The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has appointed Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui to serve on a national policy committee. NLGA is the professional association providing research and issue exchange opportunities to the officeholders first in line of succession to governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
Lt. Governor Tsutsui is serving as a member of the International Committee, which provides direction on opportunities for global engagement by the states' seconds-in-command.
"This role recognizes Lt. Governor Tsutsui as a point of contact and recognized expert for NLGA and to his peers," said NLGA Director Julia Hurst.
"It is an honor being appointed to an important committee, such as the International Committee for the NLGA. Because Hawaii serves as a gateway between Asia and the Pacific, being appointed to this committee is a natural fit," said Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui.
Earlier this year, Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui led a trade mission to the Philippines with Philippine Consul General of Honolulu Julius Torres. It was a successful trip that strengthened ties and encouraged business relations between Hawaii and the Philippines.
"I'll be able to share my knowledge on how Hawaii continues to work on attracting the various visitor markets and business industries to fuel our economy," added Tsutsui.
"The economic challenges facing all states and the nation are shared globally," said Hurst. "The opportunity to increase international contacts and find possible markets for the states' businesses is a benefit to Hawaii and all states."
In addition to its specific duties, the committee will address issues of mutual concerns to all members.