Joint U.S. – Palau Statement on the “Clean Network”


Republic of Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach agree on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and ensuring safe technology supply chains based on internationally accepted digital trust standards. They express their commitment to protecting peoples’ personal data, companies’ intellectual property, and each country’s national security by excluding high-risk telecommunication equipment suppliers. President Remengesau stated, “The data traveling across our communication infrastructure must be carefully protected. The Clean Network will provide a trusted foundation for countries and companies to ensure the security of their most sensitive information. Palau is excited and proud to join the Clean Network.”

Palau will join more than 50 Clean Countries, 180 Clean Telcos, and many global high-tech Clean Companies on the Clean Network. Under Secretary Krach added, “The Republic of Palau’s participation in the Clean Network paves the way for expanded U.S private sector investment in Palau and strengthens the joint security of like-minded partners in the region and around the world.” Under Secretary Krach and Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. further emphasized the critical importance of ensuring a Palau–U.S. partnership based on transparency, reciprocity, and respect for sovereignty and the rule of law. These principles underpin the relationship between the two countries and will serve as a trusted guide in the vital area of cyber and telecommunications security.