The benefits of a Free Trade Agreement between Morocco and the United States will be the topic of a conference to be held in Atlanta on Friday, April 8.

The conference is to be sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the government of Morocco. The Free Trade Agreement was ratified by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Bush last year.

Thomas T. Riley, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco, is to provide a keynote address at a luncheon to be held at the World Trade Center Atlanta. Mr. Riley is co-founder of General Resources Corp., an equipment distribution company that established partnerships with local service companies in Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan.

As an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley in California, he also been involved in the development of companies providing automated building controls, online training and online digital photo services.

The morning and afternoon sessions are to cover the following topics: business climate trends in Europe and the Mediterranean region; overview of the free trade agreements between the U.S., the European Union and Morocco; Morocco trade and investment opportunities and case studies of U.S. companies already active in Morocco.

The cost to attend the conference is $60 including lunch. To attend either the morning or the afternoon session, the cost is $55 also including lunch.

For more information, call Linda Ferri of Advanse International at (703) 243-5991 or send an email to To register, go to