Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

First Pohnpei Economic Planning Conference

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): May 27, 2010 - On May 13-18, representatives from the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of Pohnpei state government, from the private sector, from non-governmental organizations, and technical advisors from Michigan State University, came together to hold the first Pohnpei Economic Planning Conference, to address the future economic development of the state within the World Park framework.

The World Park concept, set in motion by the state governors back in 2006, established that FSM will engage its people and utilize its resources in a continuous strategic process of development and management of its lands, waters, and heritage, to fulfill the needs of its people.

With the World Park mission in mind and with the view of facilitating FSM's transition to a tourism-based economy, the participants concentrated on elaborating specific recommendations for the tourism industry, but also addressed the fishing, agriculture and finance sectors.

"Pohnpei State is leading in the World Park development process and as a national initiative it is my hope that the road we explore and pave will be of great benefit to Chuuk, Kosrae and Yap," said Governor of Pohnpei State, John Ehsa.

The delegates agreed that that they will focus on the following long-term outcomes for tourism: providing a sufficient supply of top quality lodgings and a steady supply of varied local foods; ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment; and training employees to achieve world class customer service.

"The interesting aspect of this conference," said Pohnpei State Senator Maggie Walters, "was the fact that it was the first time representatives from all branches of government, the private sector and NGO's actually all came together to discuss our economic issues."

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