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  Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Issue 138 Volume 6 Number 12  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• URUGUAY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• WORLD BANK ENTERPRISE SURVEYS
• SINGAPORE TRADENET
• BBC WORLD CUP
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - PROGRAM MANAGER EXPORT PROMOTION

Hello International Traders!

Uruguay is a stable, prosperous country in South America, and I've got a site in this issue that will help you research opportunities there. Also, I've got a site with survey data from the World Bank on business conditions in 68 countries. Want to cut your time and expense when trading with Singapore? I have a site in this issue that will help you do that. Finally, I have a portal that will keep you up to date with everything that's happening in World Cup soccer.

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.

URUGUAY -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Uruguay is a small country, but don't let its size fool you -- with its stable government, open financial markets, and well- educated workforce it is one of the most prosperous countries on the South American continent. A few years ago the country suffered an economic downturn due to external factors, but it has rebounded impressively, with a 10 percent growth rate in 2005, and US $3.5 billion in imports and exports.

If you'd like to do some research on Uruguay, a good site to visit is the Uruguay page at globalEDGE™ ( http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/CountryIntro.asp?CountryID= 152&RegionID=4 ). This page has a rundown of the history, government, and economy of Uruguay, with statistics and links to other portal sites that profile the country. It's a good place to start your research on this jewel of a country in South America.

Another good resource is the Uruguay Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/uruguay.html), one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is information about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Uruguay markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The Uruguay Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the newly redesigned FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page (http://www.fita.org).

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WORLD BANK ENTERPRISE SURVEYS

Here's a great resource for anyone who's considering doing business in a country. World Bank Enterprise Surveys ( http://rru.worldbank.org/EnterpriseSurveys/ ) has data from 38,000 surveys done by the World Bank in 68 countries. It has information about bureaucracy, corruption, the legal system, finance, infrastructure, taxes, trade, and much more. If you want information like the average time it takes to clear direct exports through customs, or the percentage of senior management time spent dealing with requirements of regulations, this is the site for you. You can see "snapshots" of each country, with survey results included, or larger reports in PDF format. You can also export the information to an Excel spreadsheet.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
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SINGAPORE TRADENET

I just wrote about Singapore a couple of issues ago, and I don't normally like to spotlight the same country so soon, but here's a site that's so useful I could't ignore it. Singapore Tradenet ( http://www.tradenet.gov.sg/trdnet/index_home.jsp ) says it's "the world's first nationwide trade documentation system that approves permit applications almost instantaneously". This streamlines the trade documentation process so that you don't have to waste valuable time and money submitting paper documents and waiting for approvals. There's a detailed, easy to understand explanation of the process on the site, so you can get up to speed quickly. If you do trade with Singapore, this is a must-visit site.

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BBC WORLD CUP

When I was a kid, I knew as much about the game of soccer (that's football to you fans outside the US) as I knew about snooker or curling. Which is to say, nothing. My kids have grown up with the sport, however, and I've become quite a fan myself. If you're one of the millions of people worldwide who are following the World Cup, you should visit the BBC World Cup ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/ ) site. Here you'll find the latest scores, schedules, headlines, background stories, photos, player ratings, trivia quizzes, animated highlights of games, a blog, a history of the World Cup, message boards, and even a video with soccer moves you can practice.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - PROGRAM MANAGER EXPORT PROMOTION

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 job this week is to be Program Manager of the VALET Program, an initiative which provides in-depth export marketing assistance to companies throughout Virginia. The position is based in Richmond, VA Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

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