Nauru hands over Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) Chairmanship to FSM

The handover took place at the 21st meeting of the MPS in Pohnpei on Monday.

President Kun is in Pohnpei to attend the 21st MPS and on invitation to the 25th Micronesian Islands Forum (MIF).

A statement said Nauru and Kiribati are not members of the MIF but it is the intent of the MIF to formally invite Nauru and Kiribati to become members at its meeting yesterday.

President Kun said despite the chaos and crisis of the recent past, the MPS has emerged stronger through a renewed sense of solidarity, standing side-by-side through a period of sensitive negotiations.

Planned power outage for Nauru

The power outage will be from 1pm- 4pm for the whole of Ijuw, today.

NUS said “Areas affected: Anabar Pond Camp Abs 150 to Grino Tokaibure residence Abs 187. This is to enable the replacing of high voltage wooden to fibre glass cross arm in Ijuw.”

“Power supply will return to normal as soon as works have completed.”

The corporation also confirmed that there will also be a power outage same time tomorrow for the whole of Anabar.

Homeschool to commence in Nauru

The Nauru Government said this is due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Support staff will be available at the school from 8.30am to 3pm for those who seek assistance in regards to the learning package provided.”

“Normal classes for Sacred Heart College Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8.”

The country is currently experiencing the second wave of Covid-19, due to the increase in the number of locally acquired cases reported over the last 4 weeks with further case numbers expected to increase.


Nauru braces for second Covid wave

The Government Information Office said the infections are due to the increase in the number of locally acquired cases reported over the last 4 weeks with further case numbers expected to increase.

The country has recorded a total of 200 active cases on island of which 154 newly acquired infections were identified during this reporting period; all but 2 cases were locally acquired. 

This brings the total number of Covid cases to 5121 of which 444 infections were reported since 1 January 2023.

US Ambassador presents credentials to Nauru President

On arrival at the government office yesterday, Ambassador Damour was received by the Police Commissioner Iven Notte for the inspection of the Nauru Police Force Guard of Honour before being escorted to the Office of the President.

President Kun said he looks forward to strengthening relations and mutual cooperation between the two allied nations moving forward.

A statement said Ambassador Damour is an experienced member of the US foreign office and is also Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, and Tuvalu. She succeeds Joseph Cella who served in the role for over two years.

Nauru reports 127 new Covid cases, 219 active cases

According to the latest situational report, 127 are new cases of Covid and this is a 90 per cent increase compared to the same time last week.

The island nation is now experiencing the second wave of Covid-19 and further case numbers are expected to increase.

The highest number of new cases of 84 is reported in the 18-49 years age group.

Thirteen new cases are in the 0-4 years age group.

The report released yesterday said 419 people have been identified as ‘close contacts’ and are under quarantine.


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Nauru to work on cable system connection to Pohnpei

President Russ Joseph Kun said they have plans in progress to connect Nauru to the cable system in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

He said the operation is expected to be completed by December 2025.

The Nauru Fibre Cable Corporation was established in 2017 and is mandated to improve internet connectivity through submarine cables.

The $70 million fibre optic project called “East Micronesia Cable” is funded by the U.S., Japan and Australia.

The submarine cable project will link Nauru, FSM and Kiribati.

Philippines donates USD10, 000 to support Nauru’s Covid response efforts

Nauru’s High Commissioner to Australia Camilla Solomon received the donation on behalf of the Nauru Government from Ambassador of Philippines to Nauru Ma Hellen Barber de la Vega, on the eve of Nauru’s Independence Day, 30 January.

“We reached out to our close friends for support as we face the unknown of what lies ahead, keeping in mind the community’s most vulnerable members, such as the elderly and those with chronic medical concerns. Due to our limited resources and capacity in the health sector, we needed the assistance.”

Nauru to host 3rd Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting

President Russ Joseph Kun said since its inaugural meeting in 2020, Aviation Ministers have held the RAMM1 and RAMM2 meetings online.

“The meeting in Nauru will be the first time for all regional Aviation Ministers to meet in person under the RAMM3 gathering. With an increasing population, the demand for school bus transportation is immediate.”

The meeting will be held in the third week of November.

Kun also said the Runway Project will commence within the current financial year.

Nauru Trust Fund records over AUD$200 million last year

President Russ Joseph Kun said the fund was possible through generous assistance from their partners, Australia, Republic of China (Taiwan), New Zealand and ADB.

“The fund is achieving its investment objectives and will be able to provide ongoing and secure source of revenue for the people of Nauru by 2033.”

Kun added that Nauru’s economy continues to perform well despite the highly uncertain global environment and volatile revenue streams.