2003-2004 Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series Continues Nov. 10

The Texas A&M International University 2003-2004 Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series will continue with a discussion of Mexico as a competitive location to conduct business.

Offered by the College of Business' Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade (CSWHT), the lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 10 in the Western Hemispheric Trade Building, room 111. The event is free and open to the public.

Raúl Urteaga-Trani, economic counselor for the Embassy of Mexico's NAFTA office, will discuss "Mexico: A Competitive Location." His responsibilities include promotion of NAFTA in the U.S. and the development of U.S.-Mexico business expansion and investments.

Virginia Vincent, associate director of the CSWHT, said that attendees will learn about the advantages of doing business in Mexico.

"Urteaga-Trani works closely with U.S. and Mexican companies, trade associations and industry groups," explained Vincent, "He was one of the Mexican delegates in the NAFTA negotiating process covering several provisions of the agreement including Technical Standards, Environment, and Investment clauses and was also involved in the process that created the North American Development Bank and the U.S. - Mexico Border Environment Cooperation Commission"

Vincent said the CSWHT plans on having a keynote speaker once a month from September 2003 through April 2004. All events will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116, unless otherwise noted.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

Dec. 3 - "Development of Maritime Transportation in the Western Hemisphere" Leigh B. Boske, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, WHTC, room 104.

Jan. 26, 2004 - "NAFTA: Progress & Prospects for Agriculture" C. Parr Rosson, III, Center for North American Studies, Texas A&M University.

Feb. 10 - "The Convergence of Politics and Economics: The Future of Mexican Competitiveness" David W. Eaton, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

March 10 - "US-Mexico Migration" Phillip Martin, UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, University of California, Davis.

April 1 - "The Impact of Demographic Change on the Texas Border" Steve Murdock, Department of Rural Sociology, Texas A&M University.

April 19 - "Economic Integration of the Americas" Chandler Stolp, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.

Vincent explained the Series was created to meet the needs of the community.

"The Series is now in its third year and has evolved from an occasional series to a monthly lecture series aimed at shedding light through expert lectures on the many aspects of trade in our hemisphere. The Series presents practical and targeted lectures imparted by distinguished leaders, recognized experts and outstanding scholars in the trade and international business arenas," she said.

For more information about any of the lectures in the Series, please contact Vincent at 326.2820, visit offices in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 206, or e-mail cswht@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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