Relief Web, 26th January, 2018
The USAID Deputy Mission Director Clay Epperson visited the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk State and Pohnpei State) from January 19-24, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to attend a close-out ceremony in Chuuk State for Typhoon Maysak. Deputy Director Epperson was accompanied by Mr. Robert Pierce, a colleague from the USAID Office in Manila.
Subsequent to the visit in Chuuk, Deputy Director Epperson and Mr. Pierce visited Pohnpei and along with US Ambassador Robert Riley and Deputy Chief of Mission Joanne Cummings, paid a courtesy call on Vice-President Yosiwo P. George.
During the call, Vice-President George welcomed and thanked Mr. Epperson for the visit to the Capital and expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the USAID to the FSM, especially in the affected areas of Yap and Chuuk States. He also indicated that the joint collaboration between the US and the FSM during the recovery efforts strengthens people-to-people contacts and relations as confirmed during his visit to Chuuk, whereby the Vice-President witnessed first-hand complementary working relation exemplified by USAID contractors and local laborers. The Vice-President also mentioned that the skill acquired through the joint collaborative work is important for the FSM citizens as the FSM is anticipating demand for labor recruitment for the Guam military build-up.