May 30, 2008                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

MORRISON FEATURED SPEAKER AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY'S SHORENSTEIN ASIA PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER


      Montana State Auditor John Morrison today was the featured speaker at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center. Morrison's topic was the U.S.-China Insurance Dialogues in Hangzhou, China. Morrison represented U.S. Insurance regulators in the bilateral trade discussions that were organized by the U.S. Trade Representative to focus on insurance related issues.
      
      Morrison's speech covered a wide range of global insurance issues from expansion of health insurance coverage in the developing world to catastrophic insurance and regulation of complex financial institutions. The Insurance Dialogues took place days after China suffered its worst earthquake in more than 30 years. Tens of thousands were killed and millions were left homeless.
      
      Morrison was invited to speak by the Stanford China Program, a part of Stanford's Asia Pacific Research Center. His presentation was the latest in a seminar series.
      
      Morrison helped launch a cooperative relationship between U.S. and Chinese insurance regulators in 2003. China has sent twenty-some officials to work in U.S. insurance departments pursuant to an agreement reached during the initial meetings in 2003. One such Chinese official worked in Morrison's office in Helena last year. Morrison also serves as the International Vice Chair for Asia of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.