TRADE BRIEFS

TRADE BRIEFS

CANADA SIGNS PACT

ON AUTO EMISSIONSCanada's federal government signed an agreement with representatives of the auto industry setting new standards for exhaust emissions that will be the most rigorous in the world, the transport ministry said.

"They will be applied in parallel with similar requirements under the new United States Clean Air Act," Jean Corbeil, transport minister, said.

The industry will start phasing in controls for the 1994 and 1995 model years, with full compliance in the 1996 model year when emissions of nitrogen oxide from new vehicles will be cut by 60 percent and hydrocarbons 29 percent.

BOLIVIA TO OFFER COCA

AT SEVILLE WORLD FAIR

SEVILLE, Spain - Bolivia said it would give visitors to its pavilion at the Expo 92 world fair a taste of the plant from which cocaine is made.

Juan Carlos Calderon, who designed the Bolivian pavilion for the fair, which opens April 20 in Seville, said last week it would offer coca tea and coca leaves for visitors to chew "to show the good side of this plant."

Bolivia is the world's second largest producer of coca leaves, the raw material for cocaine.

KENYA LIKELY TO KEEP

ELEPHANT TRADE BAN

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Kenya is likely to continue supporting an international ban on trade in elephant products at a key conservation meeting next month, said Richard Leakey, director of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Mr. Leakey said he had backed away from an earlier plan to support sales of elephant meat or hides after Kenya failed to reach an agreement with southern African nations on extending a ban on dealing in ivory.

HYUNDAI CANADA PLANT

TO GET 3-DAY WORKWEEK

TORONTO - Hyundai Auto Canada Inc. plans to cut the workweek for 900 employees at its Bromont, Quebec, plant.

Under a work-share program currently being negotiated with the federal government, the plant's workweek will be cut to three days from five for about six months beginning March 30, said Brahm Sand, public relations manager for Hyundai.

Workers will receive unemployment insurance for up to 60 percent of wages for the two days each week they are off.