Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Bank of FSM Pays Annual Dividend to National Government

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): July 15, 2010 - On June 30, 2010, the Bank of FSM issued a check in the amount of $197,511.44 to the FSM National Government, representing the Bank's 2010 Annual Dividend payment to National Government, principal shareholder of the Bank of FSM.

President Mori is hoping that private businesses and individuals will seize the opportunity to purchase shares in the Bank of FSM and that eventually the National and State Governments will be able to sell off their interest to the private sector. "The Bank of FSM is generating profitability and should be supported by the private sector," said Mori.

The Bank of FSM shares are available for purchase with the FSM Department of Finance in Palikir. The shares are currently being sold at the price of $10 per share, the same price at which the government originally purchased its 300,000 shares for $3,000,000 on December 31, 1992. The FSM Government currently owns 290,458 shares, representing a 31.10% ownership of the bank.

The Bank of FSM began operations as a commercial bank in 1986, it is FDIC insured, and has branch offices in all four states: Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap and Kosrae.

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