SAIPAN – The CNMI will host this year’s 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum from April 25 to 27 at the Fiesta Resort and Spa on Saipan. During the 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum held last year on Guam, island leaders agreed to hold the next forum in the CNMI.
“Every year, the chief executives of Micronesia meet to discuss and establish regional cooperation on a variety of issues that are of mutual concern to the region,” stated a release from the Office of the CNMI Governor. “This annual summit brings together the six governors and three presidents of Micronesia, as well as policy representatives from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia and its member states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.”
Gov. Ralph Torres will serve as host and assume the formal chairmanship of this year’s forum, leading policy discussions on a wide array of issues important to the region. Preparations for this year’s MIF began in January.
Torres underscored the significance of the meeting between the island leaders, noting that Micronesia is undergoing a period of increased globalization that requires its leaders to continue collaborating and strengthening ties within the region.
“As leaders within Micronesia, we are fully aware of our similarities in culture and history, but we are also cognizant of our shared limitations with economic viability, education and health care as island nations due to our size and location,” Torres stated in the release. “Collective problems require collective solutions, and we are uniquely positioned to determine sustainable policies and reforms that would develop our economies successfully and provide resources for our region’s critical needs. We’re looking forward to the discussions from our chiefs, our special guests and the Micronesian community at large.”
The three-day event will feature presentations from all nine island jurisdictions, and several key federal and regional partners including the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, the Western Pacific Fishery Council and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
The agenda includes committee reports from the MIF’s nine standing committees, which are made up of policy representatives from the nine island jurisdictions led by the CNMI’s designated representatives:
• Regional Workforce Development Council
• Micronesia Regional Invasive Species Council
• Renewable Energy Committee
• Pacific Island Regional Recycling Initiative Committee
• Regional Transportation Committee
• Regional Health Committee
• Regional Telecommunications Committee
• Micronesia Challenge
• Regional Tourism Council
At the conclusion of the forum, the island chief executives will sign a communiqué that outlines the steps and initiatives that will be taken moving forward to get the leaders closer to achieving the region’s goals. The MIF will also coincide with the CNMI’s annual Flame Tree Arts Festival held that weekend and brings together artists from all over Micronesia in a shared display of culture, tradition, history and progress.
“It’s our collective goal to have stronger regional partnerships that can lead to effective policies that will benefit our various communities. Whether that be how we tackle issues of invasive species to how we promote environmental sustainability to how we achieve economic success, we are using this forum to bring Micronesia together on all fronts. In the midst of globalization, we can navigate our world as one Micronesia,” stated Gov. Torres.
The community is encouraged to participate in this year’s forum, but space is limited and is only open for registrants. To register for the 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum, email Glenna S.P. Reyes at [email protected].
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