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April 2002

Release Date: April 30, 2002

Doing Business in Latin America to be Covered in Seminar

A one-day seminar Wednesday, May 15, in Austin will examine factors U.S. firms might want to consider when contemplating or doing business in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador.

"Latin American Business and Legal Developments Opportunities and Risks" is sponsored by Haynes and Boone, LLP, and Angelo State University's Department of Management and Marketing in a cooperative effort with Austin area chambers of commerce, the University of Texas at Austin, the Austin U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center, Texas Economic Development and the International Business Institute.

The program will begin at 8 a.m. May 15 with an overview of Latin American markets and trade issues. Topics on Mexican trade will cover recent developments in the energy market as well as legal developments in other fields. Recent developments in the business environment of Latin America will also be covered in sessions on Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina.

The seminar will include a luncheon address by Geoffrey S. Connor, Texas assistant secretary of state. All sessions will be in the Highland Business Center at 59320 Middle Fiskville Road on the Austin Community College Campus.

Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, associate professor of management, said the seminar presents a special opportunity for Texas businesses to learn about Latin American entrepreneurial opportunities from people who work as U.S. representatives in those countries. Further, Tomlin said that the amount of business that Latin America is bringing to Texas is becoming a significant part of the state's economy and providing increasing opportunities for Texas businesses.

Registration costs $80 and includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and handouts. A special $30 registration fee is available to students. Persons interested in participating should call Todd Coppic at 942-2383 for more information. In addition to answering questions or registering individuals for the seminar, Coppic can also help with transportation and lodging for the seminar.

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