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Monday, September 04, 2006

First Taiwan-Pacific Summit underway in Palau

By Alfred Maesulia

Preparation for the First Taiwan-Pacific Summit in Koror, capital of Palau is underway and all the six leaders from the Pacific independent states are now gearing up for the one-day meeting.

The meeting proper will start today but already leaders have engaged in bilateral talks with each others.

President Chen Shui-bian of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has arrived yesterday with his Delegation.

Strengthening Oceanic Democratic Alliances and Realizing comprehensive Partnership, which is the theme of the summit, will get the seven leaders together to sign a Joint Communiqué at the Ngarachanmayong Cultural Centre at the end of the meeting.

The summit to be centred on cooperation between Taiwan and Pacific Allies will cover tourism, economic partnership, agriculture and fisheries, community & culture.

Other areas to be discussed include Customs, Preventing Money Laundering and Smuggling and Police Training.

Yesterday president of the Republic of Palau, His Excellency Tommy Esang Remengesau Jr., hosted a lunch for the Pacific leaders at the Palau Pacific Resort. Leaders exchanged gifts with the Palauan president.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare and President Remengesau Jr. briefly shared common understandings of cultural values the two countries enjoyed and the importance of safe-guarding the health of their peoples who have a common practice of chewing betel nut.

The Republic of Palau, with a population of about 20,000 people established a well tourism sector as the main revenue earner for the island country.

Tourists mainly come from Taiwan and Japan and the infrastructure to sustain development of tourism has been well developed to cater for hundreds of tourists who visit this small nation every week.

Palau is truly a living example of how a small nation can develop its resource in a sustainable manner to benefit it people. Environment around most hotels and residents in Koror is almost intact.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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