(Koror, Palau) A summit where Micronesian leaders discussed pressing issues, including education, job training and building economies in their respective islands came to a close tonight with the discussion on a communiqué that, once signed, memorializes the discussions during the two-day summit. The discussion on the communiqué is expected to be finalized this evening.
Among other things, leaders from Guam, the Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Northern Mariana Islands talked about ways to market the Micronesian islands as one destination that offers multiple cultural experiences. The leaders all are looking forward to the PATA event that will include a One Micronesia tour as an upcoming opportunity to share the beauty of Micronesia.
One of the focus areas during the two-day summit has been tourism and building it as a viable economic engine, primarily for some of the smaller islands in Micronesia. They are looking to Guam as an example of strengthening their industry. As part of the discussion, leaders are looking at the education and job training of employees to ensure we have local talented and trained employees to run the industry.

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