Guam – This past Monday, Guam Senator Frank F. Blas, Jr. met with Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Governor Benigno Fitial and several members of the Commonwealth Legislature to discuss a resolution he introduced in April of this year. Resolution 375-31 (COR) recognizes the desire of the CNMI Legislature to form an alliance with the Guam Legislature to be known as the Mariana Islands Legislature Association.
The resolution further adds to the desire by requesting the establishment of a cooperative initiative that would explore areas of economic development and mutual benefit between Guam and the CNMI.
“While the purpose of my meetings was to initially provide them with information on the resolution and to ask for their support, I was very encouraged by their enthusiasm and excitement towards the prospects of the initiative,” said Senator Blas. “In separate meetings, Governor Fitial, House Speaker “Eli” Cabrera, Senators Juan Ayuyu and Frank Cruz, Representative Joseph Palacios and I talked about how the initiative could work in maximizing our collective efforts in areas of common interest such as tourism, government procurement, and regional collaboration. We also saw the added value in the initiative of working together to identify opportunities for joint growth and development, and to communicate and coordinate more efficiently and effectively on national and international matters that could produce positive outcomes for both island entities.”
In his meeting with the CNMI Governor, Blas said that he was told that a similar discussion was being encouraged amongst the Chief Executives throughout Micronesia and was being led by Fitial. Senator Blas stated, “It was providence that I had the discussion with the Governor (Fitial) because I believe that our efforts complement each other. And we also further agreed that although our political statuses with the United States government were different, the buy-in and cooperative relationship between both our congressional representatives will be a vital component to any joint success.”
Senator Blas will ask the Legislative Rules Committee for consideration to include Resolution 375-31 on the agenda for the next legislative session.