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Taiwan Youth Ambassadors Connect with Marshall Islands Counterparts

Contributed by YokweOnline on Sep 12, 2012 - 11:03 PM
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Youth Ambassadors from Taiwan spent ten days in Majuro last month on a cultural exchange visit with Marshallese counterparts at the College of the  Marshall Islands. The six students and instructor from Taipei Medical University (TMU) also visited students in Aljetake and worked with the RMI Ministry of Health and Taiwan Health Center to conduct public health education and check-ups for the local students.


Marshall Islands Lists Near-pristine Atoll

Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 27, 2012 - 11:44 PM
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The government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated an exceptional atoll that is part of that country's Ralik Chain, and lies some 390 kilometres southwest of the capital city Majuro.

As summarized by Ramsar's Nessrine Alzahlawi, Namdrik Atoll (1,119 hectares, 05°37'00N 168°06'30"E) consists of two wooded islands with an extensive reef flat lying between them.


Five Marshall Islands Students Awarded Tawain Scholarships

Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 17, 2012 - 06:31 AM
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Five Marshall Islands students are heading to Taiwan on August 21 as scholarship recipients. Maya Doulatram, Yosko Kaminaga and Lawrence Janer, awarded the Taiwan Scholarship by the Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will received Mandarin language training for one year prior to four years of university education toward their bachelor's degrees.


Marshall Islands Looks to Improvements in Telecom, Transportation, Utilities

Contributed by YokweOnline on Aug 02, 2012 - 03:57 PM
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 The Marshall Islands Government plan to allow telecom competition has met with strong oppostion criticism by the opposition party. Newly-appointed National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) officials are facing challenge to the government-back monolopy with reorganization and a recent revenue generating agreement with the Solomon Islands. Read more business news:


Four Marshallese to Train in Taiwan as Fleet Observers

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 20, 2012 - 11:14 PM
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 The 2012 Regional Observer Training Program will be held in Taiwan, the Republic of China from July 30 to August 27.  Four Marshallese participants will be departing for Taiwan on July 28 to attend a 3-week long fisheries training program. Selected by MIMRA (Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority) and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) were Rodney Jitiam (33, self-employed), Alinton Clanry  (23, Fire Department), Paul Capelle (44, self-employed), and Michelle Johnny (19, CMI).



Marshall Islands Joins Fiji, Tuvalu in Regional Climate Talks

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 18, 2012 - 12:46 AM
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Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak was the keynote speaker at the three – day conference on Local Governments for Climate Change held in Fiji this week. The Conference, sponsored by the University of the South Pacific and hosted by President of the Republic of Fiji, H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, drew Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) leaders, scholars, and university students in a follow-up to the Rio+20 meeting last month in Brazil.


Marshall Islands President Takes Concerns to Fiji Climate Change Conference

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 17, 2012 - 11:08 PM
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President Christopher J. Loeak delivered his keynote address at the Regional Conference on Local Governments for Climate Change at the invitation of the University of the South Pacific. Prior to President Loeak’s keynote address, H.E. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji, officiated and opened the conference.  The Honorable Mr. Willy Telavi, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the High Chief of Samoa, Vaasilifiti Moelangi Jackson, and His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, will also deliver their keynote addresses on separate sessions of the conference.


Taiwan's Solar Project to Light-up Marshall Islands Basketball Courts

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 09, 2012 - 10:00 AM
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The Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 78 solar lighting units to the Marshall Islands last week for basketball courts in the outer slands and urban centers of Majuro and Ebeye.

The US$200,000 project, provided as additional funding to the Annual Grant, is part of Taiwan's continuous efforts to assist the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in developing solar energy to combat the adverse impact of climate change, according to the ROC Embassy in Majuro.


Presidents Mash-out Micronesian Issues in Majuro Meeting

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 05, 2012 - 08:58 AM
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The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Government hosted the annual summit of the three Presidents of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the RMI on Thursday, July 5, at the International Conference Center, in Majuro. 


Marshall Islands: ROC Taiwan Donates Solar Laptop Learning Systems

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 04, 2012 - 12:42 AM
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The Ministry of Education will be receiving a Solar Laptop Learning Systems, a US$200,000 project, that will provide 63 solar-powered laptops, 21 printers, and teaching materials to schools in the outer islands.

A signing ceremony between the Minister of Education, Dr. Hilda Heine, and Mr. Sam Min, a representative from Motech Industries, Inc., the supplier of the Solar Laptop Learning Systems, took place on Friday, June 29, 2012.


Fifty-two Graduate from USP, Marshall Islands Campus

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 02, 2012 - 11:39 PM
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The University of the South Pacific (USP), Marshall Islands campus, held its largest graduation ceremony with about 52 students receiving degrees, diplomas, and certificates on Thursday, June 28, 2012.


Marshall Islands to Trial Tuvaluan Compost Toliets

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 27, 2012 - 10:40 PM
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An expert from Tuvalu is leading the construction of composting toilets in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), to trial how effective they are at reducing septic pollution of Majuro’s main groundwater resource, the Laura water lens. The dry eco-san composting toilets use very little water and have the twin benefits of both conserving water and preventing sewage from leaching out of septic systems and into the surrounding environment.


Marshall Islands: Namdrik Atoll Wins UNDP Equator Prize and Special Award

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 26, 2012 - 10:09 AM
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The Namdrik Atoll Local Resources Committee, a non-governmental organization, received global recognition for its' outstanding efforts in sustainable development at the 2012 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Prize Award ceremony held at the Vivo Rio Concert Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week Wednesday. The Equator Prize award recognizes the successes of community-led initiatives in improving livelihoods, conserving biodiversity, developing sustainable natural resource management, and building community resilience.


