EWC President Vuylsteke Appointed to Hawaii Pacific Export Council

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EWC President Richard R. Vuylsteke is presented with his certificate of appointment to the Hawaii Pacific Export Council by John Holman, Director-Pacific, US Commercial Service and Brenda Foster, HPEC Chair and former EWC boardmember.

HONOLULU (Feb. 6, 2018) -- East-West Center President Richard R. Vuylsteke has been appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce as a member of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC), a nonprofit organization of local leaders and experienced international business professionals who provide assistance to local companies expanding in international markets. The Council works with the US Commercial Service and Hawaii Export Assistance Center to mentor local businesses, identify export financing sources, help create export awareness in the community, and other trade and export assistance activities.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve on the HPEC Board,” said Vuylsteke, who was previously CEO of American Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong and Taipei. “I am committed to involving local and international businesses in various East-West Center activities, and this appointment gives the Center an especially important link to Hawai‘i’s business community.”

There are 56 export councils in the US with over 1,800 volunteers representing businesses, universities, and government. Members are appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce based on their knowledge and professional experience with trade. The activities of individual Councils are tailored to address community needs. These include establishing speakers’ bureaus and speaker kits, conducting export seminars and workshops, organizing export promotion programs, and sponsoring trade missions or hosting international buyers’ delegations.