Friday, December 6, 2013

President Mori hands over responsibilities for the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Future to President Remengesau

left to right: President Loeak, RMI; President Remengasau, Palau; President Mori, FSM and Governor Calvo, Guam a short recess on the 3rd day of plenary for the 19th Micronesian Chief Executives' Summit in Saipan. It was during this break that the Leaders agreed appoint President Remengasau as the new Secretary-General of the Micronesian Center for a Sustainable Future (MCSF).

FSMIS (December 6, 2013): As the 19th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit (MCES) inched to its closure, the Micronesian Leaders discussed, among other items, the future of the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Future and agreed to revisit its framework and organization structure.

In that regard, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori, the current Secretary-General for the center, urged his colleagues to take a strong stand in further enabling the center in terms of its purpose, structure and sustainability as the organ to facilitate decisions made within the MCES system. He also recommended that a new Secretary-General be appointed as his tenure with the FSM National Government will end in May 2015.

President Christopher Loeak from the Republic of the Marshall Islands thanked President Mori for his leadership and nominated President Tommy Remengasau of the Republic of Palau as the next Secretary-General for the Center. The Leaders welcomed  President Loeak’s  nomination unanimously.

President Mori, Governor Eddie Calvo of Guam and Governor Inos further expounded on ways to synergize the Center most especially in availing funding support.
L-R: Governor Ehsa, Pohnpei; Governor Sebastian, Yap; and Lt. Governor Sigra, Kosra
President Mori expressed confidence that with their memberships in and access to a number of international organizations and partners, the Governments of FSM, Palau and the Marshall Islands would be able to assist in seeking assistance from development partners to compliment possible funding sources through the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, for the sustainability of the Center.

In accepting the wish of his colleagues, President Remengasau thanked them for their confidence express though his nomination and asked that the Chief Executives progress together on making the Center a more viable organization.

President Remengasau was the initial Secretary-General of the Center. He was replaced by President Mori in 2009 after his Presidency expired in 2008.

The Chief Executives concurred on the wisdom in putting more focus into the Center and positioned themselves to recalibrate the Center with clearly defined mandates and funding source to be more efficient.

The Center was conceptually developed and formed leading up to the 11th MCES. It is a registered organization under the laws of Guam. It’s main purpose as an institution was to provide technical support to the ten committee initiatives of the MCES and pursue administrative grants to provide financial support to the Summit’s initiatives as they become available.  

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