Guam Legislative Speaker Judi Won Pat Elected President of APIL

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Guam – The Speaker of the Guam Legislature Senator Judi Won Pat was  unanimously elected President of the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures [APIL] during the APIL conference last week in the CNMI.

A release from her office says that Won Pat made a commitment to work closely with regional chief executives to ensure that policies established by the association are supported and implemented by the APIL member state presidents and territory governors.

The Speaker says she will work to ensure that a reasonable and actionable strategic plan is established and acted upon by the APIL.

And the release quotes her as saying that she believes “that regional and local health, safety, education, and economic concerns may be jointly addressed and mitigated if we network closely with our Pacific island neighbors.”

READ the release from Speaker Won Pat in FULL below:

Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. elected President of APIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2012

The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures (APIL) unanimously elected Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D., to serve as the association’s president at its 31st General Assembly Conference on Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, on Friday, June 23, 2012.

Speaker Judith T. Won Pat., Ed.D., previously served as Vice President, Board of Directors (2010-2012), Secretary, Board of Directors (2008-2010), Treasurer, Board of Directors (2006-2008), and Member Delegate for Guam to APIL (2006).

“I believe that regional and local health, safety, education, and economic concerns may be jointly addressed and mitigated if we network closely with our Pacific island neighbors” said Won Pat.

Under her leadership, Won Pat will work to ensure that a reasonable and actionable strategic plan is established and acted upon by the APIL.

Won Pat made a commitment to work closely with regional chief executives to ensure that policies established by the association are supported and implemented by the APIL member state presidents and territory governors.

“The prosperity and long term security of our Pacific people requires that executive and legislative branches of government cooperate.”

The Association of Pacific Island Legislatures (APIL) is an association of policy makers from Pacific nations, states, and territories that meets on a regular basis to consider matters of mutual interest in areas where regional cooperation, coordination, exchange and assistance would help individual governments achieve their goals through collective action.  APIL membership is comprised of American Samoa ‘The Fono,’ Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, FSM State of Chuuk, FSM State of Kosrae, FSM State of Pohnpei, FSM State of Yap, Island of Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands “Nitijela,” Republic of Palau “Olbiil Era Kelulau,” State of Hawaii, Republic of Kiribati, and Republic of Nauru.