Palikir, Pohnpei: April 27, 2015 - His Excellency Andrew Jacobs, Ambassador of the European Union to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was accompanied by his staff Mr. Martin Chong on a visit to the FSM from 23 – 29, April 2015. The purpose of Ambassador Jacobs’ visit was to discuss issues surrounding the relationship of cooperation between the European Union and FSM. Ambassador Jacobs is cross-accredited to the FSM from Suva, Fiji. He presented his credentials to President Mori in May of 2013.
On April 23, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert hosted a dinner for Ambassador Jacobs. Among matters discussed at the dinner, Ambassador Jacobs and Secretary Robert also discussed the Universal Periodic Review, the results of the election and FSM’s future plans.
On the following day, Ambassador Jacobs met with Assistant Secretary Hubert Yamada of the Department of Resources and Development and the FSM National Authorizing Officer (NAO), Mr. Gillian Doone, at the Office of SBOC. During the Ambassador’s meeting with SBOC they signed an addendum to the financing agreement for the NorthREP project. The addendum provides an extension to the duration of the NorthREP project beyond the recent end date of 15 April 2015 by 6 months to 15 October 2015.
Ambassador Jacobs participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Pohnpei Hydro-plant in Nanpil, Nett one of the NorthRep projects in the FSM. Those in attendance were Secretary Robert, Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Mr. Gerald Sackios, Assistant Secretary Hubert Yamada, Mr. Kadalino Lorens, Director of Pohnpei State Economic Affairs, and Mr. Nixon Anson, Assistant General Manager of Power Distribution and Generation of PUC. Ambassador Jacobs departed Pohnpei for Yap on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
While in Yap, Ambassador Jacobs visited Ulithi and Fais to assess the damage of Typhoon Maysak for the purpose of rehabilitating NorthREP projects in those areas. The Ambassador will call on Governor Tony Ganngiyan and Lt. Governor James Yangetamai while in Yap.