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Foreign dignitaries discuss NAFTA at APSU seminar

October 1, 2002

Doing business with neighbors can be tricky — especially when two of the world's largest nations are right next door.

Government officials from Canada and Mexico will discuss the special challenges of foreign trade with the United States and local consequences during a seminar from 2-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7 in Clement Auditorium at Austin Peay State University.

The program, titled “Free Trade in the Americas,” will focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement and its economic, political and social effects.

Raul Urteaga, an economic counselor with the Embassy of Mexico's NAFTA Office in Washington, D.C., will speak on Mexican programs while the Canadian view will be given by Carl Rockburne, a consul and trade commissioner from the Canadian Consulate in Atlanta.

A panel discussion by members of the Clarksville business community and APSU faculty; including Dr. Matthew Kenney, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Steven Anderson, professor of finance, management and marketing; and Dr. Vicky Langston, associate professor of economics; will follow.

“Free Trade in the Americas” is co-sponsored at Austin Peay by the College of Business, international studies program and Office of Academic Affairs, as well as the Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education — a group of universities from Tennessee and Kentucky dedicated to promoting the study of foreign cultures and languages.

In addition to APSU, the 10-member consortium includes the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Martin, Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, telephone Dr. Karen Sorenson at (931) 221-6246.