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Governor's Subcabinet For International Affairs

​​Created in 2001 by Executive Order 01.01.2001.20, as amended by Executive Order 01.01.2005.24, the Subcabinet, chaired by the Secretary of State, encourages open communication and collaboration among Maryland’s state agencies. The Office of the Secretary of State’s International Division facilitates the subcabinet and conducts international protocol for the Executive Department.

 Group shot, names are below

Pictured: (left to right) Deputy Secretary Robert Finn, Guiguang Li, Deputy Director-General of Special Care and Settlement Bureau, Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Secretary George Owings, and Christoper Piscitelli, Director, Cemetery and Memorial Programs.
  • On Monday, November 20th, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs hosted a delegation from China for a tour of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.  The delegation of 19 members represented the Ministry of Civil Affairs at both the central and provincial government levels. The delegation received an overview of the responsibilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as insight into state regulations and policies governing internment of veterans and services and programs available for veterans, the fallen, and their families.
  • Maryland resident Mr. Rafael Flores visited Puerto Rico in October to deliver aid to communities affected by Hurricane Maria. While in Puerto Rico, Mr. Flores visited with Speaker of the House Carlos Johnny Mendez and Fajardo Mayor Anibal Melendez Rivera. 
  • On August 25, Lt. Governor Rutherford met with El Salvador Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez in Annapolis to discuss economic and security-related issues. The Minister's delegation included Her Excellecny Claudia Canjura, Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.S. Maryland offices represented at the meeting included the Governor's Hispanic Commission, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, and the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State.
  • On September 5, Deputy Secretary of State Luis Borunda hosted members of the Latin American diplomatic corps at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Joining Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State at the event were representatives from the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives, and the embassies of Honduras, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Bolivia.  


  • On July 24, Secretary Wobensmith met with Chinese university students visiting the University of Maryland for its Global Leadership Program. The UMD Global Leadership program’s mission is to “build global knowledge by learning how to objectively analyze political, social, and economic components of international policy-making.


  • On July 14, Dr. James Fielder, Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, signed an MOU in Annapolis with the Government of Hungary regarding cooperation on higher education opportunities and information exchange.


    On August 9, the Office of the Secretary of State in conjunction with the Serbian American Business Leadership Council, and the U.S. Commercial Service- Trade Winds hosted a seminar highlighting business opportunities in Serbia for Maryland businesses. Among the speakers were Minister Goran Trivan, from the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ambassador Djerdj Matkovic, Maryland Secretary of Environment Ben Grumbles and Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Mark Belton.

    On July 19, Secretary Wobensmith and Deputy Secretary Borunda met with Governor Juan Schiaretti, Governor of Cordoba, Argentina


    The Province of Cordoba and Maryland have engaged one another in the past in the sector of policing and public safety information exchange.​ Other areas of possible future bilateral programming discussed ​at the meeting included: higher education, technology, tourism, health care, and agriculture.

    World Teacher of the Year:


    Secretary Wobensmith presented a Governor's Citation to the Prince George's County Public Schools World Teacher of the Year recipient, Mrs. Zennie Ann Torres-Acosta.