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In keeping with efforts to support the scholastic endeavors of young Marshallese people, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the establishment of the DOE Marshall Islands Science Foundation Program (MISFP). The MISFP will award scholarships to highly motivated high school seniors or early entry college students interested in pursuing a college or university education in math and science.
In fiscal years 2007 through 2011, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) spent at least half their compact sector funds in the education and health sectors. Because both countries spent significant amounts of compact funds on personnel in the education and health sectors, the U.S.-FSM and U.S.-RMI joint management and accountability committees capped budgets for personnel in these sectors at fiscal year 2011 levels due to concerns about the sustainability of sector budgets as compact funding continues to decline through fiscal year 2023.
Ninety-two countries in Tier 2 did not fully comply. From that group, forty-four nations, including the Republic of the Marshall Islands which was identified as a destination country for sex trafficking of East Asia women, were downgraded even further to the Tier 2 Watch list.
Hawaii, Guam, and the CNMI, over an eight-year period, reported more than $1 billion in costs associated with providing education, health, and social services to compact migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, and Palau.
However, an official of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a statement released today, pointed to weaknesses related to accuracy, adequacy of documentation, and comprehensiveness in reporting by the impacted jurisdictions.The GAO also reported that the overseeing Department of Interior had not followed-up on a 2012 recommendation to develop new uniform compact-impact reporting guidelines.
The United States Embassy Majuro and the U.S. Veterans Administration on Guam would like to inform all U.S. military veterans that Veterans Benefits Representative Mr. Gregorio Borja is scheduled to visit Majuro on March 26 and 27.
The purpose of his visit is to conduct outreach efforts and to educate U.S. military veterans, family members and local government agencies on VA Benefits in order to assist veterans and family members to apply for applicable VA Benefits.
The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating two reverse osmosis machines to enhance drought response capability of the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).
The machines, which are part of an ongoing assistance by the U.S. Government to provide support to mitigate severe drought conditions suffered by the people of RMI, will be able to produce 500 gallons of potable water per day.
Ambassador Thomas Armbruster of the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands announces The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The AFCP is an annual competition which supports projects in the following categories:
A) Cultural sites;
B) Objects and collections of objects from a museum, site, archive, or similar institution;
C) Forms of traditional cultural expression.
A high-level U.S. inter-agency delegation will visit Tonga, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands August 1-7. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell and Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Cecil Haney will lead the delegation, arriving in Majuro on Thursday, August 2, to meet with RMI President Christopher Loeak. On Friday, they will fly to Kwajalein Atoll and tour Ebeye, reports the Marshall Islands Journal.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a destination country for women subjected to sex trafficking. Foreign women are reportedly forced into prostitution in bars frequented by crew members of Chinese and other foreign fishing vessels; some Chinese women were recruited with the promise of legitimate work, and after having paid large sums of money in recruitment fees, forced into prostitution in the Marshall Islands. Little data on human trafficking in the Marshall Islands are available, as the government has not made efforts to identify victims proactively, especially among vulnerable populations such as foreign and local women in prostitution and foreign men on fishing vessels in Marshallese waters. The government has not conducted any inquiries, studies, or surveys on human trafficking.
The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta, has authorized two Technical Assistance grants for the Republic of the Marshall Islands: 1) $385,000 to the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) for a new Student Information System; and 2) $20,000 to create a partnership between the RMI and the Flying Doctors of America (FDoA).
The U.S. Department of State released on June 14 its Investment Climate Statements for 2012 as part of Global Economic Statecraft Day. These statements contain updated investment climate information compiled by U.S. missions and posts abroad for approximately 170 economies. The Marshall Islands’ report follows:
The economy of the Marshall Islands is closely linked to that of the United States. Through the Compact of Free Association, signed in 1986 and amended in 2003, the U.S. provides significant financial support and investment incentives to the country.
The 2010 Census brief, The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population: 2010, released Tuesday reports that Marshallese immigrants had the highest reporting detailed NHPI group and no other groups. This was the first time the US Census has tabulated the Marshall Islanders population separately from other NHPI groups.
