The financial health and accountability of the Marshall Islands showed its best results on record in FY2017, according to the annual Performeter report. The Performeter analysis uses financial indicators and ratios to assess the government’s financial performance and sustainability.
KELLY LORENNIJ “Unar e peim,” Jabukja Aikne told his sixth grade visitors from Woja Elementary School — reap the labors of your hands. Using his 10 fingers he applied the proverb and created a farming “Eden” filled with fruit crops, vegetables and animals in Laura.
HILARY HOSIA This week’s visit by Taiwan Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu highlighted the increasingly close ties between Marshall Islands and the Republic of China/Taiwan. But it also provided insight into future directions of the now 20-year-old relationship.
The RMI government took an unprecedented step to strengthen its partnership with civil society last week with the signing of a new Partnership Framework Agreement with the Marshall Islands Council of Non-Government Organizations (MICNGOs). The new partnership agreement supports President Hilda Heine’s Agenda 2020, which aims to improve social, environmental, and economic well-being in the […]
Japan Ambassador Norio Saito and Arno Atoll Mayor Bernard Chong-Gum signed a grant contract for “Procurement of Sea Transport for Copra in Arno Atoll” last week Friday at the Embassy of Japan. The grant is up to $135,500 through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The signing ceremony was witnessed by Irooj […]
KELLY LORENNIJ While Nitijela (Parliament) was split in half during Monday morning’s vote of no confidence, both sides reiterated one common concept: “Kien eo en jerbal ippen armij ro, kon armij ro, im nan armij ro ilo jokkwin wot juon.”* President Hilda Heine’s opening remarks were met with applause from the packed audience, resonating most […]
KELLY LORENNIJ Lessons on Japan natural disasters are easily accessible in museums and memorials. One such institution is the Great Hanashinawaji Earthquake Memorial fixed in Kobe where even schoolchildren visit for simplified simulations of tsunami and earthquake attacks. The memorial museum is a form of community initiative. It displays bent instruments, handwritten notes and photographs […]
SUZANNE CHUTARO Despite facing a vote of no confidence next week, President Hilda Heine did not shy away from her duties Tuesday to address government heads of departments to refocus their attention on providing customer service — her signature call to action since she assumed office in 2016. “Of the five reasons for the motion […]
A Marshall Islands government team, led by Finance Minister Brenson Wase and Minister in Assistance David Paul, attended the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group last month in Indonesia. The delegation included Secretary of Finance Maybelline Bing, Assistant Secretary Ywao Elanzo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Division of International Development Assistance […]
KELLY LORENNIJ “Health is the highest right of an individual,” President Hilda Heine remarked at the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Tea Party where supporters and survivors filled up Marshall Islands Resort’s Lomalo Room with strength, tears and a lot of pink. Heine recounted the story of women coming together to raise funds and purchase a […]