Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, November 12, 2001 Issue 20   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 20  

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

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My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


When the Encyclopaedia Brittanica set up its Web site several years ago you could do a search and get articles thousands of words long, with links to articles and Web sites that had more information about the topic. When I did a search there recently, I got an article that was 82 words long. For anything more than that, Brittanica wants me to pay -- become a subscriber to their service. I wish them luck, but I'm doing my searching now at other reference sites that don't charge for their information. You'll find a good selection of these sites at Best Free Reference Web Sites at These 31 sites have been chosen by professional researchers and librarians, and they're all packed full of reliable information. There are sites here with news, statistics, quotations, biographies, dictionaries, recipes, automobile data, encyclopedias, and much more.


Take a look at The Hong Kong Trade Development Councilís (HKTDC) Webcast Channel at The Channel, part of HKTDCís comprehensive portal for trade with Hong Kong and China at, hosts one of Asiaís largest audio and video libraries of international business conferences and seminars, exclusive interviews, global market intelligence and exhibitions. This premier online business resource provides users with instant, first-hand business insights and expert advice on Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the global trade. Powered by Yahoo! Broadcast Services, Webcast delivers world-class multimedia experience to business users.


If I want to find out more about Afghanistan, there's one place I'll start my search. It's the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library at This site has been created by scholars, librarians and Asian specialists to provide a gateway to Asian resources on the Internet. The team of 50 editors continually updates this site, and at last count there were over 10,000 Internet resources linked here.

There are links to information on more than 50 countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen (the Middle East is included as a region of Asia). Whether you're looking for a list of holidays in Turkmenistan at, recipes from Kazkhstan at, business news about Pakistan at, travel information about Vietnam at, or any one of a thousand other topics about Asia, you'll find a link to it here.


For banking and financial information on the Web, check out Qualisteam at Available in English, French, and Italian, Qualisteam has an enormous index with thousands of Web sites worldwide, including information on banking, investing, taxes, annual reports, venture capital, mutual funds, financial news, software, and much more. The sites are organized in alphabetical order; Banks that provide Internet banking services are noted. Qualisteam also links to stock exchanges around the world.

For more links to international finance sites, go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, and click on "International Finance" in the left column.


I've always wanted to visit Buenos Aires, and now I've found the perfect travel guide. The Economist Magazine's Cities Guide at has detailed guides to some major world cities, complete with a "Cheat Sheet" with tips for business travelers ("Avoid hailing a cab in the street. Itís far safer to telephone a radio taxi in advance.") and recommendations on hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.
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