Representatives from Hemisphere Inc., the organization responsible for bringing the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) secretariat to Atlanta, will meet for a second time on July 27-Aug.1 with Central American government officials in New Orleans.

Atlanta officials, who recently came back from meetings in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, will be in New Orleans for the sixth round of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

The marketing arm of Hemisphere Inc., Atlanta, GA: Gateway the Americas and Delta Air Lines Inc. will sponsor a breakfast, luncheon, a reception and several tours of facilities in New Orleans during the CAFTA meeting.

The New Orleans Central America Partnership, an economic development organization, also is to be one of the official sponsors.

The Atlanta delegation will include officials of Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Perishables Center, Delta Air Lines Inc., Georgia Council for International Visitors, Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, ING Investment Management LLC. and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

“Our sponsorship of CAFTA is another opportunity to meet with trade ministers and business leaders in Central America and to position Atlanta as the premier choice for the FTAA secretariat,” said Hans Gant, senior vice president, economic development, at the Atlanta chamber.

President Bush proposed the agreement in January 2002. The region already has 20 trade agreements with North American countries including Canada and Mexico and with South American nations, including Chile.

For more information, call the Metro Atlanta Chamber at (404) 880-9000.