Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Chief Executives meet in Palikir

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Services): February 14, 2006 - The Chief Executives of the Federated States of Micronesia are in Palikir this week for a two-day Conference which started on Monday - February 13, 2006.

In light of the upcoming special session of the Fourteenth Congress of the FSM, President Joseph J. Urusemal had called for the Governors of the four States to convene "for the purpose of discussing certain important and urgent issues which are pending with the Governments."

The Chief Executive Conference (CEC) will also allow adequate time for the governments to submit items and issues requiring the attention and action of the FSM Congress.

Topping the agenda of discussion are updates on the matters of the amended Compact of Free Association between the FSM and the United States and the various issues of relations to the amended Compact.

Primary among the amended Compact issues is the Infrastructure Development Plan and its implementations along with the amended Compact reporting requirements.

The CEC is also being provided updates on the various projects financed by the Asian Development Bank, the FSM's Tax Reform efforts, the ongoing fuel negotiations with Mobil and the current status of the Submarine Fiber Optic Cable.

Also on the agenda is the status of the Fourth FSM Games, which is to be hosted by the State of Pohnpei during the summer.

A communiqué is anticipated and the end of the conference to summarize the outcome and decisions adopted by the CEC.

With the Department of Economic Affairs as the Secretariat, the FSM Chief Executives is comprised of:

President Joseph J. Urusemal, FSM National Government
Governor Wesley Simina, Chuuk State Government
Governor Rensely Sigrah, Kosrae State Government
Governor Johnny P. David, Pohnpei State Government
Governor Robert Ruecho, Yap State Government

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356