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February 05, 2003

Symposium explores region's connection
to world economy

Photo: Lon HatamiyaMatching California State University, Sacramento's unique position as California's Capital University with an interdisciplinary approach to worldwide economic issues, the University will host the Global Business Education Symposium all day on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the University Union.

"We're looking at this as a cooperative effort to bring important elements together on our campus," said Mike Lee, chair of the management department and one of the organizers of the day-long symposium, which is cosponsored by the office of Global Education.

With the theme of "Government in the Global Economy," the event will feature Lon Hatamiya, secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, as its keynote speaker, along with a provocative panel discussion by regional trade officials and government representatives on "California's Economy in the Global Market Place: Is Government Doing the Right Things?" The symposium also offers seven professor-led afternoon workshops and targets educators, students, businesspeople and policymakers-anyone with an interest in the Sacramento region's connection to the global economy.

"We are the Capital University, we have access to the state government and the agencies important in promoting international trade," Lee said. "This event will bring us closer to those players and will allow the University to showcase its expertise as well as bring those state resources onto campus."

The panel on government's role in global trade will be moderated by Lee and includes Barbara Hayes, executive director of Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO); Brooks D. Ohlson, executive director, Northern California World Trade Center; and Keith Bovetti and Patricia Garamendi, assistant secretaries in the international trade and investment division, California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.

The featured workshops include:

  • "Digital Divide in Our Own Backyard: The Role of the State Government" led by human resources management professor Laura Riolli and management information science professor Leonardo Legorreta.
  • "Focusing on Southeast Asia as Part of a Global Business Education Initiative" led by economics professor emeritus Robert Curry.
  • "Cluster and Competitiveness: Assessing the Greater Sacramento Area from a Global Perspective" led by strategic management professors Stanley Han and Seung Bai Bach.
  • "Are Japanese Consumers 'Allergic' to U.S. Rice?" led by international business professor Ken Chinen.
  • "The Role of Synchronous (Streaming Video) Education/Training/Communication in Developing and Maintaining California's International Commerce" led by accountancy professor Kent Meyer.
  • "Russian Financial System and Trade" led by finance professor Peter Sharp and government professor Buzz Fozouni.
  • "Trade and the Legislature: Prospects and Possibilities for the 2003-04 Legislative Session" led by Tim Hodson, professor and director of the Center for California Studies.
The Global Business Education Symposium is free and open to the public. Full information about it, including a schedule of events, descriptions of each workshop and registration, is available online at www.csus.edu/mgmt/gbes. Registration is required-and early registration is encouraged-but attendees may register the day of the event. For more information and registration, contact Ken Chinen, professor of international business, at (916) 278-6882 or at chinenk@csus.edu. Media assistance is available by calling the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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