Friday, January 11, 2013

Mr. Kandhi A. Elieisar takes oath of office as FSM Consul General in Hawaii

The swear-in ceremony for Mr. Kandhi A. Elieisar, the newly appointed Consul General for the FSM Consulate Office in Hawaii, took place on January 8, 2013 at the President’s Conference Room. Presiding over the ceremony was President Manny Mori with Chief of Staff, Mr. Churchill Edward, and various cabinet and staff members in attendance. Mrs. Matirina Elieisar, the Consul General’s wife, KM Elieisar, son, and other family members were also present.   

In his remarks, President Mori indicated that aside from the Consul General’s regular duties and responsibilities, working closely with FSM citizens in Hawaii to explore and expand FSM’s business opportunities in the State is necessary.  President Mori also assured his new Consul General of his office’s support to the Consulate Office in its work to represent the nation in the State of Hawaii.

In his responding remarks, Mr. Elieisar thanked the President and leadership for their confidence in him as the next Consul General in Hawaii. Mr. Elieisar also stressed the pending issues facing FSM citizens in Hawaii that are vital and in need of attention such as job opportunities, among others. With the new challenging task, Mr. Elieisar assured that he will continue to seek the assistance from the current administration, particularly from the home office and other relevant entities, as he will endeavor to seek opportunities beneficial for the FSM.
The ceremony officially ended the long absence of a full-fledge Consul General for the FSM in Hawaii as Congress opted not to confirm two previous nominees for the post since July, 2011.
Congress confirmed  the nomination of Mr. Elieisar on November 26, 2012.
The new Consul General left Pohnpei for Hawaii on the 9th of January.
Mr. Elieisar is a career foreign service officer, having worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs for over 20 years. During his tenure with the Department, he has served in various capacities which included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Research, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pacific Affairs, Assistant Secretary for the Division of Asia, Pacific, Africa and Multilateral Affairs.

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