Peilapalap, Pohnpei: July 3, 2023 – Governor Oliver received H.E. Ms Michèle BOCCOZ, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Philippines and Non-Resident Ambassador-designate to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. This is the first visit to FSM for Ambassador BOCCOZ.
Ambassador Boccoz is based in Manila, Republic of the Philippines. She has been trained as a Diplomat, joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 1991. Her most recent posting was as the Assistant Director-General and Special Envoy of the Director-General at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Governor Oliver conveyed his appreciation and honor to receive H.E. Michèle Boccoz to Peilapalap and welcome her to Pohnpei. Ambassador Boccoz explained that France considers itself a Pacific nation with New Caledonia and French Polynesia. She noted that the Pacific region is “where the world is changing” and both her and Governor Oliver agreed they share the same concerns with regards to conservation and climate change.
Ambassador Boccoz also shared upcoming opportunities to connect online and learn the French Language and looked forward to working with Pohnpei State through the FSM National Government in areas like Agriculture, Fisheries and Energy.