Blizzard cancels G-7 conference in Baltimore 200 trade officials had been expected

January 09, 1996|By Shirley Leung | Shirley Leung,SUN STAFF

The blizzard yesterday temporarily ruined Baltimore's chance to show off to about 200 economic ministers and other trade officials from the Group of Seven industrialized countries and Europe.

The conference was postponed indefinitely after the storm shut down Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where many ministers were scheduled to arrive. About 100 American executives also had planned to attend.

It was supposed to be the city's first G-7 conference -- the kind that gets tourism officials excited. The event was one in an annual series known as the the Muenster Process, which encourages businesses to work with government agencies. Muenster, Germany, served as the first site in 1992.

"It's our hope to do it in Baltimore," said Jim Desler, a Commerce Department spokesman, when asked about rescheduling the conference in the city. The Commerce Department was sponsoring the conference.

In addition to the G-7 countries, 14 central and eastern European countries were sending representatives.

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