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Wed
20
Sep

East-West Center Welcomes Leadership Program Participants from 10 Pacific Island Nations

HONOLULU - (September 20, 2017) -- The East-West Center has welcomed 27 emerging leaders from 10 Pacific island nations to this year’s Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan, or PILP. The participants will spend close to two months in Honolulu, engaging in experiential learning exercises on such topics as applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health. Then they will travel to Taipei for a month of field study in at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Now in its fifth year, the program is intended to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and enable them to cultivate the leadership skills, approaches and networks to make meaningful contributions to the region...

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Tue
08
Aug

U.S. Interior Department Continues Funding For One Stop Shops Serving Micronesian Migrants

 

Interior acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula made available two technical assistance grants totaling $467,095 to continue support for the Micronesia Resource Center One Stop Shop on Guam and the We are Oceania Hālau Ola One Stop Center in Hawaii.

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Wed
02
Aug

U.S. Senate Approves More Foreign Worker Permits For CNMI In 2017

Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate
Washington, DC

Aug. 2, 2017

The U.S. Senate approved by unanimous consent U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s bill making more CW foreign worker permits available for fiscal year 2017. H.R. 339 also puts more money into the fund for training U.S. workers for jobs in the Marianas economy. And the measure bars future use of CW permits for temporary construction workers. The recent surge of construction workers, using CW permits, forced hospital nurses to leave the Marianas and many local businesses to lose their long-time foreign workers.

Sablan’s legislation was amended in the Senate, and so now returns to the House for final approval before going to the president for signature. The bill previously passed the House without dissent. As amended, the bill sets aside at least 60 new permits for healthcare workers to address the needs of the commonwealth hospital and private medical clinics. Another 10...

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Wed
26
Jul

Palau Receives $5.4 Million In Compact, Other Grants From U.S. Interior Department

 

Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula made available $5,463,578 to the Republic of Palau, most of which is the balance of remaining Compact grant assistance for fiscal year 2017. Approximately $400,000 is provided through the technical and maintenance assistance programs in the Office of Insular Affairs to help update land surveying and mapping capabilities at the Palau Bureau of Lands and Survey and maintenance training at Palau Community College for the next three years.

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Tue
25
Jul

U.S. Interior Allocates $635,885 For Natural, Cultural Resource Protection In Islands

 

Acting Interior assistant secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has made available $635,885 for natural and cultural resource protection for all U.S. island jurisdictions in the Micronesia region. “It is reassuring to see the range of initiatives we have been able to support with this funding, from managing fisheries that support people’s livelihoods to suppressing the impacts of the damaging coconut rhinoceros beetle and little fire ant,” said Pula. “We are happy to support and bolster the collaborative efforts of conservation-minded leaders across the Micronesia region.”

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Tue
25
Jul

Palau Signs Agreement To Allow Taiwanese Medical Students To Intern At National Hospital

 

On July 14, 2017 the Republic of Palau Ministry of Health (MOH) and E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of a joint medical internship program. The MOU was signed by Republic of Palau Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts and E-Da Hospital/I-Shou University Superintendent Dr. Yuan Kun Tu.  

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Wed
12
Jul

CNMI Receives Another $4.5 Million For Typhoon Soudelor Recovery

 

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan announced that the commonwealth is receiving $4,518,008 more in federal funds as part of the Typhoon Soudelor recovery effort. The money will be used to install 12 generators to provide emergency back-up power to 91 wells and keep water service available to all villages on Saipan after a storm.

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Tue
11
Jul

China Contributes $1 Million To Forum Secretariat Cooperation Fund

 

The People’s Republic of China has continued its support to the region through the China-Pacific Islands Forum Cooperation Fund with $1.05 million being handed over last Friday to the Forum’s secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor. “The Pacific region is grateful for the strong relationship we have with China and their ongoing support through this fund,” said the Dame Meg during the handover.

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Mon
10
Jul

Yap Cultural Delegation, Headed By Governor Ganngiyan, Performs In China

 

The Yap cultural delegation headed by Tony Ganngiyan, governor of the state, gave its first performance on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Zhongshan Youth Palace as part of the Zhongshan and Yap Cultural Exchange. The theme of the two-hour long cultural exchange was “Join Hands For A Brighter Tomorrow,” offering live cultural displays and performances by both sides. Zhongshan performers included singers, dancers, kungfu fighters and musicians. The Yap delegation did a local attire display for men showing the various thuw ensembles from boyhood to manhood. Likewise, the girls displayed the women’s traditional grass skirt attire from girlhood to womanhood.

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Mon
03
Jul

High Level Delegation From China Talks Fisheries With Cook Islands

 

A high level foreign affairs and fisheries delegation from Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, visited the Ministry of Marine Recourses (MMR) office this week. Deputy Director General, Foreign Affairs Office People’s Government of Guangdong Province, Su Caifang led the delegation. Members of the delegation included representatives from the Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

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