H.E. David W. Panuelo

Born April 13, 1964, Panuelo completed his early education on his home island of Pohnpei, and continued his education in the United States of America where he received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Eastern Oregon University in 1987.  Panuelo returned to his beloved home and, aspiring to serve the Nation and its citizens, started his career with the FSM National Government in the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer. A year later, he was confirmed as the Deputy Ambassador for the FSM Embassy to Fiji where he served until 1993 where, upon his return to Palikir, he was re-appointed to serve his Nation in the same role at the FSM Mission to the United Nations from 1993 through 1996.

After nearly a decade serving the FSM abroad, Panuelo returned home and, having been recognized as deep, strategic, and passionate thinker, was immediately offered a Cabinet position in the Pohnpei State Government, which he accepted so as to address more focused and pragmatic issues at the state level. In 1997, Panuelo was named the Director of the Department of Resource Management and Development for the State of Pohnpei and, for the next four years, devoted his energy and cross-cultural experiences to enhance the development of resources in Pohnpei, correlating with Pohnpei’s increased GDP per capita. At the end of the Administration in 2000/2001, he returned to the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs and served as the Assistant Secretary for the Division of American and European Affairs.

In 2003, Panuelo—recalling the Government’s desire to grow the private sector and create jobs for the citizens of the Nation—resigned from government work to re-direct his energy and efforts to the development of the private sector. For the next seven years, Panuelo established various businesses ranging from construction to human services, including the non-profit Care Micronesia Foundation.

Having demonstrated to himself that the FSM is capable of sustaining a healthy private sector, Panuelo entered his name in the national elections of 2011 with the goal of developing the Nation’s economy and human capacity.

On May 11th, 2011, Panuelo was seated as Pohnpei State’s two-year Senator from Congressional District Three to the 17th Congress, and was re-elected unopposed in 2013 and 2015. During the special election of 2015, Panuelo entered the race for, and was seated, as the State of Pohnpei’s four-year at-large representative to the 19th Congress, which he maintained into the 20th Congress.

Panuelo campaigned for the March 5th, 2019 election for the State of Pohnpei’s at-large seat for the 21st Congress, highlighting his various service-centered and people-centered accomplishments—including growing the FSM Trust Fund from $11,000,000 to more than $250,000,000—and on May 11th, 2019, Panuelo was elected by the 21st Congress of the FSM to serve as the Nation’s ninth President.

Panuelo is the loving father of five beautiful children and seven equally beautiful grandchildren.

 

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Joint Committee on Compact Review & Planning (JCRP)
Executive Director of the Secretariat: The Honorable Epel K. Ilon
Chairman of the JCRP: The Honorable Asterio R. Takesy
PO Box K2178, Kolonia, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-5277
 

Department of Foreign Affairs

Secretary: The Honorable Lorin Robert
Deputy Secretary: Mr. Samson Pretrick
PS123, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2641/2613
Fax: (691) 320-2933

Department of Resources & Development
Secretary: The Honorable Marion Henry
PS12, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2646
Fax: (691) 320-5854

Department of Transportation, Communication, and Infrastructure
Secretary: The Honorable Lukner Weilbacher
PS2, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2865
Fax: (691) 320-5853

Department of Finance and Administration
Secretary: The Honorable Sihna Lawrence
PS158, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2640
Fax: (691) 320-2380

Department of Health and Social Affairs
Secretary: The Honorable Marcus Samo (Acting Secretary)
PS70, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2872
Fax: (691) 320-5263

NOTE: The Department of Health & Social Affairs website, as of January 9th 2019, is under maintenance. Contact the Public Information Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you need additional contact information for this agency.

