New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Trade show set in
Herald-Z#/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, January 20, 1991
SAN ANTONIO — Cuatro Cami-nos, an International Economic Conference and Trade Show, has been set for Fdb. 25-27 in Monterrey, Mexico. It will offer Texan and Mexican business people a wide array of seminars and workshops on mutual trade opportunities.
A strong focus of the conference will be cm how businesses can prepare to take advantage of the proposed U.S./Mexico Free Trade Agreement. Participants also will have a chance to meet with potential trading partners across the border.
Co-sponsored by the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and the Monterrey-based Consejo Nacional de Comerico Exterior (CONACEX), Cuatro Caminos is the second conference of its kind for the South Central Texas-Northeastern Mexico region. The Corridor Council co-sponsored the Camino Real conference in Austin in 1989 and presented a two-nation Vacation Interna
tional Tourism conference in San Antonio in 1990. Cuatro Caminos is the first to offer a trade show, business matchmaking opportunities and an emphasis on specific business issues.
“In light of the exciting progress being made between the United States and Mexico on a free trade agreement, the timing is perfect,** said Lila Cockrell, mayor of San Antonio and 1990 president of the Corridor Council. “Our challenge is to find ways this economic region can work together.”
The conference will offer panel discussions and workshops (Mi topics like technology transfer and development, investment and joint ventures, infrastructure development, free trade zones, environmental compliance, international trade, maquiladoras and joint promotions.
“A unique aspect of Cuatro Cami-nbs will be the business-to-business matchmaking, which will facilitate one-on-one meetings between executives from both sides of the border,”
said Austin’s Mayor Lee Cooke, 1991 president of the council. “The high-tech industry in the corridor should be especially excited by the new opportunities opening up in Mexico.**
The Corridor Council, chambers of commerce and trade associations in the region are surveying 1,500 Texas businesses to determine which are interested in exporting or importing goods or services. CONACEX is conducting a similar study in northern Mexico.
Greg Davenport, executive vice president of the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, noted that this international trade database can later be used to arrange appointments with companies in Mexico that wish to become customers, suppliers, distributors or jot rn-venture partners.
“We are targeting all of South Central Texas,” Davenport said. “Business people from Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass,
New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lockhart, Uvalde, Cotulla and Carrizo Springs will participate in the conference, along with those from Austin and San Antonio.”
Anyone interested in participating in Cuatro Caminos, as a participant or trade show exhibitor, should contact Davenport at the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council in San Marcos by calling 512/245-2535.
The Corridor Council is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the development of international assets of the region, supported by members in the private and public sectors as well as academic and research institutions.
CONACEX, a Monterrey-based industrial group, is coordinating the Cuatro Camino conference from the Mexican side. Also participating are several Mexican business and government groups from the northeastern Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.Besserung honoree to be named Friday
Paying tribute to 20 years of accomplishment as it kicks off its new year at a banquet Friday is the Greater New Braunfels Chamber (rf Commerce.
The annual meeting and banquet, set for 7 pm. at the Civic Center, will feature a slide 9how highlighting the chamber’s tenure. Music by Paul McLaughlin, narrative by Herb Skoog and comments from chamber leaders should round out the entertaining and informative program. A buffet dinner will be served.
The gavel wielded by the chairman of the board will change hands and a variety of awards will be presented. Of special interest will be the announcement of this year's Besserung Award recipient, kept secret until the ceremony. The coveted Besserung, for “community betterment,” is the highest citizen’s honor bestowed by the New Braunfels Chamber and is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the improvement of the community.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased from any Blue Coat or chamber board director, or at the Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin.
Trustee holds out little hope for Eastern
MIAMI (AP) — Eastern Airlines trustee Martin Shugrue said Saturday "the final chapter may not yet have been written** for the 62-year-old grounded carrier, but he offered little hope.
"I don’t term anything permanent,'* Shugrue told reporters and employees gathered at company headquarters. "There continue to be serious expressions of interest by financially qualified*’ investors or buyers of Eastern assets.
Eastern, which stopped service at midnight Friday, remains in Chapter ll bankruptcy reorganization, and Shugrue said efforts to reorganize were continuing with no deadline for liquidation.
But in what often sounded like a eulogy, Shugrue said, "I don’t want
to hold out false hope."
Eastern owes more than $3 billion, including $2 billion to unsecured creditors, and even the nation's strongest carriers are reporting losses during an industrywide recession.
A crippling strike that began March 4, 1989, hurt Eastern, Shugrue said, bitt he said "events beyond our control*' such as the Persian Gulf crisis, soaring fuel costs and continued, damaging speculation about Eastern’s future ruined chances for a turnaround.
"The combination of events we faced here was simply overwhelming," he said. "We simply ran out of time."
Shugrue had urged unsuccessfully that President Bush intervene to help airlines after fuel costs tripled in the
aftermath of Iraq’s Kuwait invasion. He noted crude prices dropped sharply last week and that such a drop a few weeks ago could have kept Eastern flying.
"We are a nation at war," Shugrue said, adding that Eastern, with nearly 160 aircraft, would be talking to Defense Department officials about their need for commercial aircraft to help with cargo needs in Operation Desert Storm.
The airline's immediate concerns are determining how many of the 18,000 employees are needed to carry out the shutdown, ranging from ferrying empty planes to Eastern bases to dealing with ticketholders’ questions.
Shugrue said all major carriers were honoring Eastern tickets at least partly, and he singled out AmericanBooks
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