Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Center for Micronesian Empowerment Chooses Executive Director from FSM

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): January 28, 2009 - The Center for Micronesian Empowerment (CME) recently wrote to Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori requesting Mr. Koisimy Rudolph be appointed to the CME as its first Executive Director while still serving in his current staff development position at the College of Micronesia. Mr. Rudolph is currently attending the University of Guam as a graduate student. President Mori responded favorably to the request by stating, "I am gratified that a (FSM) citizen is in a position to help the Center, which has done a great deal for many of our people on Guam, in finding employment opportunities and obtaining the social services that they are eligible for under the amended Compact of Free Association."

The Guam-based Center for Micronesian Empowerment is at a critical juncture in its development. The organization is dedicated to the teaching and training of immigrants from the Freely Associated States to find employment and obtain the social services they require and are eligible for as citizens of the FSM, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

On January 20th, 2009, while laying over in Guam after attending the ROP Inaugural ceremonies in Palau, President Mori presented Mr. Monty McDowell, Executive Director of Advance Management Inc. and Vice Chairman of CME, with a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to the Micronesian Community in Guam. In a previous letter to Mr. McDowell, President Mori wrote of his thanks "for the tremendous assistance you have provided over these many years to our citizens who have made Guam their second home."

For more information on this topic, please contact H.E. Mr. Gerson Jackson at the FSM Consulate Office in Guam at (671) 646-9154.

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