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Calendar iconUpdated September 27, 2021

Sam currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Oceanic & Industrial Affairs division within the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA), under the Ministry of Resources & Development (R&D) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Sam oversees a team of nine employees responsible for administering foreign, locally-based, and domestic fishing licenses issued under various fishing access agreements and regulated by law. In addition, Sam is responsible for ensuring timely collection of oceanic fisheries data through the maintenance of a fisheries database that captures fishing vessel details and catch data. Prior to this position, Sam worked with the RMI Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Honolulu, New York and Tokyo, Japan. Sam graduated from Xavier High School and attended the University of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he double-majored in Political Science and History. Sam believes he can further contribute to the well-being of the people and Government of the RMI through his effective participation in the ELDP course.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs applauds the Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) on completing its 33rd annual conference, held virtually from August 29 to September 2, 2022. More than 500 government financial accountability officials attended...

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Compact-Mandated Palau Economic Advisory Group Launched

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The Palau Economic Advisory Group (EAG), newly constituted to provide recommendations on how the United States can best contribute to the long-term economic stability and resilience of the island, convened its initial meeting Aug. 22-26, 2022. The goal of this first meeting was to learn about the...

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Palau Economic Brief Documents (2022)

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The 2022 Palau Economic Brief and Presentation is produced annually to present an independent assessment of the Republic of Palau’s economic performance and policy environment, as well as independently verified economic statistics

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Assistant Secretary, Carmen G. Cantor, Welcomes APIPA 2022 Conference Participants

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Carmen G. Cantor, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, gives a warm welcome APIPA 2022 Conference participants.

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