Palikir, Pohnpei (FSMOffice of the President, October 15, 2015) - President Christian has accepted an invitation to attend the 2015 Lotowafeng (North West Islands) Leadership Conference, to be held on Polowat Island, Chuuk State from 21-24 October 2015. The conference will bring together on the island of Polowat traditional, church, and elected leaders from all over the Northwestern region for a three day event. Among the many issues of concern will be the identification of development priorities and objectives to push for progressive change, seeking practical strategies solutions on how to help solve the socio-economic challenges besetting Lotowafeng.
President Christian will also be attending a formal dedication of a testimonial monument on the nearby island of Pollup in honor and recognition of the traditional seafaring knowledge and master navigators and seafarers of Micronesia, and especially from this region, who have kept alive celestial navigation tradition for the Pacific community. The FSM's new vessel recently donated by the Government of Japan for the people of Micronesia has been renamed the Micronesian Navigators and will be christened at the Pollap dedication ceremony.
The President and his delegation will also visit Onoun and Pulusuk on this trip for outer islands airport inspection while in the region.
The National Government’s participation in these events in the Northwest Region is part of President Christian's effort to develop closer community relationship between governments and peoples of Micronesia. President Christian reflected on the fundamental principle of “Unity” in his Inaugural address as well as in his opening remarks during his State visit to Chuuk at the State Leadership Conference, in efforts of partnership and cooperation between Local, State and National governments.
President Christian and his delegation will depart for Chuuk on Tuesday, October 20th and will return to Pohnpei on Sunday, October 25th.