WASHINGTON, D.C.—Doug Domenech, the U.S. Department of the Interior assistant secretary, met Wednesday with Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. in Palau to break ground on a road and dock project worth $9,207,000 that was provided under the recently renewed Palau Compact Review Agreement.
Domenech also presented $300,000 to Remengesau in support of the 7th Our Ocean Conference that Palau will host in 2020.
“It was an honor to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony with President Remengesau for these important road and dock improvement projects. The United States-Palau relationship under the Compact of Free Association continues to provide positive impacts for the people of Palau,” said Domenech. “The United States is also pleased to support Palau as it prepares to host a large gathering of nation states, civil society/non-government organizations, youth, and private sector stakeholders in Palau for the 7th Our Oceans Conference. This high-profile international assembly has great potential to bolster future opportunities for Palau and I wish them great success.”
Domenech is also in the Republic of Palau this week to co-chair the 42nd Annual U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting with Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They are accompanied by U.S. Geological Survey director Jim Reilly who will be a featured speaker at the Coral Reef Task Force meetings. More information on this meeting is available at https://www.coralreef.gov/. (PR)