Ngiraibelas Tmetuchl

As a result of the new administration’s re-alignment of government ministries, a “super” ministry was created, and appointed to head this mammoth task is Ngirai Tmetuchl, current Chairman of Palau Visitors Authority Board.
Mr. Tmetuchl, whose appointment is before the Senate for confirmation, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and Post Graduate degree in Economics Research Program from Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Universities in Japan.
According to his nomination, he is a successful businessman with number of companies in real estate, tour agencies and construction. Under his leadership as PVA Chairman, he is credited with turning PVA into a thriving world-class marketing agency promoting Palau internationally. He is also credited for launching the “successful Pandemic Re-employment Program that ensured employment of hundreds of people.”
The new Ministry of Human Resource, Culture, Tourism and Development assumes most of the responsibilities under the former Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs such as Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Youth Affairs, and takes on Human Resources which is expanded version of the Labor Division from Ministry of Justice. It added Tourism, formerly Bureau of Tourism from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism. Lastly it took on Development which used to be Commerce under the Ministry of Public Infrastructures, Industries, & Commerce. The “super” ministry essentially handles culture, youth, human resources, labor, tourism and development.
The man vetted for the job comes highly recommended by the administration as fit for a challenging new ministry.
The appointment has been introduced in the Senate as Resolution 11-29. So far, all of President Surangel Whipps Jr.’s ministerial appointees have sailed through the Senate with over 90% approval and Tmetuchl’s appointment is expected to receive strong support as well.
Senate hearing with the ministerial appointee was conducted yesterday with the nominee Ngirai Tmetuchl. Senate is expected to take action on the resolution this week.
Three ministries still without ministers include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice. President Whipps said that he is the serving minister for any Ministry that is without a minister until one is appointed. (By: L.N. Reklai)

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