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  Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Issue 128 Volume 6 Number 2  
This issue sponsored by CFARES

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• BOTSWANA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• TRADE INFORMATION CENTER
• GLOBALHEALTHFACTS.ORG
• ABYZ NEWS LINKS
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOBS - SALES MANAGER AND OPERATIONS MANAGER IN CHINA

Hello International Traders!

Botswana has had years of stable growth and a vibrant economy, and many companies are looking to expand into this African success story. I've got two sites in this issue that will help you research opportunities with Botswana. If you want health data for countries worldwide, I have the perfect site for you. Need to know the ins and outs of exporting? I have a U.S. government site that's just the ticket. Finally, if you want to connect to world media sites with the click of a mouse, I have a site that will let you do that.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

BOTSWANA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Successful businesspeople are good at finding markets others have overlooked. Botswana, a small country in Southern Africa, could be that market for your company. Botswana is an African success story, a country that has maintained one of the world's highest economic growth rates for 40 years, since it became independent in 1966. A stable, civilian government and sound fiscal policies have transformed Botswana from a poor country to a middle-income one, and it was recently ranked as the best credit risk in Africa.

If you'd like to learn more about Botswana, go to The Republic of Botswana ( http://www.gov.bw/home.html ) site, where you'll find an overview of the country's history and current situation, plus links to government ministries.

A good site to search for Botswana information is MBendi ( http://www.mbendi.co.za ), a search engine specific to Africa. Just type "Botswana" in the search box at the top of the page, and you'll find links to reports and information about aspects of Botswana's economy.

And, don't forget the resources at FITA. You can find more information by typing "Botswana" in the search box at the top of the FITA ( http://www.fita.org ) main page.

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TRADE INFORMATION CENTER


I've written about U.S. Department of Commerce sites before, but here's a gem I found that condenses lots of useful information in one place. The Trade Information Center ( http://www.trade.gov/td/tic/ ) has links to information that U.S. (and other) exporters will find valuable, including: country and regional trade statistics; trade agreements; tariff and import fees by country; worldwide trade events listings; industry- specific information on U.S. exports; explanations of free trade agreements; exporting guides; trade leads; and much more.

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CFARES
http://www.cfares.com

The travel industry has gone through radical transformation over the past five years because of the Internet, where consumers will book $75B in travel this year. Currently, a large majority of US Internet travel searches and bookings are for domestic flights even though 30 to 40% of all US air travel is to international destinations. Why? Unlike domestic flights where airline inventory is stored in four large Global Distribution Systems (GDS's) which are accessible to all travel search sites and agencies, 40 to 50% of all international tickets are purchased by individual, wholesale consolidators. Consolidators negotiate deeply discounted fares with the airlines by guaranteeing certain volumes of ticket sales and then sell the tickets to large affinity groups and retail travel agencies. To get the best pricing on international flights, consumers need direct access to this consolidator inventory.

Redwood Shores, California-based Cfares (www.cfares.com) is a leading membership-based travel site offering precisely this service - real time, web access to deeply-discounted international airfares not generally available on traditional Internet travel sites. For your next, US-originating international flights, check out Cfares and see how much you might save!


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GLOBALHEALTHFACTS.ORG

Here's a site that will give you some quick numbers on world health. GlobalHealthfacts.org ( http://globalhealthfacts.org ) has data on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, avian flu, and other diseases, and you can find it out with the click of a mouse. Just click on the map at the home page, or type a country name in the search box, and you'll get recent statistics. You can also stroll down and click on topics (including Demography and the Economy) which will compare countries for each topic. Its companion site, GlobalHealthReporting.org ( http://www.globalhealthreporting.org ), is also useful for getting statistics about world health.

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ABYZ NEWS LINKS

In an age of Web sites that play music, show movies, and do just about everything except make dinner for you, I still like no- frills sites. Give me a site that loads fast and has a simple, clickable list of links, and I'll be happy. That's exactly what you get with ABYZ News Links ( http://www.abyznewslinks.com ). This site has lists of links to newspapers, news media, and news sources worldwide, arranged by region and country. Looking for a newspaper in Fiji? Just click on "Fiji" in the countries list, and you'll get links to all the news media from that country, with abbreviations to tell you what type of media (newspaper, radio, etc.) it is, what language it's in, and what its focus (alternative business, ethnic, general interest, etc.) is. Each link will take you to the Web page for that media outlet.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOBS - SALES MANAGER AND OPERATIONS MANAGER IN CHINA

In the new FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured jobs this week are for a Sales Manager and for an Operations Manager, both in Xiamen, China, for Faustel USA, a leading designer and manufacturer of paper converting machinery based in Wisconsin. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! And click here if you are an employer looking for uniquely qualified internationally-skilled staff.

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