Women are dominating Palau's foreign affairs team with the recent confirmation of Jeraldine Tudong as Palau's newest ambassador. She will join Ngedikes "Olai" Uludong and Dilmei Olkeriil who are serving as ambassadors to the United Nations and Taiwan respectively, under Palau's top diplomat, Minister of State Faustina RehuherMarugg.
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the presidential appointment of Ms. Jeraldine Tudong as Palau's ambassador to the European Union. Tudong will take on the position, which was formerly held by Ambassador Ngedikes "Olai" Uludong, before she assumed her present U.N. post.
Tudong's confirmation was swift with a Senate approval vote immediately after her confirmation hearing.
Tudong is currently chief of the Division of Foreign Affairs under the Ministry of State's Bureau of Foreign Affairs & Trade. She is a graduate of the Australian university system with Bachelor of Arts' Degrees in Politics & History at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales and a Master of Arts' Degree in Foreign Affairs & Trade Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
President Remengesau said Ms. Tudong's extensive experience representing Palau at various United Nations bodies, strong relationship with Palau's diplomatic corps and her institutional knowledge of Palau's diplomatic agendas make her most suitable for this important assignment.
"I am certain, that with her impeccable background in foreign relations and her collective expertise in the Ministry, Ms Tudong will represent Palau's interests skillfully, and be an effective Ambassador for the Republic to the European Union and advance our development priorities with our partners," Re-mengesau said in his appointment letter to Senate President Hokkons Baules.
As an EU ambassador, Tudong will be keeping track of the many projects and bilateral agreement between Palau and the European Union and its respective member countries. "There is now an undeniable need for Palau to step up its efforts in following up and staying on track with many projects and bilateral arrangements that pertain to our partnership with the European Union," Re-mengesau said.
Ms. Tudong awaits an official oath-taking before leaving overseas to her new post at Brussels, Belgium.