Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the French Embassy in Washington, will speak on "1992: A Real Opportunity for America" at the annual Tri-Cities World Trade Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Marriott Inn in Amherst.
In addition, six companies from the region will receive Governor's Export Awards at the dinner and reception.
Fisher-Price of East Aurora and Eastman Kodak Co. of Rochester will receive awards for "excellence in exporting."
Conap Inc. of Olean, Graphic Controls Corp. of Buffalo, Goguen Industries of Liverpool and Redcom Laboratories Inc. of Victor will receive awards for "achievement in exporting."
Fisher-Price sells to more than 100 markets outside of Europe and Canada, and export sales in those markets increased 172 percent in two years.
Conap began promoting exports nine years ago, and its overseas sales of epoxy and polyurethane resin systems now represent about 15 percent of production.
Export sales at Graphic Controls have increased 62 percent since 1986, as the company added new markets for its recording charts and instruments.
The Buffalo World Trade Association is sponsoring the Tri-Cities World Trade Banquet, along with business groups in Rochester and Syracuse and the U.S. Department of Commerce.