California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis has been redesignated as the Governor’s international affairs and trade development representative, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top representative for economic interests abroad.
California is poised to become the fourth largest economy in the world, with $3.37 trillion in annual gross domestic product. The state is also a key gateway for international trade, with more jobs supported by international investment than any other state in the nation. The state exports to over 220 countries and accounts for 10 percent of the nation’s overall exported products.
“With our strong, diverse economy and rich global ties, California’s leadership on climate change, innovation, and commitment to democratic values reaches far beyond our borders,” Kounalakis said. “I am honored to continue representing California on the global stage as we further strengthen our international partnerships, advance our economic interests, equitably serve all Californians, and meet the climate crisis.”
In his position as trade representative, Kounalakis chairs the International Affairs and Trade Development Interagency Committee, which serves as the coordinating body for the administration on the promotion and expansion of trade, investment and international relations.
“As the world’s soon-to-be fourth largest economy, California punches above its weight on the international stage and boasts deep economic, cultural and historical ties to diverse regions around the globe,” Newsom said. “Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis has been a critical partner in advancing the state’s interests abroad and I thank her for her leadership in ensuring that we continue to strengthen our global partnerships to drive economic growth and prosperity in California and beyond.”
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