Marquart Chosen to Attend WTO Ministerial

October 29, 1999

Marquart Chosen to Attend WTO Ministerial

James Marquart, president and CEO of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America in Providence, RI, has been invited to give his input in discussions about fair trade practices during the World Trade Organization ministerial in Seattle, WA, next month.

Delegates to the ministerial will vote on the Accelerated Trade Liberalization proposal, which, if passed, will establish a 5% global tariff on jewelry and gems and eliminate non-tariff barriers. Protective policies in foreign countries have prohibited many American products from being sold overseas, while foreign companies are more free to sell to the U.S., according to Marquart. Marquart has worked since 1997 to raise industry and government awareness of the negative impact of U.S. trade policies on the jewelry industry.

"For decades, the jewelry seen in retail display cases had been determined by government-imposed tariff and non-tariff barriers, and not by supply and demand," Marquart says. "ATL will make it possible for the best companies to rise to the top."

MJSA encourages jewelry manufacturers to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to show support for ATL. To find e-mail addresses and phone numbers for your senators and U.S. representatives, visit www.visi.com/juan/congress.

- by Stacey King