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Two Canadian Provinces, New Brunswick and Manitoba, Talk NAFTA Trade in Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

HOUSTON, SAN ANTONIO San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837.  and AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Premiers (Governors in U.S. Terms) of the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick New Brunswick, province, Canada
New Brunswick, province (2001 pop. 729,498), 28,345 sq mi (73,433 sq km), including 519 sq mi (1,345 sq km) of water surface, E Canada.
 and Manitoba arrive in Texas today for a three-city round of speeches and meetings, including a meeting with Gov. Rick Perry James Richard Perry (b. March 4, 1950) is a Republican politician and the Governor of Texas. He assumed office in December 2000 when then-Governor George W. Bush resigned to prepare for his inauguration as President of the United States. Gov.  Thursday in Austin.

Premier Bernard Lord of New Brunswick and Premier Gary Doer of Manitoba will speak Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12:00 noon to the Greater Houston Partnership on strengthening energy and trade ties between their provinces and Houston.

On Friday, Jan. 28 the two premiers will hold a press conference with San Antonio Mayor Ed Garza at 9:00 a.m. and speak to the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance at 12:00 noon.

Strengthening trade and investment opportunities with Texas is the goal of a mission to be jointly led by Manitoba Premier Gary Doer and New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord from January 24-28.

The two premiers made a commitment to improve co-operation between their jurisdictions and improve Canada-U.S. relations in a 2002 memorandum of understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment.  and undertook a joint trade mission to Chicago and Atlanta last year. Business delegates and partners in the mission will visit Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

"This is our government's first official visit to Texas, and we're excited about sharing our plans for New Brunswick's prosperity and growth," Lord said. "By attending this mission with Premier Doer and his delegates, we're also spreading the message that Canada is a natural investment and trading choice."

"Our trading relationship with the United States and Texas is crucial to Manitoba's economy. In 2003, Manitoba's two way trade with the U.S. totaled CDN (Content Delivery Network) A system of distributed content on a large intranet or the public Internet in which copies of content are replicated and cached throughout the network. $15.2 billion. Trade with Texas was worth CDN$691.4 million," said Doer. "Our province's bio-medical, manufacturing, high-tech and transportation companies will join the mission to expand their trading opportunities and help promote the Manitoba advantage."

While in Texas, New Brunswick will take the opportunity to raise the province's profile and exposure in a key U.S. marketplace with significant trade opportunities for the province's businesses and to attract direct foreign investment in the province. The main objective of the visit is to build strategic alliances between the province and the various business communities in Texas. The mission will also enable the government to showcase Service New Brunswick Service New Brunswick (in French, Service Nouveau-Brunswick), commonly referred to as SNB, is a crown corporation in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. , a world leader in the e-government arena, and reap real benefits from its made-in-New Brunswick solutions like it did in Atlanta, Georgia last year, where it witnessed the signing of a letter of intent between CGI-AMS and the Georgia Municipal Association.

In Houston, Manitoba's mission will focus on investment promotion, and the two Premiers will attend a roundtable session with Texas business leaders and make a joint speech to the Greater Houston Partnership. In Austin, Doer will promote the mid-continent corridor and Manitoba's electric power system technology industry. The mission will conclude in San Antonio where Manitoba's aerospace industry presence in Texas and manufacturing opportunities will be promoted, and both Premiers will address the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance.

"Last year, Premier Doer and I led a joint trade mission to Chicago and Atlanta, which proved to be very successful," said Lord. "We believe this formula will also serve us well in Texas, where New Brunswick companies will benefit from Manitoba's knowledge and experience in that particular market. This mission will open many new doors for the companies that will join us, and I look forward to meeting officials from Texas and from northern Mexico."

"While our provinces differ in location and strengths, Premier Lord and I have successfully agreed to co-operate, not compete to benefit both our jurisdictions," Doer said. "Manitoba is aligned at the northern hub of the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor and New Brunswick is an east coast portal to Canada, so both provinces have excellent opportunities for trade expansion."

Both premiers will meet with the Governor Rick Perry to discuss trade, cooperation and opportunities for governments to work together within the NAFTA NAFTA
 in full North American Free Trade Agreement

Trade pact signed by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in 1992, which took effect in 1994. Inspired by the success of the European Community in reducing trade barriers among its members, NAFTA created the world's
 framework. The visit to Texas was planned to coincide with the Governor's State of the State address The State of the State Address (alternatively Condition of the State Address) is a speech customarily given once each year by the governors of most states of the United States.  which the Premiers will attend as his invited guests.

CONTACT: Riva Harrison, Manitoba Communications, 204-792-6707; or Suzanne Turmel, New Brunswick Communications, 506-461-7402; or Henry Wells of Canadian Consulate General - Dallas, +1-214-837-7207
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