Department of Justice
Secretary: The Honorable Joses Gallen
PS105, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2644/2608
Fax: (691) 320-2234

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Secretary: The Honorable Kalwin Kephas
87 Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2643
Fax: (691) 320-5500

Department of Environment, Climate Change & Emergency Management
Secretary: The Honorable Andrew Yatilman
Palikir Station, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-8815

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Office of Public Defender
Public Defender: Mrs. Lorrie Johnson-Asher
PS174, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2648
Fax: (691) 320-5775

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PS05, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM, 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2863
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Ms. Ginger Porter Mida
Box 1376, Kolonia, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2614
Fax: (691) 320-2612

FSM Development Bank
President/CEO: Ms. Anna Mendiola
Box M, Kolonia, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2840
Fax: (691) 320-2842

National Fisheries Corporation
President/CEO: Mr. Peter Sitan
Box R, Kolonia, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2529
Fax: (691) 320-2239

National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA)
Executive Director: Mr. Eugene Pangelinan
PS122, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2700
Fax: (691) 320-2383

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Administrator: Mr. Alexander R. Narruhn
Box L, Kolonia, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2706
Fax: (691) 320-2607

FSM Telecommunications Cooperation
President/CEO: Mr. Freddy Perman
1210 Kolonia Station, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2740
Fax: (691) 320-2745

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Acting CEO: Mr. Gordon Seagal
Ocean View Plaza, Suite 15, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2602
Fax: (691) 320-2607

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Director: Dr. Rufino Mauricio

College of Micronesia-FSM
President: Dr. Joseph M. Daisy
158 Kolonia Station, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941
Phone: (691) 320-2480/2481
Fax: (691) 320-2479

The Honorable Aren B. Palik

The Honorable Aren B. Palik is the Tenth Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).  

On May 11, 2023, Aren B. Palik was elected as Vice President by congressional colleagues of the Twenty-Third FSM Congress after winning his re-elected bid for the Kosrae’s At-large (4-year) seat in Congress.  He was first elected to Congress in 2019 where he served as Vice Chairman of the Resources & Development Committee and Education Committee.  He was also a member of the Committee on Health and Social Affairs and committee on Transportation and Communication.

Prior to his election to Congress, Vice President Palik had built an impressive professional career in the financial services (banking) industry, spanning over 30 years. He was President & CEO of the Pacific Islands Development Bank for 17 years with corporate office on Guam.  Under his leadership, the Bank posted improved overall performance and unprecedented growth. Previously, he held executive management positions at Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the FSM, and the FSM Development Bank. His knowledge and experience prepare him well to manage and improve delivery of government services with transparency, accountability, and integrity.

Under the new Simina/Palik administration and given his background and experience, Vice President Palik has primary responsibility over the following departments and portfolios: Finance & Administration, Resources & Development, Education, Postal Services, and the Executive Budget Review Committee (EBRC).

In addition to his rich professional background, Vice President Palik also served his nation in various roles and capacities.  He was a member of the Joint Committee on Compact Review and Planning (JCRP) tasked to negotiate the expiring provisions of the amended Compact; former member of the Compact Trust Fund Committee; a delegate to the 3rd FSM Constitutional Convention; and a delegate to the 3rd Kosrae State Constitutional Convention.  Palik also served as Chairman of FSM Unified Revenue Authority and FSM Development Bank Board of Directors.

In the Micronesia sub-region, the Vice President was a member and Chairman of the Micronesia Conservation (MCT)Trust Board of Trustees, Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies (APAFS) Board of Governors, and Guam Chamber of Commerce.

Vice President Palik earned a Master’s degree from University of Delaware Graduate School of Banking, where he graduated with honor, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Eastern Oregon University. 

The Honorable Aren B. Palik, the Tenth Vice President of the FSM, is married to Mrs. Adelita Abraham Palik and they have four children: Sonja, Ryan, Lloyd, and Jason. 

The Honorable Yosiwo Palikkun George

The Honorable Yosiwo Palikkun George is the 8th Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).


George was born in Kosrae on July 24th, 1941. His rich and varied public and political life started during the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) and has continued through today. His public service experiences began as an Engineer Trainee at the Pohnpei Transportation Authority, later as a classroom teacher in Kolonia Elementary School, and then as the TTPI Social Security manager in Saipan.

