Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

President Mori Schedules State Visit to the Mortlock Islands in Chuuk State

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): August 7, 2009 - President Mori is scheduled to visit the Mortlock Islands of Chuuk State later this month to continue his State Visit from July of 2008. During the trip in 2008, the President was not able to visit all of the islands in the Mortlocks. On this upcoming trip, President Mori will be travelling on one of the FSM patrol boats that has been chartered by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA) for an immunization program in the Mortlocks. He plans on leaving Pohnpei on August 19th and reaching Weno, Chuuk on August 23rd, holding meetings on Lekinioch, Satowan, Moch and Nama along the way.

Because the Caroline Voyager was already booked during this timeframe, the patrol boat was chartered by the DHSA for this trip. Due to the limited number of passengers that can ride on a patrol boat, the President is inviting a few representatives from the Departments of Resource & Development, Foreign Affairs, Health & Social Affairs, Education, , Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure, and the Offices of Environment and Emergency Management, SBOC, and the Public Information Office to join him on this trip. He has also extended invitations to Chairman Peter Sitan of the FSM Congress, who represents the Mortlock Islands, and the Governor of Chuuk State to accompany him on this State Visit.

President Mori intends to hold discussions on issues of importance to the region such as sea level rise, health, food security, energy, transportation, education, and infrastructure.

Upon arrival in Weno, the President plans to attend a Chuuk State Leadership Conference with participants from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Chuuk State Government. At this meeting, President Mori intends to review the joint accomplishments that have transpired since the last Leadership Conference and talk about ways to continue moving forward with reform efforts that have been laid out and agreed upon by the State and National Governments.

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