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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs


CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 14)--The U.S. Department of Commerce will present a live video conference titled, Brazil - Gateway to South American Mega- markets, at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday April 21, in Bond Hall Auditorium on The Citadel's campus. The Citadel is one of several viewing sites from across country to broadcast the video conference.

     The conference is designed to provide U.S. firms and interested individuals with the latest market information on the "Southern Cone" markets of South America. In addition to an overview of the current business climate and opportunities in South America, there will be a special focus on the information technology and telecommunications markets of these countries.

     U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary Jeffrey Garten will provide opening remarks. Several governmental officials and business executives will participate in the video conference, including Brazil's under secretary of science and technology and the U.S. Department of Commerce's senior commercial officers from Brazil and Chile.

     One important aspect of this conference is that viewers at various down-link sites nationwide will have the opportunity to call in questions live via an 800 number. The variety of questions coming from a national audience should make for a lively interchange and a great benefit to all participants.

     The video conference is open to the public and the registration fee is $10 per person. To register, please contact Peter Lehman at the South Carolina World Trade Center in Charleston at 577-2510, ext. 3029.

     The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce; S.C. ETV; the Center for International and Regional Development at The Citadel; School of Business and Economics at the College of Charleston; and the South Carolina World Trade Center in Charleston.


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