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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Micronesian presidents, governors begin arriving today

Presidents and governors will start arriving today on Saipan for tomorrow’s opening of the three-day 19th Micronesian Chief Executives Summit that will take on issues of common concerns and solutions, including climate change, tourism, healthcare, shark conservation, and human trafficking. Others will arrive hours before the summit starts Wednesday.

During the weekend, these chief executives’ staffers started arriving in preparation for the summit, to be held at Fiesta Resort & Spa in Garapan.

In all, there will be three presidents and six governors on Saipan for the summit, where at least 15 presentations will be held by different committees.

This will be Gov. Eloy S. Inos’ first time to host the MCES summit as a governor.

He said besides the presentations, leaders will also follow up on previous resolutions, but he is also particularly keen on discussing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and issues related to Compact Impact or the impact of migration from islands with agreements with the United States, at the summit.

The summit will bring together Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak, Federated States of Micronesia President Emanuel Mori, and Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr.

They will be joined by CNMI Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Guam Gov. Eddie B. Calvo, Yap Gov. Sebastian L. Anefal, Pohnpei Gov. John Ehsa, Chuuk Gov. Johnson S. Elimo, and Kosrae Gov. Carson Sigrah.

Federal officials and other delegates from the region and the United States will also be at the summit, which has served as a venue for Micronesian island leaders to discuss common concerns and solutions.

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