Guam to compete with other states for Compact impact funds

The distribution of migrants from the freely associated states has shifted since 2003, with more than half of the total number now spread out across the mainland U.S., the Department of the Interior said in a bid to

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Palau anticipates Compact to be signed next month

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr unveiled some of the details of the new economic package under the renegotiated provisions of the nation’s Compact of Free Association with Washington. Palau stands to receive

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Biden backs plan to restore benefits for COFA migrants

U.S. President Joe Biden has endorsed legislation sponsored by Hawaii’s congressional delegation to restore access to federal benefits for tens of thousands of Micronesian migrants living in the U.S. legally under the

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Opinion: China-here, there and everywhere

The end of the compact negotiations between Ambassador Joseph Yun and the freely associated states is only 50% of the struggle to completion.  The remainder is in the U.S Congress and dealing with the proposed

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Compact impact aid expiring this year but discussion remains in the air

Washington has completed its negotiations with the freely associated states, pledging the renewal of U.S. economic provisions under the Compacts of Free Association.  Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the

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American legal expert: Marshall Islands voters must approve Compact

In what amounts to a bombshell legal opinion, one of the top American constitutional law experts who also was the legal advisor to the Marshall Islands constitutional convention that wrote the nation’s constitution in

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Looking at Palau’s approach to the compact negotiation

In September 2021, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr told world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly that the Compact of Free Association between Palau and the United States has led to

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FSM president negotiates US$7 billion assistance for next 20 years

A month before national elections in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), President David W. Panuelo has visited Washington to lobby and secure top-line funding support for the FSM under the Compact of Free

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Marshall Islands could receive billions in U.S. assistance

U.S. negotiators have agreed to drastically increase funding for the Marshall Islands as part of ongoing efforts to renegotiate for a third time the terms of a decades-old treaty between the two nations. The talks are

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U.S. nears new cooperation deals with Pacific Island nations

The Biden administration is nearing deals with two Pacific Island nations to extend ties that are considered critical to maintaining balance in the U.S-China rivalry for influence in a region where the Chinese are

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U.S. aims for ‘top line’ deal on aid to three Pacific nations

The United States hopes to reach agreement on “top line” numbers for assistance to three Pacific Island countries by the year end, a State Department official told Reuters on Thursday, part of negotiations

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U.S. asked not to ‘micromanage’ FSM

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has called on the United States to let the Pacific nation manage its own financial responsibilities under the Compact of Free Association, noting that the funds provided by the

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