Saying that an understanding of international trade is key to the state's economic progress, Gov. William Donald Schaefer joined officials of the World Trade Center Institute yesterday in formally announcing the organization's 1991 program.
"It's so important, if our state and our country is to survive, that we begin to understand what this idea of
globalization means," Mr. Schaefer said at a ceremony held under a vast ceiling mural of Yankee Clipper ships in the restored Custom House.
The institute, a private, Baltimore-based, non-profit organization that started last summer, is designed to give business, government, education and labor leaders in the state the "tools necessary to be globally competitive," said Harold L. Adams, chairman of RTKL Associates and chairman of the institute.
In May, for example, the institute will host a forum to examine the impact of public policy on global competitiveness, Mr. Adams said.
A conference on international education for about 250 college and secondary-school teachers and administrators will be held in June to explore ways to teach skills in international business.
The institute's most ambitious effort, the International Business Leadership Program, is planned for November, Mr. Adams said. About 35 chief executives of local corporations will be chosen to undergo two weeks of mock negotiations, role-playing and case-study analysis of international business issues.
The program will take be held in Baltimore for the first week and at the London School of Economics for the second week, he said.