David Panuelo

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David Panuelo
H. E. David W. Panuelo.jpg
Panuelo in 2019
9th President of the Federated States of Micronesia
Assumed office
May 11, 2019
Vice PresidentYosiwo George
Preceded byPeter M. Christian
Personal details
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 58)
Pohnpei, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now the Federated States of Micronesia)
Spouse(s)Patricia Edwin

David W. Panuelo (born April 13, 1964)[1] is a Micronesian politician who is serving as the president of the Federated States of Micronesia. His term started on May 11, 2019.[2]

Biography[edit]

Panuelo was born on the island of Pohnpei, where he completed much of his early education. He went to college in the United States, earning a BA in political science from Eastern Oregon University in 1987.[3]

In 1988 he was appointed as the deputy ambassador for the Micronesian embassy in Fiji where he served until 1993. In 1993 he was appointed to serve at the Micronesian Mission to the United Nations, a position he held until 1996. In 1997, Panuelo was named the director of the Department of Resource Management and Development for the State of Pohnpei, a position he held until 2001.[3]

From 2003 to 2010, Panuelo resigned from government work to work in the private business sector. On May 11, 2011, Panuelo was elected as a two-year Senator from Pohnpei State’s Congressional District Three. He was re-elected unopposed in both 2013 and 2015. In 2019 Panuelo was elected as president of Micronesia.[3] In his inauguration address, President Penuelo's central theme was “Taking Actions Today for Our Nation’s Prosperity Tomorrow."[4] He further committed that "the Panuelo-George administration will be transparent, open, and accountable."[5]

Though the US provides for Micronesia's defense and security, and provides "a substantial percentage of the FSM national and state governments’ budget expenditures" in the form of annual economic assistance, President Panuelo has been outspoken in his support for China.[6][7] In March of 2022 Panuelo characterized China, with its de facto one-party state status, "as paragon examples of peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity."[8] President Panuelo has characterized himself as "a sincere friend of China" and the Communist Party of China as "our very dear Chinese friends."[9][10]

The couple have five children and seven grandchildren.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Micronesia". www.worldstatesmen.org.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "H. E. David W. Panuelo – Biography". FSM National Government. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  4. ^ Panuelo, David W (May 20, 2020). "State of the Nation Address" (pdf). FSM Public Information Office. National Government of the FSM. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  5. ^ Panuelo, David W (May 20, 2020). "State of the Nation Address" (pdf). FSM Public Information Office. National Government of the FSM. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "Compacts of Free Association:: Implications of Planned Ending of Some U.S. Economic Assistance". US GAO. US Government Accountability Office. February 14, 2022. p. 28. Retrieved March 28, 2022. U.S. assistance provides a substantial percentage of the FSM national and state governments’ budget expenditures for programs. Compact grants, the SEG, and other U.S. grants—about $83 million in total— supported more than one-third of FSM national and state government expenditures in FY 2019
  7. ^ David W. Panuelo (May 28, 2021). "President Panuelo's Statement at the China-Pacific Island Countries Political Leadership Dialogue". FSM National Government. FSM Public Information Office. Retrieved March 28, 2022. The Federated States of Micronesia applauds the hard work and vision of H.E. Xi Jinping, T.H. Li Keqiang, and the People of China, for their accomplishments and their continued commitment to global prosperity.
  8. ^ "FSM asks China to back calls for Russia's withdrawal from Ukraine" (web and print). Pacific Island Times. Pacific Independent News Service LLC. March 28, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022. " The Chinese, as paragon examples of peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity, I believe can and should rise to the occasion to call for the cessation of hostilities," Panuelo said.
  9. ^ "Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia". Media Release, PRC Foreign Affairs. People's Republic of China. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. December 13, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  10. ^ Cagurangan, Mar-Vic (May 29, 2021). "Panuelo holds the door wide open for Beijing, offers FSM as a transshipment hub for China's goods". Pacific Island TImes. Pacific Independent News Service. Retrieved April 1, 2022.

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