has taken up 12 of the 18 rooms at South Park.

Soram said the best thing that the people of Pohnpei can do to help in preparation for the meetings that will inject a large capital infusion into its economy, is to clean up the island so that the FSM is presented in the best possible light for all the international visitors that will be on the island.

The Kaselehlie Press
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