Despite the migration patterns, the migrant group from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in the North Pacific, remains highly homogeneous. On the other hand, more than half (56 percent) of the NHPI population, or 685,000 people, indicated being Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in combination with one or more other races. This multiracial group grew by 44 percent from 2000 to 2010.
In remarks released on April 27, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged the national holiday of a small, Pacific nation with a unique relationship with the America.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the 33rd anniversary of your nation’s independence this May 1.”
The Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta, has authorized a Technical Assistance grant in the amount of $110,500 to recruit a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
“I am pleased to be supporting efforts to improve the RMI’s capacity to reduce the incidence of fraud and implement processes that prevent it from occurring in the first place. I commend President Loeak and the RMI leadership for emphasizing the development of effective protocols for carrying out fraud investigations and unethical conduct,” said Babauta.
High school student leaders, grades 9-11, are encouraged to apply for one of eight full scholarships being offered by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to attend a Junior Statesmen Summer School session in the States, and the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China. This is the second year that DOI scholarships have been available to students in the Republic of the Marshall Islands for the JSA Summer Program, and the first year that the DOI Scholarship offers the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $46.9 million in historic preservation grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and three affiliated Pacific island states. The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect our nation’s historic sites without expending tax dollars.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands received an allotment of $238,866, and Palau received the same. The Federated States of Micronesesia received $412,161.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis and representatives from the Republic of the Marshall Islands will exercise a bilateral agreement to enforce the fisheries laws of the region during a joint operation following a visit to the island of Majuro on Tuesday, February 28. Shipriders from the Republic of the Marshall Islands will embark on the Jarvis to assist in patrolling the RMI’s exclusive economic zone against illegal fishing activities.
U.S. President Obama has proposed a fiscal year 2013 budget of $575.3 million for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), the Department of the Interior office that strives to empower U.S.-affiliated insular communities and encourage economic activity and growth. The budget request includes $88.0 million in current appropriations and $487.3 million in permanent and indefinite appropriations for fiscal payments mandated by law to U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.
U.S. Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Tests for 2012 are scheduled for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) this month.
Eligible Marshallese and American citizens between the ages of 17 and 34 will be offered the opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test this month on Ebeye, Kwajalein and Majuro between January 18 and January 27.
“Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing Migration,” the long-awaited U.S. analysis of the impact of citizens Freely Associated States (FAS) who are living legally in U.S. communities under Compacts of Free Association, was released today. The U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) report describes compact migration and considers the impact reporting from Guam, Hawaii, CMNI, and Arkansas. The GAO recommended that the U.S. Department of Interior assess the 2013 enumeration approach, disseminate adequate guidance on estimating compact impact, and encourage uses of grants that better address compact migrants’ impact and needs.
- COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION: Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing Migration (GAO Full Report – pdf)
The Marshall Islands (RMI) extended a warm welcome to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator Nisha Biswal and Marine Brigadier General Richard Simcock, who arrived late last night. The final destination in an eight-country whirlwind tour, the Marshall Islands, has long been a key ally in the region, and the group was welcomed by Foreign Affairs officials at the airport before arriving at the Ambassador's residence for a brief meeting with embassy officials.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released this week by the U.S. State Department, lists the Republic of the Marshall Islands as a destination country for women subjected to sex trafficking. The TIP Report places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking." In its first appearance on the TIP report, the RMI was placed on Tier 2, which is for countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell, accompanied by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, USAID Assistant Administrator Nisha Biswal and Office of the Secretary of Defense South/Southeast Asia Principal Director Brigadier General Simcock will travel to the Pacific Islands June 26 - July 1, 2011. The delegation will visit Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Papau New Guinea, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of the Marshall Islands
A United States Coast Guard Cutter is visiting Majuro for 24 hours. The USCGC JARVIS arrives to Delap Dock on Tuesday morning, May 10, and departs on Wednesday morning. This goodwill visit was requested by U.S. Ambassador Martha Campbell to honor the 32nd anniversary of Constitutional government in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.