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Republic of the Marshall Islands Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Tom D. Kijiner, today joined three non-APEC Pacific nations in Bali, Indonesia, for a special session organized by APEC chairman President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Ambassador Kijiner is representing Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak, who presently serves as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Christopher J. Loeak, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, addressed the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, on September 26. The President opened his remarks expressing concern over the fact that the General Assembly “poetic ritual too often buries the true degree of necessary political will”.
The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Christopher J. Loeak met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon prior to the high-level General Assembly debate which started in New York on Tuesday. During the meeting, held last Sunday at the UN Headquarters, the RMI President and Secretart-General discussed ways to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the Pacific island nations.
According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Ban congratulated President Christopher J. Loeak, whose country assumed the Chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an inter-governmental organization that aims to enhance cooperation between countries of the Pacific Ocean.
The ROC (Taiwan) today added US$100,000 to its June contribution of US$200,000 in support of the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMI) hosting of the 44th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Ambassador George T.K. Li, in making the donation to RMI Minister of Foreign Affairs Phillip Muller, also committed to further beautification assistance including a dump truck and flowers for the September event.
Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to deliver a reverse osmosis water system donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Ebeye, an island in the Kwajalein Atoll of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 7. The reverse osmosis system, donated about two years ago, was loaded onto a landing craft utility (LCU) in Majuro, the capital city, about 140 miles from Ebeye.
A donation of food and medical supplies from NGO’s in the Republic of China (Taiwan) to assist for Marshall Islands’ disaster relief is part of continuing goodwill efforts, said ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador George T.K. Li in making the presentation to RMI Chief Secretary Casten Nemra on Wednesday.
Taiwan has also given USD100,000 cash donation and USD 231,420 from the ROC (Taiwan) annual grant to assist drought-affected areas.
President Christopher J. Loeak yesterday welcomed Pacific Partnership 2013 (PP13) Mission Commander Wallace Lovely to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) during a courtesy call by the Commander, PP13 members, and US Ambassador Thomas Armbruster.
On Wednesday, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) dropped its anchor in Majuro, the third port for the PP13 mission. More than 700 US military members, partner nation service members, and non-governmental organization volunteers will be conducting a variety of humanitarian projects.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak spent Saturday and Monday touring 5 drought-affected atolls/islands and reassuring the residents of the government's continued support. Throughout the tour, President Loeak handed over relief supplies including WASH kits, hygienic kits, food, and water.
“We are grateful that our bilateral partners, international organizations, and Marshallese from around the world have assisted with relief efforts towards the drought," President Loeak said.
In response to the drought disaster in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, approved a rapid response grant of US$1 million on June 18, 2013. This grant, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will assist the Government in its response efforts as outlined in the Government’s $4.7 million Immediate- and Near-term Drought Response Plan.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $100,000 emergency grant to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help fund drought relief efforts in the northern areas of the Marshall Islands. On 19 April 2013, the Government declared a state of emergency for the northern islands, which was later elevated to a state of disaster on 8 May, in response to the persistent drought which has exhausted rainwater supplies and made groundwater from wells unsafe to drink. Water scarcity has also contributed to outbreaks of water-borne disease.
Earlie Carter Bing, who works at the Office of the President, represented the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He graduated May 8 from the APCSS. Executive Course: Advanced Security Cooperation and received his certificate from Dean of Academics, College of Security Studies, Ambassador (Ret.) Lauren Kahea Moriarty.
The World Bank launched its first Country Partnership Strategy with the Government of the Marshall Islands, beginning its support to strengthen the Pacific Island nation’s economy and reduce poverty. The Bank’s Board of Directors discussed the strategy today and approved its first project, a $3 million plan to help reform the telecommunications sector and boost access to mobile phones and internet for the country's 53,000 people.
First Lady Lieom Anono Loeak and Mejerik Club Officers met March 13 at the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMI) Attorney General's office to formalize the historic Club's new Charter and Bylaws as a non-profit corporation.
The Mejerik Club was first formed by former First Lady, Mrs. Emlain Kabua, the wife of RMI’s founding President Amata Kabua.
