Palau. In January, President Tommy Remengesau swore in
for a second term. Several members of the Senate questioned
the cost of the ceremony, which amounted to the equivalent
of US $ 200,000. The president defended the huge expense of
preparing for the event, giving the country a "face lift".
In September, Palau was one of 53 countries that signed
the UN agreement on a global ban on nuclear weapons. In a
speech before the UN General Assembly, President Remengesau
called on the leaders of all countries of the world to sign
In October, it became clear that the Japan Airport
Terminal, which operates the Haneda International Airport in
Tokyo, merged with the Palau International Airport
Corporation to operate and upgrade the airport in Palau.
According to a spokesperson for the Japanese company,
investments in an expansion of the terminal building and
other infrastructure of the equivalent of US $ 31 million
would mean a lot to Palau's tourism industry. Of the
approximately 160,000 tourists who traveled to Palau in
2015, about 30,000 came from Japan.
Countryaah.com, Palau was one of 17 countries and territories included in
the EU's first black list of tax havens, published in