George later served as Kosrae's Lieutenant Governor for a partial term, when he was appointed by the 1st President of the FSM, Tosiwo Nakayama, as the Director of Department of Social Services with foci on health, education, and community services.

After many accomplishments in the Department of Social Services, George was reminded again of his home in Kosrae, and ran for Governor of Kosrae State, where he served two full and consecutive terms. George was then appointed by President Bailey Olter to serve as the Ambassador of the FSM to the United Nations, where he served with distinction for three years.

International service on behalf of the FSM inspired George to run for a seat in the Congress of the FSM, and in the 10th Congress he began his service as a Senator for four years. George was later appointed by Governor Rensley Sigrah to serve as the Chief Justice for Kosrae State Court, where he served until 2006 when he was then called upon by President Manny Mori to serve as the Administrator for MiCare. After several years of dedicated service, President Mori appointed George to be the Ambassador of the FSM to the United States, which additional accreditation to the State of Israel.

George ran for the State of Kosrae's At-Large seat in the Congress of the FSM for its 19th Congress, where he was elected as the 8th Vice President of the FSM, sworn into office on May 11th, 2015. Upon completion of his first term as Vice President of the FSM, George successfully ran for Kosrae's At-Large seat again in 2019, where the 21st Congress of the FSM elected him to the Vice Presidency again on May 11th, 2019.

George's education began at Malem Elementary School, and in 1957 he moved to Pohnpei to attend Pohnpei Intermediate School and then on to Pacific Island Central School (PICS), where he graduated in 1963. George then attended the College of Guam (now the University of Guam) under the Trust Territory Scholarship, and transferred to the University of Hawaii under the East-West Center Scholarship. While at the East-West Center, George participated in a student-exchange program at the University of Mexico. George graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1969, and spent one year of graduate school at Ball State University in Indiana whilst working for the TTPI's Social Security Program.

Yosiwo Palikkun George is married to Antilise W. Mackwelung George, and they are blessed with seven children and more than ten grandchildren

H. E. Wesley W. Simina

Tenth President of the Federated states of Micronesia

His Excellency Wesley W. Simina is the Tenth President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). 

Wesley W. Simina is a Micronesian politician who has had a significant political career in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Born on September 10, 1961, he has held various positions within the government.

Simina's political journey began when he served as the Governor of Chuuk State, which is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia. He assumed this role in July 2005 and held it until July 2011. During his tenure as Governor, Simina was re-elected to a second term in a runoff election in 2009, defeating Gillian N. Doone, the son of former Governor Gideon Doone.

In July 2011, Simina resigned as governor to take on the role of Chuuk's at-large senator in the National Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. This move allowed him to have a broader influence in the country's political landscape. As Simina transitioned to his new position, the Lt. Governor of Chuuk, Johnson Elimo, assumed the role of acting governor.

In a special gubernatorial election held on August 24, 2011, Johnson Elimo won the election to complete the remainder of Simina's unexpired term as governor of Chuuk. Elimo secured the victory with 7,945 votes, while his opponents, Alexander Narruhn and Redley Killion, received 6,913 and 3,692 votes respectively.

Simina's political career continued to advance, and on May 11, 2015, he was elected as the Speaker of the Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. This position further elevated his influence and responsibilities within the National Government.

The pinnacle of Simina's political career came on May 11, 2023, when he was elected as the President of the Federated States of Micronesia during the first regular session of the 23rd Congress. This marked a significant achievement for him and solidified his position as the leader of the nation.

As President, Simina would assume the highest office in the country, responsible for leading and representing the Federated States of Micronesia both domestically and internationally. His presidency would involve making important decisions, implementing policies, and addressing the various challenges and opportunities faced by the nation.

Overall, Wesley W. Simina's political journey showcases his rise from being the governor of Chuuk State to becoming the President of the Federated States of Micronesia. His experience and leadership within the FSM Government have contributed to his success and the trust placed in him by the people of Micronesia.

 
 
 

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