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This week the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has sought Pacific Islands Forum Leaders endorsement of the proposed dates of the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and Related Meetings to be held in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Forum Secretary General, Mr. Tuiloma Neroni Slade, is expected to visit the Marshall Islands February20-22 to discuss further preparations and plans for the meetings.
The First Lady of the Marshall Islands, Lieom Anono Loeak, has been spearheading efforts to mobilize community-wide clean-up and beautification activities around Majuro and the outer islands. This initiative by the First Lady is an attempt to revive the Marshallese people’s connection to their lands and environment.
The implementation of this project is both timely and important as the Republic of the Marshall Islands is poised to host the 44th Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings later this year.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is entering an important stage in its nationhood, said RMI President Christopher J. Loeak in his State of the Nation Address on January 7, 2013 during the opening of the 34th Constitutional Regular Session of the Nitijela. “As we take stock of the progress and challenges we face together since attaining our sovereignty, let us be mindful of both our successes and trials as we move forward together.”
The English version of the Address, handed out to the diplomatic corp and others that attended the Luncheon that took place after the Nitijela opening, follows:
The Marshall Islands’ welcomed regional and local leaders this week for the Micronesian Chief Executives Summit (MCES). The 18th session convened at the International Conference Center in Delap, Majuro on Thursday, followed by the Leaders’ retreat on Friday.
Representing the Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam and Chairman of the 17th MCES, his Designated Representative Joanne Brown turned over the Chairmanship to RMI President Christopher J. Loeak as Chairman of the 18th MCES.
The Office of the President hosted the 2012 President’s Day Awards Ceremony at the Cabinet Conference Room today. President Christopher J. Loeak gave recognition and prizes to recipients that participated and demonstrated distinction during the President’s Day competitions that were held on November 17, 2012.
Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) President Christopher J. Loeak will be joining other Pacific ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) Leaders for the Special non-forum ACP Meeting at the Royal Papua Yacht Club today Wednesday 21 November.
The PACP member countries include the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. This will be Fiji's first time since its suspension in 2009 to participate in PACP meeting.
In a congratulatory letter, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak extended on behalf of the RMI people and Government sincere felicitations to United States President Barack Obama on his re-election.President Loeak expressed hope that President Obama's new mandate will allow for the opportunity to pursue the on-going efforts to further strengthen the relations between the RMI and US.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak returned to Majuro yesterday from his trip to Hawaii where he held town hall meetings with the Marshallese communities in Maui and Kona last week to address and discuss compact impact and other issues. Hawaii is the one of the first port of entries to the United States mainland by RMI citizens and is also home to the second largest Marshallese residing in the US.
A new agreement between the governments of two small Pacific nations will provide much needed airline services within the region before the end of the year. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Nauru (RON) Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Commercial Arrangement in Respect of Air Transport Services between and beyond the two countries by the National carrier of Nauru, Our Airline.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak made the first presidential visit to the Marshallese community of Maui last week during a community town hall meeting. President Loeak was accompanied by First Lady Lieom A. Loeak, Consul General Noda Lojkar, and Chief of Staff Christopher de Brum. Maui is home to the second highest Marshallese population in the state of Hawaii.
National Message by His Excellency Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, on the occasion of the World Food Day, October 16, 2012:
I am indeed privileged and honored for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you on this occasion of the 67th anniversary of World Food Day. On this day October 16, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and many countries throughout the world will be giving recognition to the observance of World Food Day. The occasion serves to bring into focus the existence of poverty and hunger present worldwide. October 16 holds special significance to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, since it was on this date in 1945 that the organization was formed. Now in its 67th year of existence, the FAO continues in its quest to eradicate hunger throughout the world. Entire address and Marshallese version follow.
The Minister in Assistance to the President with Cabinet portfolio for Environment, Conservation and Energy, Honorable Tony A. deBrum, arrived Hyderabad, India on Friday, October 12, 2012, to join other environment ministers from hundred and ninety-three member countries of parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) at its Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 11). According to Minister deBrum, “This major, global biodiversity event comes at an appropriate time when countries and people around the world are meeting to put to practical plans of action the sustainable development frameworks and agendas adopted at the Rio+20 earlier this year in Brazil. The Republic of the Marshall Islands will actively join in the global discussions on biodiversity and development between now and the next COP meeting”.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Government has strongly condemned what is described as a terrorist attack against the Consulate of the United States in the Libyan city of Benghazi which caused the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and other US diplomatic staff last week.
In a letter to the US President Barack H. Obama on behalf of the RMI Government and people, dated September 17, 2012, RMI President Christopher J. Loeak conveyed sympathy and condolences to the families of the slain diplomats.
The nation’s parliament, the Nitijela, also passed yesterday a resolution which condemned the attacks in Libya.
