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FSM attends 1st Pacific Exposition: ‘Creating a Pacific momentum’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (FSM Information Services) — Supported by funding from the government of the Republic of Indonesia, in partnership with the governments of Australia and New Zealand, the first Pacific Exposition — which saw officials, businessmen, and artists from 20 Pacific Island nations, including the Federated States of Micronesia participate to promote their countries — was held from July 11 to 14, 2019.

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Bermance Aldis, program manager for FSM Tourism, and Stanley Raffilman, program manager for Investment are seen at their booth at the 1st Pacific Exposition, showcasing the immense natural beauty of the FSM as well as advocating for its potential as an investment opportunity.  FSMIS photo

Representing the FSM were Bermance Aldis, program manager for the Division of Tourism, and Stanley Raffilman, program manager for Investment, Department of Resources & Development.

Aldis and Raffilman showcased the FSM in the Tourism Forum, the Business and Investment Forum, and the Cultural Forum. Attendees expressed enthusiasm about what the FSM can offer to potential tourists. In particular, Aldis’ presentation on the FSM’s underwater cultural heritage showed the richness of the FSM’s unique assortment of attractions.

“The expo is a success in terms of increasing awareness of the FSM’s potential as a tourist destination and in developing investment opportunities,”

The FSM, which its president, David W. Panuelo, has described as “paradise in our backyard,” is exploring means of enhancing foreign investment within the federation to improve opportunities for its citizens.

One key discussion in the Pacific Exposition was regarding a proposal from the Indonesian government on the establishment of the “One Pacific Destination” network. This proposed network would see collaboration across the Pacific to promote tourism, which in turn could attract longer-term trade and investment opportunities. While the FSM national government hasn’t committed to this network, it’s considering further exploration into its mechanics to determine if joining such a network would deliver proportionate benefits to the federation.

The FSM national government is committed to promoting and protecting the “paradise in our backyard” for the benefit of all its citizens.