Monterey Trade Policy Forum Scheduled
Annual conference will focus on the connection between trade and peace
MONTEREY - 01/04/04 - This upcoming week, members of California's Congressional delegation will be joined by their Sacramento legislative counterparts, as well as trade officials, academics, and prominent international figures, at the Sixth Annual Monterey Congressional Forum on Trade Policy.
Held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, January 8-9, the conference will focus on "the strong relationship between global trade and the prospects for world peace," according to Joe Harrison, president of the California Council for International Trade (CCIT), which, along with the?Washington, DC-based National Foreign Trade Council, organized the event.?
"September's WTO meeting in Cancun was a serious setback and enormous disappointment to all nations and parties hoping for progress toward the Doha goals," he said.
The failure of Cancun "was primarily a failure to make progress on agriculture trade policy reform, but the outcome affects all sectors and all nations, both poor and rich," said Harrison.
"That failure," he said,?"also has severe implications for California and the West and this conference will give senior trade officials the opportunity to analyze the situation in depth, and attempt to develop constructive proposals for American trade policy initiatives."
Attending the Forum will be several members of California's Congressional delegation including Doug Ose, Cal Dooley, Sam Farr, Grace Napolitano, and Joe Baca, as well as US Undersecretary of Commerce for International Affairs Grant Aldonas.
Also attending will be Owen Arthur, Prime Minister of Barbados and several Ambassadors to the US including Michael Thawley of Australia, John Wood of New Zealand, and Aziz Mekour of Morocco.
Panels will cover a wide variety of topics such as foreign investment and human rights; the impact of free trade agreements on developing economies; homeland security and trade expansion; trade potential in the Middle East; and a special panel session on the future of California's global economy in light of Sacramento's de-funding of virtually all of the state government's trade support activities.
Participants include Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council; David Zuercher, executive vice president of Wells Fargo Bank; Dr. Mikkal Herberg of the University of California, San Diego; Peter Watson, president of the Overseas Private Investment Corp.; Colin Robertson, consul general of Canada in Los Angeles; and Leslie Cazas of Nissan North America Inc.
Organizing sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank; the Consulate general of Canada; the Port of Los Angeles; GAP Inc.; Export Assist; McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP; Cange International; Otis McAllister; Levi Strauss & Co.; Mentor International; the Wine Institute; the California Chamber of Commerce; RB International; and Manchester Trade Ltd.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the CCIT at 415-788-4127.
The conference agenda and other conference details, including registration forms, can be obtained on the Worldwide Web at www.ccit.net.
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