President Christopher J. Loeak attended the "21st Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting" chaired by the Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna at the Edgewater Resort. The one-day meeting was an annual gathering of SIS leaders to discuss a range of issues significant and specific to SIS to ensure that issues are prioritized in the annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders' Communique. The Cook Islands Government hosted this year's 43rd PIF.
Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak attended the “3rd Engaging with the Pacific Leaders’ meeting” hosted by the Government of Fiji. The two-day meeting began with a formal opening ceremony compromising honor guards and welcoming remarks by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Josaiea V. Bainimarama. At the plenary session, Prime Minister Bainimarama informed Leaders that Fiji values its relationship with its Pacific neighbors and called on greater unity for the benefit of all Pacific Islands.
Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) President Christopher J. Loeak will be joining other leaders from the Pacific island countries at the upcoming "Engaging with the Pacific" (EWTP) conference to be held in Nadi,Fiji, from August 23-24, 2012. Chaired by the Republic of Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, this year's EWTP theme is "Strengthening Partnerships amongst Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS)".
Ao naan in yok-yokwe im good morning nan kom woj aolep ilowan chamber in an Nitijela im aolep ro rej ronjake enaan in ao ilo Radio V7AB. Ij kobalok wot ilo Jar eo an Chaplain in an Nitijela Reverend Enja Enos im lelok adwoj jimor naan in kamolol nan Anij Jemed ilan kin kojerammon im kejbarok eo an ioon Republic in an Marshall Islands. Ikonan bareinwot bok ien in im lelok ao kamolol nan Reverend Enos im Dri-kaki ro Jemed ilo Eklesia ko adwoj kajojo kin kijetoto im kate ko aer, im kin aer bok konaier im jiban lonnaj lontak jokun mour ibellakin aelon kein ad.
An official ceremony was held on Friday, June 29, 2012, to mark the groundbreaking of the new USP campus in Delap, Majuro, the capital atoll of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The ground breaking was led by President Christopher J. Loeak and USP Chancellor, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui, who is the Governor General of the Solomon Islands.
Speaking to world leaders at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development on June 21st, 2012, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) President Christopher J. Loeak called on the world to initiate ambitious action to ensure a safe and healthy environment for future generations, saying “time has now run out.”
Responding to the lack of medical care in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the government is looking into developing a long-term relationship plan with Flying Doctors of America (FDoA), to bring in U.S. Board certified volunteer medical doctors to the RMI on a three to four month rotating basis. The president and founder of FDoA, Dr. Allan Gathercoal, and consultant Fred Radewagen, met with President Christopher J. Loeak and members of Cabinet on Thursday June 7, 2012. Dr. Gathercoal and Mr. Radewagen were accompanied by RMI Ambassador to the US Charles Paul.
With support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Education hosted a math seminar from June 6-8, 2012, at the International Conference Center. With a goal of enhancing math teaching skills and techniques, the seminar provided a forum to discuss challenges by educators from the Micronesia region.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Executive Director, Gaudencio S. Hernandez, Jr. paid a courtesy call on Acting President Dennis Momotaro on Monday, May 28, 2012, during his visit to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
Executive Director Hernandez represents the RMI, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Timor-Leste on the ADB Board of Directors.
Opening Remarks By His Excellency Christopher J. Loeak
President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
2012 FORUM TRADE MINISTERS' MEETING (FTMM)
International Convention Center
Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
May 11, 2012
Mokta jen ao wonmaanlok wot im kwalok enaan in ao ilo kebellok in an kwelok in Minister rein an Trade jen belaak in Pacific in, ikonaan kobalok ilo jar eo an Reverend Enja Enos im lelok kile, nebar im kamolol nan Eo Ri-komanman kin karok kein an remman kij armij ejelok ad melele kaki.
Ao naan in kile nan Chairman eo an Council eo an Irooj im Irooj ro ad ilo imweo imweir im Irooj im Lerooj ro ad ilo belaak ko kajojo ilo belaak in Marshall in im ijoko ilikin Ailin kein bareinwot.
Mr. Speaker, Vice-Speaker, ro uwaan Cabinet im Nitijela eo, Chief Justice eo im ro ilo jikin ekajet ko ad, Mayor eo an Majuro in, Mudge Samuel, im Mayor ro jet mottan jen ailin ko kajojo ilo belaak in Ailin Kein, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Reverend Enja Enos im Ri-kaki ro Jemed ilo kabun ko ad kajojo, ro ilo private sector eo im doulul ko ilikin kien,
Yokwe and greetings to you all! I join Reverend Enja Enos in giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for this beautiful day and for His love and protection over each of us and for guiding our young Republic over the past 33 years.
- ALSO: As Presented in Marshallese - Commemorative Address by RMI President Christopher J. Loeak
- The English version of RMI President Christopher J. Loeak's commemorative address follows: