‘Free Trade Area’ Subject of Miami Town Hall Meeting

MIAMI, Fla. – Progress on a major effort begun here in 1994 at the Summit of the Americas, establishment of a single free trade area of the Americas, will be discussed at a local town hall meeting scheduled November 4, and sponsored by the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

To be held at the Sheraton Biscayne Bay Hotel, the meeting to discuss the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Hosts include Akerman Senterfitt law firm and one of its partners, Oscar Sanchez, new president of the UF College of Law Alumni Council.

Key speakers include Thea M. Lee, assistant director for international economics of the Public Policy Department of the AFL-CIO, and Ambassador Luis Lauredo, executive director of FTAA Miami Ministerial and Americas Business Forum and an officer of Hunton & Williams International LLC. Lauredo also was executive director of the ‘94 summit, and is a member of President Bush’s Advisory Board on Trade.

Additional participants are Robert E. Coker, senior vice president for public affairs of U.S. Sugar Corporation, and Stephen J. Powell, director of the international trade program for the UF law school and former chief counsel for import administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Levin College of Law Dean Robert H. Jerry II will open the session, to be moderated by Florida Lawyer editor David Lyons.

The effort to unite the economies of the Americas, consisting of 34 democracies, was agreed to here in 1994, with negotiations toward the agreement to be completed by 2005. Subsequent meetings on the agreement by a variety of officials have been held annually starting in 1995, and final phase of FTAA negotiations – guided by co-chairmanship of Brazil and the United States – will be this November in Miami and in 2004 in Brazil.

Additional information on the Nov. 4th town hall meeting: JoAnn Klein, Development Director ( 352.392.2237 or eMail: klein@law.ufl.edu)
Center for Governmental Responsibility, UF Levin College of Law

Published: October 9th, 2003

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