Federated States of Micronesia
France and the Federated States of Micronesia
Our relations with the Federated States of Micronesia remain limited but are gradually developing. A delegation from the French Senate, led by Mr Jean-Pierre Démerliat, visited the archipelago in September 2010.
For several years, France has supported technical cooperation projects in the field of renewable energy by setting up solar panels and wind turbines. In September 2011, our Ambassador in Manila, who is accredited to the Federated States of Micronesia, inaugurated the solar panels that were installed to provide electricity for the hospital of Ulithi atoll. Initiatives to support good governance (customs department) have also been carried out with financing from the Pacific Fund. A study on improving the water distribution system in Yap is underway.
As regards culture, an ethnographic living museum was opened in the State of Yap in 2011. Museum projects should continue in Micronesia in liaison with representatives of France’s Pacific communities and Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa (New Caledonia).
France has financed archaeological work at the megalithic site of Nan Madol on Pohnpei Island. A stone money disk from Yap, an exceptional item of historical heritage, was given to the Quai Branly Museum at its inauguration in June 2006.
Mr Emanuel Mori, the former President of the Federated States of Micronesia, attended the 3rd France-Oceania Summit on 31 July 2009 in Nouméa. He also attended the opening of the Pacific Games in Nouméa in late August 2011 in the presence of the President of the French Republic. President Peter Christian attended the 4th France-Oceania Summit in Paris on 26 November 2015, as well as COP21 four days later.