International Trade Subject of Program

William Lash III, assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, will speak at a special program on Sept. 9 at the Bank of America's William H. Kennedy Auditorium in Little Rock.

The program, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., is sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Business Forum, the Arkansas District Export Council and the Department of Commerce's U.S. Export Assistance Center for Arkansas.

Lash will speak on "International Trade: The Protection of U.S. Investments and Intellectual Property Rights in China."

Lash's job entails making sure foreign governments comply with more than 250 trade agreements and protecting U.S. investments and intellectual property rights.

He chairs the department's Iraq and Afghanistan Reconstruction Task Forces, which provide information and resources to businesses interested in the reconstruction efforts and commerce in these two countries.

He also serves as economic commissioner to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Cost of the program is $20, payable to the Arkansas District Export Council, which can mailed to Mary Hayward c/o the U.S. Department of Commerce, 425 W. Capitol, Suite 700 Little Rock, AR 72201. Fax to (501) 324-7380, or call (501) 324-5794.