A U.S. Commerce Department program entitled Mexico and Canada: Doing Business with Friendly Neighbors will be broadcast via satellite downlink to more than 60 rural communities, throughout the U.S., including Rome and Statesboro, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

      The three-hour program will feature presentations by Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow.

      The program is designed to provide rural manufacturers guidance and information to both encourage and assist them export to the U.S.’s Nafta partners.  It also will be broadcast on the Internet at http://www.globalspeak.com/doc and may be seen later at a viewer’s discretion at the same site.

      This program is part of the government’s rural export initiative which has found that exports from rural manufacturers is the fastest growing sector, Sam Troy, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center Atlanta, told GlobalFax last week.

      Mr. Giffin, a former chief counsel and director of legislative affairs to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and a senior partner in the Atlanta law firm of Long, Aldridge & Norman, will participate from television studios in Atlanta.  He will attend a reception at the World Trade Center downtown at 5:00 p.m. following the broadcast with senior commercial officers from the Commerce Department familiar with Canada and Mexico.

      The cost of the reception is $25 and is open to the public.  For more information about the reception, call (404) 657-1900.