The superintendent of Shuang Ho Hospital of ROC (Taiwan) Department of Health arrived in Majuro Tuesday to sign the MOU for the establishment of a referral system between the Taipei hospital and the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Health.
Dr. Chih-hsiung Wu, accompanied by Ambassador George T.K. Li, had an audience with RMI President Christopher Loeak and met with Acting Minister of Health Wilbur Heine to sign the agreement.
On March 6, 2013, The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Nitijela passed the Maritime Amendment Act (No. 1), 2013 – a legislative initiative of key significance to the international marine finance community. The first-of-its-kind legislation permits a “financing charter” to be treated as a preferred mortgage in favor of the registered owner of a Marshall Islands vessel, which allows a charter party to make precautionary security filings to protect and perfect its interest in a chartered vessel.
Marshall Islands High School (MIHS) science department recently concluded a SPREP-funded project to integrate climate change studies within local education programs. A new high luminosity projector and portable panoramic white screen, provided by RMI’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), will allow teachers and students to fully utilize the textbook and multimedia materials, according to MIHS vice principal of academic affairs Tokasa Vitayaki.
The Security Council should consider climate change as a threat to international peace and security, particularly for such low-lying nations as the Marshall Islands whose “very existence” was at risk, a Government minister from that country said at a Headquarters press conference today. “This organization [the Council] that we put faith in to provide the security of our country is saying that that is not a security matter,” said Tony deBrum, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands, as he briefed journalists on today’s so-called “Arria Formula” meeting on security implications of climate change.
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Republic of China (Taiwan) Ambassador George T.K. Li joined top Marshall Islands officials at Friday’s christening ceremony for the latest Majuro Atoll Local Government (MALGov) development project including a public restroom facility for the park and new MALGOV heavy equipment.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Minister of Foreign Affairs Phillip Muller, Majuro Senator David Kramer attended the dedication.
The Board of Directors for the Air Marshall Islands, Inc. (AMI), during a special meeting on November 24, appointed Jefferson Barton as the Airline’s New Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.
“The Board made the right choice given the fact that the airline urgently needs to tackle the great challenges it is currently facing ‘head-on’,” said Board Member Heran Bellu.
The economy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) experienced an impressive recovery in FY2010 from the recession in preceding years, but the rebound proved short lived.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday released its views and policy recommendations for the Republic of the Marshall Islands based on meetings in Majuro, the nation's capital atoll of Majuro, from November 5–7, 2012. The Preliminary Conclusions follow.
A Taiwan Medical Mission specializing in Ophthalmology, sponsored by R.O.C. (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), and organized by Taipei Municipal Wan-Fan Hospital, arrived in Majuro October 18. The team began their volunteer medical services that same day, mainly in performing cataract surgeries.
The 101st National day of the Republic of China was commemorated in Majuro, Marshall Islands, earlier this month with a reception hosted by the Taiwan Embassy. Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) President Christopher J. Loeak attended the event before leaving for Taiwan.
By invitation of President Ma Ying-jeou, President Loeak, the only head of state invited amongst Republic of China’s (ROC) diplomatic allies, led a delegation to participate in the commemorations of the 101st Anniversary of the founding of the ROC.
A team of experts from Honolulu was recently in Majuro to assess the requirements for producing locally made feeds for chicken, ducks, pigs, fish and shrimp as a first step toward ramping up aquaculture and livestock production in RMI. Dr. Warren Dominy, Director Feed and Nutrition, Oceanic Institute, Hawai’i, said that while chicken and fish farming ventures had been tried in RMI before, they had not been sustainable because of the cost of feed.
New guidebooks to assist Taiwan volunteer translators and interpreters working with the Republic of the Marshall Islannds (RMI) judicial system in the Marshall Islands were introduced at a dedication ceremony September 5 in Majuro. Three National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) graduate students, who completed a month-long research assignment, joined Jonna Cheng-Chia HUNG, Taiwan ICDF Volunteer, in the presentation of the two documents.