Tamuning-The 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum opened yesterday here with President Remengesau calling for a need for follow through on the initiatives that were discussed in last  year’s  meeting.

“It was last year that we changed our name, our regional organization from Micronesian Chief Executives Summit (MCES) to Micronesian Islands Forum (MIF).


“I believe that there was a reason to shift the focus as a region not just as chief executives, and the reason being as we look at ourselves as a region , we find that there is a lot of work to be done, a lot of commonalities, a lot of challenges that we can better address as a region,” Remengesau said in his remarks during the first day of 22nd MIF.

Remengesau said in last year’s forum hosted by Palau, there are several issues and recommendations that have been raised, but its time to turn the plans into fruitation.

“ Ladies and gentlemen, the main challenges facing us are follow up, follow up, follow up. We need a follow up on many strategic plans, follow up on the plan of action and resources people,” Remengesau stated.

President  Remengesau,  Federated States of Micronesia President Peter Christian   Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo,  Foreign Minister John Silk of the Republic of the Marshall Islands representing President Hilda Heine, Governor Ralph Torres of the CNMI, Governor Johnson Elimo of Chuuk State, Governor Marcelo Peterson of Pohnpei State, and Lt. Governor James Yangetmai of Yap State gathered at the forum held at  Hyatt Regency Guam.

In yesterday’s meeting,  committee reports were  delivered by the nine-standing committees including the Micronesian Challenge, Regional Invasive Species Council, Regional Workforce Development Council, Regional Tourism Committee, Regional Energy Committee, and the Committee on Communications, Regional Transportation Committee, Pacific Islands Regional Recycling Initiative Council, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the Micronesian Center for a Sustainable Future.

Remengesau  also called for greater efforts to develop the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Future, stating, “While we have made efforts in the past to develop the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Future forward as the secretariat for the former MCES and now the MIF, our efforts have simply not borne fruit.”

He recommended to  rename the Micronesia Center for a Sustainable Center as the Micronesia Islands Forum Secretariat, he however urged his fellow leaders to support the Secretariat with contributions to its operation.

The leaders will close the forum today with a signing of a communiqué.  [/restrict]