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Global Business Forum

Free Trade in the Americas


October 6, 2005
Time/Location Event
5:00-6:00pm
Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, 101 S University Parks Drive

Conference Registration and Reception

  • Sponsored by North Texas District Export Council
7:00-9:00pm
Barfield Drawing Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Opening Banquet

  • Keynote Speaker - Supachai Panitchpakdi (Secretary General of UNCTAD and immediate past Director General of World Trade Organization)

October 7, 2005
Time/Location Event
7:00-8:00am
Barfield Drawing Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Breakfast

  • Speaker - Richard Fisher (President of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and former Deputy United States Trade Representative)
8:30-10:00am
Blume Conference Room

New Trade Strategies in the Americas

  • Abelardo L. Valdez (Ambassado, Trade Lawyer and former Executive, USAID)
  • Michael Hart (Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Ottawa)
  • Sherry Stephenson (Organization of American States)
  • Herminio Blanco (President and CEO of Soluciones Estrategicas and Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Mexico)
10:00-10:15am
Blume Conference Room

Break and Refreshments

10:15-11:45am
Blume Conference Room

Regional and Sub-Regional Agreements

  • NAFTA - Victor Lopez Villafane (ITESM, Mexico)
  • CACM - Alberto Trejos (INCAE, former Minister of Trade, Costa Rica)
  • Mercosur - Felipe Frydman (Central Bank of Argentina)
  • Other - Sebastian Saez (ECLAC, Chile)
12:00am-1:25pm
Banquet Room

Luncheon

  • Keynote Speaker - John Curtis (International Trade Canada)
1:25-1:45pm
Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center

Press Conference

1:45-3:15pm
Blume Conference Room

Results of North American and Hemispheric Trade Negotiations

  • Jeffrey Schott (Institute for International Economics)
  • Jorge Chami Batista (University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • Wendy Dobson (University of Toronto)
  • Robert Devlin (Inter-American Development Bank)
3:15-3:30pm
Blume Conference Room

Break and Refreshments

3:30-5:00pm
Blume Conference Room

Interaction of Regional and Global Trade Agreements

  • Sylvia Ostry (Center for International Studies, University of Toronto)
  • Gary Hufbauer (Institute of International Economics)
  • Mario A. Marconini (Brazilian Center for International Relations)
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi (Secretary General of UNCTAD and immediate past Director General of World Trade Organization)

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