IOM, Government of Micronesia Sign Host Agreement

Posted: 
02/16/12

On 17th February, 2012, IOM signed a Host Agreement with Government
of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the presence of IOM
staff and FSM Government officials in Palikir, Pohnpei. The Host
Agreement follows the ascension of the FSM to IOM membership last
December, the 100th Council Session of IOM and the Organization's
60 year anniversary.

The Host Agreement was signed by the Acting Secretary of Foreign
Affairs, Hon. Samson Pretrick and IOM Country Officer for the FSM,
Mr. Ashley Carl, in the presence of the Director of the Office of
Environment and Emergency Management, senior staff from the FSM
Department of Foreign Affairs, other Government representatives, as
well as, IOM staff.

The Agreement acknowledges the IOM assistance already provided
to the FSM, particularly in the areas of disaster preparedness and
assisted voluntary returns. Moreover, the Agreement defines the
nature of the relationship between IOM and the FSM and provides a
framework for IOM to expand its range of assistance to include
climate change adaptation, counter human-trafficking, immigration
and border management, among other activities. IOM’s
important work in support of the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) will continue in the areas of
disaster mitigation, relief and reconstruction.

The Agreement will afford IOM status as an International
Inter-Governmental Organization in the FSM with the associated
privileges that accompany such a status and are consistent with
international conventions and the law of the Host country. This new
arrangement has strengthened the partnership between IOM and the
Government of the FSM, while ensuring that the IOM can provide
enhanced support to the communities of Micronesia. 

For  more information, contact:

Ashley Carl

IOM - The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

BH: (691) 320 8735/95 Ext. 107

Mon: (691) 922 2015