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The financial status of the government continues to improve. There is an accounting system that will be effective in October of this year and is a part of the new financial management systems and fiscal procedures agreed upon under the Compact. Government assets, including its agencies, are valued over $320 million US dollars. Compared to the year 2001, figures show that the revenue in 2002 has increased.
We have established a database system in the Ministry of Justice in which records of passports, companies, foreign investment license, legal opinion, criminal and civil cases, as well as government leases, contracts, notary public and the Cabinet minutes are all recorded.
In addition, with the help of other ministries and agencies, Marshall Islands is no longer on the United Nations money laundering ‘Black List’. The Marshall Island has passed the Honiara Declaration relating to money laundering and terrorism.
Regarding immigration activities, as part of ongoing steps to increase the surveillance and security of incoming and outgoing visitors, there will be a readable passport machine that will take the place of the current passports. The process of deporting illegal aliens has also started as a result of their not following Immigration policies. The Marshalls Islands has entered the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement between countries in Micronesia such as the Marshalls, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.
Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh’s Independent Report on Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims
On Wednesday, January 8, 2003, the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kesai Note, met with former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, who formally presented his independent report on the results of claims settlement proceedings before the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal. The Nuclear Claims Tribunal was established in 1987 to adjudicate claims arising from the U.S. nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1958. Thornburgh, who served as U.S. Attorney General for both President Reagan and the first President Bush, was commissioned in June of 2002 to conduct an independent study of the claims adjudication process including the fairness and reasonableness of the Tribunal’s procedures. Thornburgh also served two terms as the Governor of the Pennsylvania, and has knowledge of nuclear issues as a result of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in his state while he was Governor.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Embassy needs your help in compiling a record of Marshallese citizens serving in the United States Armed Forces to help the government better understand this interesting trend. If you are a Marshallese citizen currently serving or have ever have served in the U.S. military please complete the following form; however if you know of any Marshallese citizen who serves or has served please encourage them to complete this brief survey. The U.S. government is aware of this survey; however if you have any questions or concerns please call or write the embassy.
Click here for Survey Form.
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United States
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The Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Washington, D.C. is pleased to inform the Marshallese communities in California and neighboring states that His Excellency President Kessai H. Note and First Lady Note are scheduled to participate in an open-dialogue meeting with members of the communities on October 18, 2002.
The Hon. Minister Gerald M. Zackios and Mrs. Zackios, H.E. Ambassador Banny deBrum, Mr. Bernard Adiniwin, Mr. Christopher deBrum, and Mr. Johnny Antolok will accompany the President and First Lady.
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As was the case before the Sun published its articles, the RMI remains eager to work with U.S. Department of Labor to ensure that RMI citizens who come to the U.S. are protected by U.S. labor law. The RMI has always encouraged strict enforcement of U.S. labor law applicable to employment of RMI citizens in U.S. jurisdictions where U.S. labor law applies.
The RMI is reviewing its domestic law to determine if it needs to regulate the activities of U.S. companies and employment recruiters who come to the RMI in order to prevent abuses. The RMI is also reviewing DOL proposals to determine if any formal bilateral agreements are required to protect RMI citizens recruited for jobs in the U.S. and who come here for that purpose.
The Sun articles have value in educating the public about issues the RMI has been studying for some time, and were balanced in presenting some success stories on Marshallese who are building better lives in the United States. The Sun could have done more to point out that the success stories actually far outnumber the cases in which people have had bad experiences.