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In the Sixteenth Special Session of the Eighth Olbiil era Kelulau, the Senate Joint Resolution No. 8-99 was adopted expressing the Republic of Palau’s “profound gratitude to the people and the government of the Republic of China and Her Excellency Maggie Taichung-Tien, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China, for the continued assistance toward the development of the Republic of Palau.”

Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons, Shallum Etpison, President Johnson Toribiong and Reklai Bao Ngirmang presenting award to Ambassador Maggie Taichung-Tien at Micronesian Voyaging Society fundraising dinner back in February.

The Republic of China has assisted Palau in numerous infrastructure and capital improvement projects in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, medical care, fisheries education, culture and tourism.

In the last year alone, the Republic of China assisted Palau with over $12million in funding for various development projects.

The sixteen (16) projects listed from the past year are: Airai Road to Rabbit Fish Farm), Koksai-Nekken Road, Koksai-Ngchesar Road Phase II, Airai Rabbit Fish Hatchery equipment, Ngaraard Road (Ngkeklau) Final Phase, Ngarchelong Road (Ngriil and Dock Rehabilitation), Badrulchau Tourist Center, Melekeok Historical Pier Restoration, Ngchesar State Road Phase VI, Ngaremlengui Road Rehabilitation, Ngermid Road Phase I, T-Dock and M-Dock Road Rehabilitation, Malakal Marine Resource Phase II, Koror Sewer Pump Station Upgrade Phase III and the Ngaraard Road (Orredakl-Ulimang) Final Phase.

The resolution specifically expresses the Olbiil era Kelulau’s “heartfelt gratitude for the abundant assistance from the Republic of China [during their] ten year relationship” and commends “Her Excellency Maggie Taichung-Tien, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for her instrumental role in facilitating and ensuring the continued assistance from the Republic of China to the Republic of Palau.”

Certified copies of the Joint Resolution were transmitted to Ambassador Taichung-Tien, President Toribiong, Senate President Mlib Tmetuchl and House Speaker Noah Idechong.