Former U.S. Congressman Don Johnson, D-Ga., the newly appointed Chief Textile Negotiator, will visit the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in Geneva next month to further acquaint himself with textile negotiations affecting the U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada.

      He also told GlobalFax in a telephone interview from his office at the USTR in Washington D.C. that he soon would be visiting Caribbean countries to acquire a better understanding of the Caribbean Basin Initiative and would be studying new trade developments with countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia.

      Mr. Johnson was named Chief Textile Negotiator by U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky on March 7.  In this capacity, he will serve as chief advisor to the USTR and, on all textile and apparel trade matters and all trade agreements covering trade in textiles and apparel.  Trade in textiles and apparel between the U.S. and its trading partners amount to a $71 billion industry a year.

      Since leaving Washington in January 1995, Mr. Johnson served as president of Global Markets Inc., an international trade and investment consulting company.

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