Organizing the Ministry of State

The Ministry of State shall be headed by a Minister. The Ministry shall be responsible for national defense, treaty matters, relations between the national and state governments and relations with other nations, the United Nations, other international organizations, for related matters, and for the Office of the Public Defender. The Minister shall coordinate the activities of the Ministry with appropriate authorities, boards, commissions and public corporations. The Minister shall be responsible for the performance of the duties and functions of the following offices, bureaus and divisions.


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Senate Bill No. 8-34, SD5, HD1

Pursuant to the authority vested in me under Article IX, Section 15 of the Constitution of the Republic of Palau, I am referring Senate Bill No. 8-34, SD5, HD1, back to the Eighth Olbiil Era Kelulau for further consideration with the recommendations for amendment set forth below.

Although I am referring this Bill back to the Olbiil Era Kelulau with several observations and recommendations for change, I want to start by saying that the most troublesome provision is Section 13, which authorizes and appropriates funds to pay for the program this Bill creates. As I advised just last week in a letter to the Olbiil Era Kelulau referring back a different bill for further consideration, our local revenues are in a severe downward spiral and are projected to be in that condition for the foreseeable future. Without cutting the budget of an existing government program the Republic does not have the luxury of funding additional programs, especially a program such as that created by this Bill, which to my mind is an unnecessary exercise at times such as this.

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Establishing Team Palau Organizing Committee

WHEREAS, on March 2, 2006 “Team Palau Organizing Committee” was established under Presidential Directive No. 06-005 to better prepare Palauan athletes for the 2006 Micronesian Games hosted by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from June 23-July 4, 2006; and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Palau will host the upcoming 2010 Micronesian Games and that Palau’s best athletes will come together as “Team Palau” to represent our nation at the games; and

Continue Reading August 20, 2009 at 11:12 am 3 comments

Palau Language Commission

Dear Senator Tmetuchl:

Pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Constitution of Republic of Palau, today I have signed into law Senate Bill No. 8-53, SD1, a law establishing a Palau Language Commission. The slip law number to be assigned to the Bill will be RPPL No. 8-7.

I am very appreciative of your efforts and that of your colleagues in considering and passing this Bill. It is a particularly timely Bill in light of two of the Constitutional amendments our people approved in November of last year. The twenty-first amendment to the Palau Constitution requires the national government to take affirmative action to assist our traditional leaders in the preservation, protection, and promotion of, among other things, our Palauan language. And the twenty-fifth amendment to our Constitution provides that in case of a conflict between its Palauan and English versions, the Palauan version shall prevail. The work of the commission that this Bill creates hopefully will assist in the preservation, protection, and promotion of our Palauan language and provide the necessary guidance if a conflict in the language of the Constitution needs to be resolved.

Continue Reading August 20, 2009 at 11:03 am 4 comments

Letter from PIFFA Director-General

It is my great honour to write and thank you for the
kind and encouraging words that you provided on the
30″‘ anniversary of the Pacific Islands Forum
Fisheries Agency.
Indeed, the FFA Members have much to celebrate for
their achievements in the last thirty years. This is
testimony to the strength of our countries through
their cooperation to address common issues and will
see us through the challenges that continue to face us.
The vision of our Leaders that our people enjoy the
highest levels of social and economic benefits
through the sustainable development of our fisheries
resources continues to be at the forefront of our FFA
Strategy and Work Programme;

Continue Reading August 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm 1 comment

Executive Order No. 265

Establishing a Joint Task Force on Domestic Tuna Industry Development (JTF/DTID)

WHEREAS, since its creation on November 28, 2001 by Executive Order No. 204, the Palau Fisheries Advisory Committee (PFAC) has not succeeded in producing a roadmap for the promotion and development of domestic tuna fisheries industry under the ownership, management and operation by a wholly citizen-owned company or a semi-autonomous entity; and

WHEREAS, as a member in good standing of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Republic of Palau has not taken full advantage of or fully utilized technical, professional and financial assistances available from these regional or international organizations in the fields of conservation, management and sustainable harvesting of highly migratory fish stocks within Palau’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone; and

Continue Reading August 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm 2 comments

Letter to Director General of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency

Dear Director General:

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA), the people and the Government of the Republic of Palau send their warmest and best wishes and congratulations to PIFFA and applaud its accomplishments over the last thirty years.

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