Japanese Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Fishery visits Pohnpei

Japanese Senior Vice-Minister (SVM) of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Mr. Taku Eto visited Pohnpei from July 25-27. Upon arrival in Pohnpei on the 25th, he paid a courtesy call on H.E. FSM President Mr. Mori and Hon. VicePresident Mr. Alik at the President’s Office in Palikir. He was also able to meet with Hon. FSM Congress Speaker Mr.Halbert and his congress colleagues based in Pohnpei the following day.

During the courtesy visit on H.E. President Mr. Mori and Hon. Vice President Mr. Alik, SVM Eto was accompanied by Japanese Ambassador Sakai and Fisheries Association members. He reiterated on the special historical ties between the two countries, and underscored the importance of partnership in agriculture and fisheries taking into account FSM being the largest fishing country for Japan.

Upon President’s commenting that FSM has been expecting support and assistance from Government of Japan in FSM’s effort to put additional values on local products and create employment opportunities for the younger generation, SVM Etoresponded by mentioning that Ambassador Sakai has much experience in the areas of agriculture and fisheries which will further two countries’ talks over how we can expand cooperation and assistance between our countries.

Having had a pleasant breakfast withHon.Congress SpeakerMr.Halbert and his colleagues, SVM Eto exchanged views on cooperation in agriculture and fisheries, and  commented that this visit helped him realize the importance of our countries’ bondparticularly in the agriculturaland fisheriesareas and would like to continue to further strengthen ourrelations.

FSM side commented that its country needs to develop distinct steps to formulate creative methods, especially in the agricultural industry in addition to fisheries, to diversify its ways of building a nation for a better future for the upcoming generation. SVM Eto replied that his Government has a long-standing record of providing development assistance in a stable and continuous way and sharing rich experiences in agriculture. In addition, he stated his country’s strong stance to keep in touch for further consultation.

SVM Eto aslotook the opportunity to visit sites that were funded through the Government of Japan’s aid assistance such as Pohnpei International Airport, Pohnpei Seaport, and the fishing facilities onboard one of the patrol boats donated to FSM by Nippon Foundation, an incorporated foundationfrom Japan. Later on, he detoured from official visits and paid a floral tribute to the Japanese memorial statue located next to Spanish Wall. 

Taken after Breakfast Meeting with Hon.Congress Speaker Mr. Halbert, Hon. Senator Panuelo and Hon. Senator Martin at Seven Stars Hotel(on Morning, July 26th)

Taken after meeting with H.E. President Mr. Mori at Office of President (on Friday, July 25th)