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Tsutsui Appointed to National Policy Committee

September 3, 2013, 9:27 AM HST
* Updated September 3, 9:28 AM
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Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui. Courtesy photo.

Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui. Courtesy photo.

By Maui Now Staff

The National Lieutenant Governors Association has appointed Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui of Hawaiʻi to serve on a national policy committee, officials said.

“This role recognizes Lt. Governor Tsutsui as a point of contact and recognized expert for NLGA and to his peers,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst in a government issued press release.

As a member of the international committee, the lieutenant governor will assist in “providing direction on opportunities for global engagement by the states’ seconds-in-command,” the announcement said.

Lt. Governor Tsutsui responded to the news in a statement calling it an honor to be appointed.  “Because Hawaiʻi serves as a gateway between Asia and the Pacific, being appointed to this committee is a natural fit,” he said.

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He continued saying, “I’ll be able to share my knowledge on how Hawaiʻi continues to work on attracting the various visitor markets and business industries to fuel our economy.”

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NLGA is the professional association providing research and issue exchange opportunities to lieutenant governors across the nation.

In February, Tsutsui led a trade mission to the Philippines, aimed at strengthening ties and encouraging business relations between Hawaiʻi and the Philippines.

“The economic challenges facing all states and the nation are shared globally,” said Hurst in the announcement. “The opportunity to increase international contacts and find possible markets for the states’ businesses is a benefit to Hawaiʻi and all states,” she said.

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