Peilapalap, Pohnpei: July 31, 2023 – In a significant step towards strengthening Pohnpei’s economic development through assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mr. Alton Kimura, Program Director for U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands conducted a courtesy call with the Governor of the State of Pohnpei, Reed B. Oliver, and key cabinet members. The meeting served as a platform to discuss and share information about USDA programs in the areas of water, environment, public facilities and the private sector.
During the call, Mr. Kimura emphasized the USDA’s commitment to support key areas that can benefit from the range of impactful USDA initiatives available to the Federated States of Micronesia. He noted that his visit is part of the USDA’s aim to increase their focus in the region. Along with discussing available programs, Mr. Kimura shared updates on financing and funding assistance schemes. Governor Oliver expressed his appreciation for the longstanding support of the USDA in Pohnpei State, and introduced key members of his cabinet representing areas that can benefit from USDA programs. Among the Departments represented during the courtesy call was the Department of Resources and Development, the Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Department of Public Safety, Department of Treasury and Administration, Department of Health Services, Pohnpei Housing Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The courtesy call concluded on a positive note, with Governor Oliver and Mr. Kimura expressing a shared commitment to explore the implementation of various initiatives discussed during the meeting.