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  Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Issue 169 Volume 7 Number 18  

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• KUWAIT
Our Featured Country
• FOREIGN RELATIONS PAGE
Global Experts Weigh on on Current Events
• BEFORE YOU LEAVE, CHECK TRAVEL UPDATES
Be Prepared for Foreign Travel
• ALL ABOUT THE STATES AT ITYPEUSA
Information about US States
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Operations Import Specialist

Hello International Traders!

Hope you're enjoying your summer (or winter, if you're south of the equator)! John McDonnell here, John McDonnell here, with the latest Web sites to help you achieve success in international trade.

Kuwait is a small country with a big, booming economy, and I found a site that will help you explore it. Also, I found a site with articles from foreign policy experts that will keep you abreast of the hot issues in the world today. If you're traveling, I have a site you should definitely check out -- it has travel updates and advisories for many countries worldwide. Finally, whatever you want to know about any of the U.S. States, you'll find it at the iTypeUSA Web site I profile in this issue.

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

KUWAIT
Our Featured Country

In only about fifty years Kuwait has gone from a poor nation of pearl divers and spice traders to one of the world's largest oil exporters, with a surplus last year of US $18 billion. The country must import much of its food, because it's located in one of the most arid spots on the planet, and agriculture is difficult to sustain. If this sounds like a market you're interested in, a good site to check out is Kuwait-Info.com ( http://www.kuwait-info.com ). This site, from the Kuwait Information Office in India, has lots of information about Kuwait. Here you'll find news and information about the economy, geography, foreign affairs, education, tourism, the media, Kuwaiti culture, health, and more. Businesspeople will be especially interested in the Kuwait Free Trade Zone located in the port of Shuwaikh, which offers many advantages for trade.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Kuwait Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/kuwait.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Kuwait Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Kuwait.

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 Kuwait Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the 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 ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in Kuwait. Check out Doing Business with Kuwait, Doing Business in the Middle East: Politics and Economic Crisis in Jordan and Kuwait and the Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East.

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FOREIGN RELATIONS PAGE
Global Experts Weigh on on Current Events

If you're interested in foreign affairs you can spend hours at this next site. The Council on Foreign Relations Publications Page ( http://www.cfr.org/publication ) has a wealth of information and analysis written by experts on global topics, and it's constantly updated. There are articles, backgrounders, interviews, podcasts, daily briefs, and much more. You can search by topic, or by a specific geographic region, but even if you just browse this site idly, you'll find useful information. When I visited, I found articles about Mexico's drug war, African migration to Europe, worldwide climate change policy, an examination of rising food prices around the globe, and Iran's nuclear challenge, to name just a few. Just look at the authors' backgrounds and you'll see that these articles are written by heavyweights in the field of foreign affairs.

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BEFORE YOU LEAVE, CHECK TRAVEL UPDATES
Be Prepared for Foreign Travel

Before you travel overseas, especially if you're going someplace you're not familiar with, it's a good idea to check with a site like Travel Updates ( http://www.voyage.gc.ca/dest/ctry/new-en.asp ). This Canadian government site has reports and advisories for many countries, all updated within the last two weeks. You'll find information about safety & security, any warnings or recommendations from the Canadian government, entry/exit requirements, health information, reports on any natural disasters or climate events, and much more. The site is targeted to Canadian citizens, but there is plenty of useful information here for everyone.

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ALL ABOUT THE STATES AT ITYPEUSA
Information about US States

Here's a good site to bookmark if you need some fast information about U.S. States. iTypeUSA ( http://www.itypeusa.com ) calls itself the "American Information Directory", and it's got a suprising variety of detail about each State. Just click on a State from the map at the home page, and you'll get a soup-to-nuts collection of information. What's really neat about this site is that if you're looking for quick facts like the State bird, flower, map, or its history you can get them -- but you can get lots more detail also. Let's say you're researching the State of Delaware. You can click on categories like "Doing Business", "Living in Delaware", "Studying in Delaware", "Camping and Hiking", "State Parks", "Delaware Cities", etc., and you'll find your way to much more detailed information. For example, there are directories of various businesses & professional firms in each State, with contacts. In addition, there are links from the home page that will take you to U.S. government information

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Operations Import Specialist

In the 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 for an International Trade Operations Market Manager for BG Products, Inc., a manufacturer of specialized tools and equipment automotive professionals in Wichita, KS. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you’re looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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