On Friday, November 4, 2022, Governor Oliver delivered welcoming remarks at the 2022 Joint Economic Management Committee (JEMCO) Meeting at Cantero Hall. JEMCO Vice Chairman, Lorin Robert, introduced the Governor after U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Carmen Cantor, delivered opening remarks as the Chairwoman for JEMCO.
In his short remarks, Governor Oliver welcomed A/S Cantor and the JEMCO delegation from the U.S. and FSM. He welcomed and recognized the heads of the State delegations, Governor Narruhn from Chuuk, Lt. Governor Arthy Nena from Kosrae and Yap Governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Francis Itimai.
He noted that as the last JEMCO meeting under the amended compact, it was fitting to be held in Pohnpei where the first JEMCO meeting was held in August 2003. He highlighted JEMCO’s work to strengthen the management and accountability of economic assistance provided under the amended compact, noting that more can be done to continue doing this. Governor Oliver expressed gratitude and appreciation for the longstanding bonds of friendship, cooperation and trust between the USA and each state in the FSM.
Presentations highlighting the Education, Health and Infrastructure sectors were given to the JEMCO members. A presentation on Audits was also presented by FSM Public Auditor, Mr. Haser Hainrick.
At the conclusion of the meeting a resolution was shared that approved, among other things, the funding for the construction of the Pohnpei Emergency Operations Center (EOC).