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Governor Torres elected president Pacific Basin Development Council

KOHALA COAST, Hawaii (Office of the CNMI Governor) — During the first day of the Western Governors Association, chief executives from the Pacific states and territories elected CNMI Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres to assume the chairmanship of the Pacific Basin Development Council. Membership includes the governors of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and the CNMI.

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CNMI Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres with Hawaii Governor David Ige at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting in Hawaii.  Office of the CNMI Governor photo

In a statement, Governor Torres thanked the outgoing chairman, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, for his leadership and support of this important council over his tenure as chairman.

“It’s a great honor to be provided this opportunity to advocate for our region in advancing economic stability and resilience,” Torres said.

He added that he looks forward to working alongside the current and incoming leaders of the region in addressing longstanding economic issues affecting the people of the Pacific states and territories.

“The next decades will showcase the importance and beauty of the Pacific and PBDC will be critical for all our islands to continue the work of supporting greater standards of living for our peoples,” he said.

The Pacific Basin Development Council, established in 1980 by the governors of Guam, American Samoa, the CNMI, and Hawaii, is a regional non-profit organization that advances economic and social development in the Pacific Islands. The organization, which is based in Hawaii, is located at the East-West Center.