US Ambassador to Palau Amy Hyatt (leftmost, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr (3rd from left), and US Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech (4th from left) with Palau’s local officials during the groundbreaking ceremony for the over $9-million worth of projects for road rehabilitation and dock improvements in Palau. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Two projects amounting over $9-million that are funded through the Compact Review Agreement with the United States had broken ground Tuesday, September 10, to start the road and dock improvements in Palau.

Out of the $9,207,000 Compact fund, $6,200,000 is allocated for the rehabilitation of the main roads of Koror and Airai states while the remaining $2,170,000 will be used to fund the improvement of Angaur Dock.

U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, and US Ambassador to Palau Amy Hyatt attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the two projects held at the open lot near PC Bar. Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. also graced the event.

Domenech, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony, said that the Compact of Free Association Agreement between the US and Palau is very important to their government and that funding the two projects is just one way that both countries can partner together.

“The United States-Palau relationship under the Compact of Free Association continues to provide positive impacts for the people of Palau,” Assistant Secretary Domenech said in a statement sent to the media.

Meanwhile, Angaur state governor Kennosuke Suzuky said that the Angaur Dock improvement project is a “long time coming” since the last time a project like this was done on their state was in 1992.

Governor Suzuky said that the dock improvement is a much-needed project since it will help improve transportations to and from Angaur State.

“As you know, the ocean transportation is primary mode of transportation to go to the island. It is the cheapest way. So we’re really glad that the president and the US have agreed to fund this project,” Suzuky said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas )