The Marshall School of Business hosted nearly 500 participants at the 10th Annual Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Conference, March 17, 18 and 19 at the Davidson Conference Center. Here, the opening session gets under way on March 17 with (from left) Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles; Lauri Fitz-Pegado, assistant secretary and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (U.S. Department of Commerce); and Richard Drobnick, vice provost, International Affairs, and director of USC’s Center for International Business Education and Research. The conference focused on Pacific Rim economic trends and forecasts and the Hong Kong transition. A series of workshops addressed pertinent issues such as “Energy and Power Production” and “Women in Exporting to Asia.” The conference has earned recognition as the nation’s premier trade event for Ameican executives interested in boosting export sales to Asia. In a memo of support from the White House, President Bill Clinton said: “The government and industry leaders partcipating in this important conference can offer invaluable information and perspective on trade and commerce in that vital region.”
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