Juumemmej: Republic of the Marshall Islands Social and Economic Report 2005
Asian Development Bank | June 2006
This report seeks to bring a better understanding of the economic and social policy issues within the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Published under the Pacific Studies Series, Juumemmej provides thought-provoking reading that I trust will stimulate dialogue and cooperation on ways for moving forward, and bring lessons for the Pacific as a whole. Marshall Islanders refer to circumstances requiring concentration, alertness, and a sense of responsibility for the welfare of others with the term juumemmej, meaning “stand awake.” Traditionally, it described the duty of the helmsman on a long ocean voyage, who had to keep a sharp eye on the rigging, as well as on the stars, waves, and weather, while others slept in relative comfort. The broader meaning of the term challenges the leaders of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to demonstrate the same admirable qualities. Juumemmej enjoins leaders to pilot the ship of state with concern and compassion for the welfare of their compatriots, and with vigilance to safeguard for the nation a prosperous and secure future.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2006. Juumemmej: Republic of the Marshall Islands Social and Economic Report 2005. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/3295. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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