From a recent blog by an American resident on Majuro:
Clearly the person blogging about all the above is not that upset. . .the implication being its Majuro. . .its Marshallese. You pay your money to an RMI government-run enterprise and maybe you get what you pay for, eventually. After all, itâ€™s the Marshall Islands, you cannot and should not expect more. If you raise a ruckus, you are being â€œculturally insensitive.â€
Until Marshallese themselves begin to raise a ruckus and expect more â€“ demand more â€“ from their government and from any and all service providers, development in the RMI will not happen, tourism will not happen, significant outside investment will not happen. That may be no big deal now (just a continuation of long-term lack of progress) but if the US starts to control / limit "temporary" migration to the US (leading to even more unemployment and more desperate families seeking any income from any source), if the US truly ends financial grants in Year 2023 (leading to government lay-offs and even more people needing jobs and income), then the lack of development will start to cause real, severe pain.
Volunteers and others who travel to the RMI to work while seeking an â€œisland experienceâ€ for a year or two may find all this acceptable and bemusing but anyone who might consider investing in the RMI will read about it, or experience this type of response first hand, and go somewhere else.
“I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
There's no difference here in the U.S. They are told to show up at certain hour and guess what, they show up 2-3 hrs later. This event could be an important meeting or just birthday party nothing starts at the time appointed. It's embarrasing when you have non-Marsalllese aquintance involve in the meeting or are invited to a gathering. What's more embarrasing is when they ask if they could leave.
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