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IMMINENT SIGNING OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA ADDS NEW DIMENSION TO NEW FIELDS FREE TRADE FORUM

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WASHINGTON, DC -- May 5, 2004 -- Monday’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the United States will sign a free trade agreement with Australia on May 18 is bringing new interest in a September business forum on free trade hosted by New Fields Exhibitions. The company plans an in-depth examination of business opportunities between the U.S. and Australia at Free Trade Agreements: Issues and Opportunities, scheduled for September 15-16 in Washington, DC.

Australia is the 13th largest export market for the United States and buys more goods from the U.S. than any other country. According to the USTR, Washington, California, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida are the leading exporters to Australia. A variety of American manufacturing industries view Australia as a key export market, including the aircraft, automobile, computer, electronics, chemical, and paper industries.

Currently, bilateral free trade agreements exist between the U.S. and Chile, Israel, Jordan, and Singapore, with an agreement with Morocco expected to be ratified this year. Free Trade Agreements: Issues and Opportunities will address these agreements, as well as prospects for the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the Middle East Trade Initiative.

New Fields has a ten year track record of successful conferences and trade shows concerning emerging markets and is the organizer of the successful Rebuilding Iraq series.

To register for Free Trade Agreements: Issues and Opportunities, call their Washington office at 202-496-4976 or visit http://www.new-fields.com

New Fields Exhibitions, Inc. 1050 Seventeenth Street, NW Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Phone (202) 496-4976 Fax (202) 331-0313

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