Palikir, Pohnpei: July 26, 2023 – Governor Oliver delivered welcoming remarks at the Joint Presidential Inauguration for President Simina, Vice President Palik, Speaker Moses and the 23rd FSM Congress. Governor Oliver was accompanied to the inauguration ceremony by First Lady Estle G. Oliver.
The Joint Inauguration ushers in the 10th President of the Federated States of Micronesia, along with Vice President Aren B. Palik. Dignitaries and esteemed guests were in attendance, including His Royal Majesty Nanpwutak Pikiniap, Nahnmwarki of Sokehs, His Royal Highness IsoNahnken of Madolenihmw, His Royal Highness IsoNahnken of U, His Royal Highness IsoNahnken of Sokehs. Also joining were the State Governors of Kosrae and Chuuk and the Lt. Governor of Yap. Presidents of the Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands were also there along with the Speaker of the Nauru Parliament and Lt. Governor of Guam. Delegations from the U.S, China, Japan were also in attendance along with resident diplomatic embassies and diplomatic partners from India, New Zealand and South Korea. International and Regional Organizations were also represented including UN, JICA, PIDB, SPC, OFCF and Tuna Commission.
In his welcoming remarks that emphasized unity, Governor Oliver described the beginning of the Simina/Palik administration as the “dawn of a new era guided by the resounding theme OUR UNITY IS OUR STRENGTH AND PROSPERITY”. Governor Oliver spoke of the hope and confidence brought on by the leadership of President Simina, whose experience includes terms as Governor of Chuuk and Speaker of the FSM Congress. He also quoted the late President Tosiwo Nakayama, first President of the FSM’s first inaugural speech, describing the Federated States of Micronesia like a rainbow, “ it is a single beautiful thing, yet it is composed of many different colors. Our differences do not divide us, but make us richer through their diversity. The ocean is our common link, it is our heritage and our greatest natural resource. Our islands form our way of life and our many islands together, our states together, make us stronger than our four separate states apart.” Governor Oliver closed his remarks with heartfelt
to President Simina, Vice President Palik and Speaker Esmond Moses and expressed hope that the inauguration would be a turning point in the FSM’s collective pursuit of progress and unity.
The Governor joined President Simina, Vice President Palik, Speaker Moses and all the dignitaries that joined the Presidential Inauguration for a dinner reception later in the evening at Mangrove Bay to conclude the Joint Presidential Inauguration activities that included a Church Service at Seinwar, Kitti and Cultural celebrations at COM-FSM Palikir the day before.
You can watch the Inauguration on video, thanks to Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.youtube.com/live/Rj1pMrF06-4?feature=share