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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2003
  Contact: Victoria Park
(202) 482-0310

U.S. Department of Commerce Names Standards Liaison

Commerce Under Secretary Grant Aldonas announced that Ms. Heidi Hijikata has been appointed as Standards Liaison for the International Trade Administration (ITA).

Secretary Don Evans announced the creation of this position earlier this year as one of the elements of the Department's Standards Initiative. The ITA Standards Liaison will serve as focal point for standards within ITA and ensure that industry's priorities on standards are promoted through the Commerce Department's international policies and programs. Ms Hijikata will work closely with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and other U.S. government agencies to address these priorities in U.S. trade agreements. She will also work with NIST's Standards Services Division to strengthen coordination on technical and policy issues affecting industry and its international competitiveness.

Ms. Hijikata previously worked for EDS Corporation serving as Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Government Affairs for the Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong and as Director, Asia Pacific Policy and Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hijikata also spent twelve years with the Department of Commerce and was Director of ITA's Software Division.

A native of Minnesota, Ms. Hijikata received her Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As part of EDS Corporation's Executive Development Program, she completed the Babson College School of Executive Education's Consortium for Executive Development. She was an honors graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

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