Marshall Islands College Pilot Program to Offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 25, 2012 - 10:33 PM
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A new pilot program at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) will offer baccalaureate level nursing instruction to nurses already within the Pacific nation's healthcare education program or workforce. The initiative is sponsored by the Freemen Foundation with an award of $100,000 to the Friends of the College of the Marshall Islands.

"Yesterday, Wilson Hess and I signed the MOU for this pilot project," said CMI President Carl Hacker in an email announcement.


Statement by President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands at Rio+20 Summit

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 22, 2012 - 10:25 AM
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The National Statement for the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio +20 was presented by the RMI’s Head of State, His Excellency Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President.

“While the Marshall Islands understands the reluctance of some nations to fully commit to binding and definitive agreements at this time, we are also deeply concerned that if there is not a consensus to undertake serious preventative and restorative action on a global scale, time may run out.”

WEBCAST: Marshall Islands, General Debate - 4th Plenary Meeting, Rio+20


Japan Provides Marshall Islands $16M Grant for Two Vessels

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 30, 2012 - 05:02 PM
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Japan agreed to provide up to US$16 million (1,288,000,000 Japanese Yen) to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for improvement of the domestic shipping services in the northern Pacific atoll nation. During a ceremony on May 23 at the Foreign Ministry offices in Tokyo, Japan's Minister Koichiro Gemba and his Marshall Islands' counterpart, Minister Phillip H. Muller, exchanged notes for the grant.


Marshall Islands announces first Trade Policy Framework

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 13, 2012 - 06:53 AM
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The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), His Excellency Christopher J. Loeak, today announced the approval of the nation’s first Trade Policy Framework. President Loeak made the announcement at the opening of the 2012 Forum Trade Ministers Meeting in Majuro this morning.


Marshall Islands College to Open New Research Training Laboratory

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 06, 2012 - 06:07 PM
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Research training gets more than a foot-hold in the Marshall Islands with the new Pacific STEP-UP (Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons) Research Training Laboratory at the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI). The opening ceremony for the Research Training Laboratory will be held on May 9, at 10 a.m. at CMI's Tolemour Hall, Room 105.

This summer, for the first time, high school students will be able to work alongside CMI faculty on molecular biology experiments in the new laboratory.


Marshall Islands to host 2012 Forum Trade Ministers' Meeting

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 06, 2012 - 05:53 PM
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Trade Ministers from across the Pacific region will converge next Friday (11th May) in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, for the 2012 Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting (FTMM).

The trade ministerial will be preceded by the 2012 Forum Trade Officials Meeting (FTOM) from 8th- 9th May, also in Majuro.


Marshall Islands President and Taiwan Ambassador Rally for Goodwill

Contributed by YokweOnline on May 03, 2012 - 06:11 AM
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President Christopher Loeak and ROC (Taiwan) Ambassador George T.K Li had a goodwill table tennis match on the afternoon of 2 May 2012 at the International Conference Center (ICC) in Majuro.

To celebrate the Constitution Day of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Marshallese Government organizes a host of sports events and games as part of the celebration every year.


REPAC "Reaches out" with Donations for Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 29, 2012 - 01:59 PM
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A Hawaii non-profit organization that shares Hawaii's prosperity with those with fewer resources sent out in February twenty-four televisions with stands, overhead projects, computer printers, toys, and books to the Marshall Islands.

President Christopher J. Loeak,  Cabinet Members, Health and Education officials attended the hand-over ceremony from REPAC (Reach Out Pacific) on April 20 at the International Conference Center.


New Marshall Islands Ambassadors Take Oath of Office

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 22, 2012 - 09:13 PM
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The new Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Ambassadors designate, in the presence of His Excellency President Christopher J. Loeak, Nitijela Speaker Donald Capelle, and other senior government officials, their family members, and friends, were formally sworn in by Chief Justice Carl B. Ingram today at the International Conference Center. 

The newly sworn Ambassadors are as follows:

  • Ambassador to Fiji - Frederick H. Muller
  • Ambassador at Large (non-resident to Korea) - Kejjo Bien
  • Ambassador to Japan - Tom D. Kijiner


Taiwan Gives $2.75 Million Grant to Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Apr 06, 2012 - 01:39 AM
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At a donation ceremony on Thursday morning in Majuro, Republic of China (Taiwan) Ambassador George T.K. Li presented a check for $2.75 million to the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ Minister of Finance Dennis Momotaro.  The funding fulfills the fourth quarter portion of the 2011 Annual Grant from the ROC to the Marshall Islands.


Marshall Islands Officials Welcome UN's Focus on Nuclear Legacy Impact

Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 31, 2012 - 04:31 PM
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President Christopher Loeak welcomed last week the presence of the UN Rapporteur Calin Georgescu who was tasked with examining links between human rights and toxic waste disposal and to investigate these critical human rights issues in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).

“ We have given him complete access as an independent expert.  This is not just a historical legacy for the Marshallese, but a contemporary struggle as we continue to struggle with ongoing medical issues, and some communities remain displaced,” said President Loeak.


Statement of the Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste in Republic of the Marshall Islands

Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 31, 2012 - 12:59 AM

At the end of his official country mission to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights obligations related to environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and waste, Mr. Calin Georgescu, delivered the following statement:

“From 27 to 30 March, I have had more than twenty substantive meetings with dignitaries of state, ministers, senators, high-level officials, experts, academics, civil society, local communities and members of the press. I was personally honoured to be received by His Excellency Christopher J. Loeak, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands.

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