Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is in Pohnpei for the inauguration of newly elected Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo.
Traveling with the governor is Carlotta Leon Guerrero, the governor’s chief advisor on military and regional affairs.
The inauguration is being attended by high-ranking federal and regional officials including U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie and Department of the Interior assistant secretary for insular affairs Doug Domenech.
Also attending are new Joint Region Marianas Rear Admiral John Menoni and Sen. James Moylan who said he is paying for his own travel.
Aside from representing Guam in the inauguration, the governor is also looking forward to interacting with all the high-powered federal and regional officials in attendance.
The governor previously told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57 that these off-island trips are great opportunities to network and discuss Guam issues with the federal and regional officials.
For instance, during her recent trip to Chuuk for the Micronesian Island Forum, the governor said she held “side meetings” with Chuukese leaders and talked about Guam-specific issues.
According to the governor, the Chuukese leaders were very concerned about what’s happening on Guam and they agreed to visit Guam to tackle the issues head-on.
During the Micronesian Island Forum, the governor also pitched Guam’s efforts to develop a cruise ship industry and how this would be a perfect fit to promote regional tourism in general.
The governor also said that Guam stands out during these regional meetings because Guam is the only one that still doesn’t have self-determination and the meetings are a good opportunity to bring this to the attention of the attending federal officials.