Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Governor's Office: Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton will serve as Head of Mission on a National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) overseas mission to China on Saturday, October 4 through the 12.
The mission is a part of NLGA Chair Lawton's focus on bringing jobs and economic development to the United States and building important relationships with overseas officials.
During the eight-day trip, Lt. Governor Lawton will travel to Beijing, Chengdu, Mianyang, and Shanghai.
"As the Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, my leadership brings focus to building our export economies, bringing jobs and economic development to our states by deepening cultural understanding between countries, improving relations and expanding overseas trade," said Lt. Governor Lawton. "China is a rising economic and diplomatic power, of great strategic importance to the United States and to Wisconsin. The states will have a critical role to play as the U.S. China Strategic Economic Dialogue plays out with specific local implementation over the next ten years."
The NLGA mission is the first of its kind and will include meetings with high-ranking officials and a visit to earthquake affected cities.
The lieutenant governors of Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Nevada, and Wisconsin will participate in the mission.
The agenda includes three days in Beijing, one day in Chengdu, one day in Mianyang, and two days in Shanghai.
The lieutenant governors will meet with Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang, Vice Minister of Commerce Ms. Ma Xiuhong, officials of the Pudong Economic Development Zone, the mayors of two earthquake stricken cities, and other officials.
This mission includes a visit to Tsinghua University and an exchange on conservation of endangered species and natural habitats in relation to the Chinese Panda Research Center.
"This mission affords our nation a strengthened diplomatic network of high-level relationships that will benefit all our states in their business and cultural exchanges," said Lt. Governor Lawton. "I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunity of these face-to-face meetings with the country's top decision-makers to give them a clear vision of Wisconsin's competitive business climate, top-notch workforce and environmental expertise."
The mission is the first time the People's Republic of China has initiated and fully funded a multi-state delegation of this kind.
Charles A. Lawton and Chief of Staff, Ben Nuckels, will travel with Lt. Governor Lawton on the mission.
Travel, lodging and meals for the delegation will be paid for by the People's Friendship Organization and the People's Republic of China though the work of the NLGA.