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CEOs FROM 60 COUNTRIES URGE GOVERNMENTS TO MOVE ON GATT; U.S. CONGRESS TO RATIFY NAFTA

 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the International Industrial Conference:
 In an unprecedented move, the attendees gathered at the prestigious quadrennial International Industrial Conference (IIC) voted to urge the 116 governments that are members of the GATT (General Agreement on Tariff and Trade) to bring its Uruguay Round to a successful conclusion before the Dec. 15 deadline. At the same time, the group, consisting of CEOs from the world's leading corporations, specifically urged the United States Congress to ratify NAFTA with all deliberate speed.
 The International Industrial Conference, which has been held in San Francisco every four years since 1957, allows CEOs, government leaders and others interested in developing the world's economy to meet and discuss ideas and trends. It has never before taken a public stance on an issue. James J. Tietjen and Preston Townley, respective leaders of SRI International and The Conference Board, which co-host the IIC, said that the attendees of this year's conference felt so strongly about the positive impact which the conclusion of the GATT Uruguay Round and the passage of NAFTA would have on world trade, that an unprecedented voice vote was taken in a plenary session to make the following public declaration:
 "The chief executives from 60 countries gathered here for the 10th quadrennial International Industrial Conference, recognizing the importance of free trade in furthering the well-being and advancing the long-term interests of their people, and all the world's people,
 -- Urge the 116 governments of the GATT to bring its Uruguay Round to a successful conclusion before the Dec. 15 deadline,
 -- And specifically urge the United States Congress to ratify NAFTA with all deliberate speed.
 Approved by a voice vote in Plenary Session in the City of San Francisco, 22 September, 1993."
 About the Conference Board
 The Conference Board is one of the world's leading business membership organizations, connecting companies in more than 50 nations. Founded in 1916, the board's twofold mission is to improve the business enterprise system and to enhance the contribution of business to society.
 Through a wide range of reports and periodicals, The Conference Board analyzes and reports on business practices and policies and evaluates worldwide economic trends.
 The board also conducts conferences, seminars and briefings and provides councils enabling over 1,600 senior executives to exchange information and share ideas directly with their peers.
 A not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization, The Conference Board's membership includes over 2,000 companies and other organizations worldwide.
 About SRI International
 SRI International provides research, development, and consulting services to business and governments worldwide. A staff of over 2,200 experienced scientists, engineers, and business consultants work on both specific client assignments and on broader leading-edge investigations. Three major SRI groups (Science and Technology, Engineering, Business and Policy) plus experts from the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N.J., contribute to the building of interdisciplinary teams that effectively address a wide variety of client needs.
 SRI International was formed in 1946. World headquarters are in Menlo Park, Calif., near San Francisco. Offices are located throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.
 About the International Industrial Conference (IIC)
 Held every four years, on an "invitation only" basis, the IIC is attended by over 500 chief executive officers of leading corporations from around the world. Each IIC focuses on identifying and discussing major changes in the way in which the world economy operates. This year's theme, "Operating in a Regional World" reflects the growing impact of regional markets and alliances on world trade.
 Unique in its structure, the conference is famous for its numerous small group sessions where business leader can freely discuss issues and learn from each other.
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 /CONTACT: Randall Poe of The Conference Board, 212-339-0234; or Heather Page of SRI International, 415-859-2711/


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