January 19, 2017 (Melekeok) A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly built and Taiwan-funded Palau National Archive Center was held yesterday after the Inauguration and Installation of Palau’s 10th government at Ngerulmud, Melekeok.

  1. E. Dr. David Tawei LEE, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), leading a delegation from ROC to to attend the installation and inauguration ceremony of the 10th Constitution Government of the ROP, was present for the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Minister Lee and Madame Lee was joined by the ROP Minister of State Billy G. Kuartei, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industry and Commerce Charles Obichang, and Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Baklai Temengil-Chilton, Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang, Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai, Senator Aric M. Nakamura, Senator Kerai Mariur, and Former Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Faustina Rehuher-Marugg at ceremony for the Palau National Archive Center.

Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael Ngirmang and many local residents from the State attended the ceremony. About 50 people jointly witnessed this meaningful moment.

High Chief Reklai gave the welcoming remarks followed by Minister Lee who emphasized the importance of well-kept documents and historical records for democratic countries like Palau. Minister Lee also reiterated Taiwan’s commitments to assist Palau’s national development and assured close collaboration between Taiwan Embassy in Palau and the Palau government to identify projects that will benefit the people of Palau in the years to come.

Minister Kuartei, on behalf of President Remengesau and ROP thanked Taiwan government for its generosity in assisting developments in Palau. He promised to maintain partnership-like relations between the two countries and ensured that Palau’s commitment and efforts to assist Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international arena will not waver but remains strong.

Minister Temengil-Chilton expressed that the new archive center which would improve efficiency of future works to save, protect and preserve invaluable Palauan documents and records.

This archive center is one of the construction projects under 2015 annual assistance provided by Taiwan government and project amount is US$300,000. [/restrict]