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US AND CANADIAN TRADE OFFICIALS TO SPEAK ON NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AT 19TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MAY 13 & 14 IN STOWE, VT.

 BOSTON, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas R. Nides, special counselor, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and John C. Crosbie, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will address the 19th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers on the topic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 The two officials, part of a panel which also includes Bank of Boston Senior Vice-President, Ira Jackson, will speak to the governors and premiers on Friday morning, May 14th, the second and concluding day of the Conference which will be held at the Topnotch resort in Stowe, Vt.
 Governor Howard Dean, M.D., who is chairman of the New England Governors' Conference, Inc., noted that "A primary focus of the Conference will be on improving International Trade and the impact of NAFTA on the region. Nides and Minister Crosbie will provide the governors and premiers with a first-hand picture of the on-going negotiations which will have such a dramatic impact on our states and provinces, while Ira Jackson can provide us with a private sector view of our prospects for improved foreign trade under NAFTA."
 Among the other featured speakers during the two-day conference, are: Shel Thompson, senior vice-president of SUN Oil Company, Peter Meade, president of the New England Council, and Jim Mahoney, an official of the New England Electric System. Other topics for discussion with the governors and premiers will be: International Tourism, Oceans and Sustainable Development, and Energy.
 The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, composed of the Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and the Premiers of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec, was established in 1973 to provide the governors and premiers, as well as senior government officials from the six states and five provinces, with an opportunity to become better acquainted and to share information on a wide range of issues.
 Approximately 250 people including the New England governors, the Eastern Canadian premiers, state, provincial and federal officials, and other guests are expected to attend this year's conference. The last time that this event was held in Vermont was in 1980 at Basin Harbour in Vergennes.
 Press conferences will be held at the conclusion of the business sessions each day.
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 Note: Media representatives who wish to cover the conference must register in advance in order to obtain press credentials required for access to the business meetings. A meeting agenda and media registration forms may be obtained by calling Bill Gallagher, 617-423-6900; fax, 617-423-7327.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Gallagher of New England Governors Conference, 617-423-6900/


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