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IIA URGES SUPPORT FOR NAFTA

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Information Industry Association (IIA) urges Congress to support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in a letter sent today to all 535 members of Congress.
 IIA represents over 500 leading companies involved in the creation, distribution and use of information in print and electronic formats. One of the key ingredients for the future success of the industry is reaching global markets and the implementation of NAFTA will contribute significantly to this goal.
 "IIA member companies are particularly enthusiastic about the strong intellectual property protections provided by NAFTA for computer software, databases and multimedia works," said Kenneth B. Allen, president of IIA. "Intellectual property is the lifeblood of the information industry and of many of the strongest and most export- oriented sectors of the U.S. economy. Its importance is sure to increase as nations move to electronic means of commerce."
 NAFTA will expand the access of U.S. information companies to the growing Mexican market, and open the doors to even bigger markets throughout Latin America.
 In addition, by eliminating tariffs, removing burdensome licensing requirements, opening financial services and stimulating Mexican economic growth, NAFTA will further open the market for U.S. exports to Mexico. IIA strongly believes that NAFTA is in the long-term best interests of the U.S. information industry and of the U.S. economy as a whole.
 For more information about IIA and its perspectives on key public policy issues (including telecommunications policy, copyright, and access to government information), please contact Emily Pilk at 202-626-1149 or 202-639-8262.
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 /CONTACT: Emily Pilk of the Information Industry Association, 202-639-8262/


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