Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Issue 209 Volume 9 Number 6  
This issue sponsored by Fortune Magazine's International Trade Issue TELL A FRIEND
Our Featured Country
Online Networking for Women in Business
A Network for the World Economy
International Trade Show Database
Global Opportunities for Native Language Speakers

Hello International Traders!

Starting with this issue we have a new editing team. Over the next few issues we will be experimenting with different formats and types of links. And we invite you to contact us with your comments and suggestions. Send them to Barney Lehrer at

Thailand is a country with huge potential for trade. We describe a sites that help you navigate business in this intriguing country. Online global networks are great tools for international business networking. In this issue we feature a site that helps women in global business, and the World Economic Forum’s website, which offers a large amount of useful international business networking information. Finally we feature a site about trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences, which are good ways of entering new markets.

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

Our Featured Country

The recent political difficulties in Thailand should not deter investors from its economic potential. Located at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, Thailand is the vital channel that connects Malaysia and Singapore to the rest of Asia. As the fourth richest nation of Southeast Asia in terms of GDP per capita (behind Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia), Thailand serves as the economic “pole” of the peninsula, as its neighbors (Laos, Burma, Kampuchea) are less developed economies.

High interest rates and consumer debt levels have limited exports to Thailand recently. However global business should look at outsourcing and investment in the country. The World Bank’s “Doing Business” website lists Thailand at number 13 (out of 181) for ease of doing business.

Thaitrade, from the Department of Export Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce Royal Thai Government, is a great resource for developing your business in Thailand. Take a look at the Exporters Directory to find future business partners. Visit the Market Place to post or select an offer. Be informed about upcoming Trade shows. And verify customs procedures that apply to your products.

The US-Asean Business Council is a FITA member association. Check out their website for information about doing business in Southeast Asia.

And you'll also find plenty of good research at the Thailand Mini Portal, a feature of the FITA Web site. The Thailand Mini Portal has an overview of Thailand, 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 Thailand. 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 Thailand 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.


Online Networking for Women in Business

Much is written about women in business fighting discrimination. More important may be to establish strong business networks for women. The Women's Global Business Alliance - Peer Counsel™ is developing a collaborative network that provides opportunities for executive women to work and learn together. Created for senior-level executive women worldwide, WGBA promotes contacts and interaction between global business leaders that allows them to share their knowledge and expertise in areas such as finance, economics, marketing, law, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, operations, international business, emerging markets and more.

And check out the website of FITA member Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). It is a an organization that promotes female trade professionals worldwide. Our subscribers in Europe and Asia should click here to find out about starting an OWIT chapter in your country!



Fortune Magazine has teamed with FITA on a special section in the June 8 issue titled “A Fresh Look at International Trade.” To expose Fortune’s readers to what’s happening in Asia, Europe, South America, and elsewhere in the world—and to look at how the financial crisis and decisions in Washington may affect business—Fortune Custom Publishing, in partnership with FITA, is creating a special text-and-advertising section that asks:

  • Which finance companies, logistics companies, and other international trade service providers offer innovative solutions in the current environment?
  • Which emerging economies are going to be able to sustain some growth?
  • Where are trade barriers and regulations going to increase?
  • Which industries are already innovating in the way they do international trade?
  • Can fair trade and environmental protection help restore growth in international trade

This section will provide a unique opportunity to promote and showcase your organization to Fortune’s audience of business decision-makers—all in a clear, informative environment.  Be a sponsor and get your organization exposure to the world's top executives and business leaders.  Click here for information and contact details.


A Network for the World Economy

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international not-for-profit foundation, that brings together global enterprises, strategic partners and industry partners. The organization strives towards a world-class corporate governance system, where values are as important and act as the basis of its rules. WEF’s philosophy is based on the belief that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is not feasible. The foundation maintains a number of very interesting networks and programs and provides reports that are helpful for international business.

The World Economic Forum’s Community of Global Growth Companies (GGCs) was created to recognize and support the next generation of industry leader. Find out about the 200 most rapidly growing companies in the world, the 34 Technology pioneers, and more.

The Industry Partnership Program serves as the World Economic Forum’s primary means for engaging its corporate partners. It leverages the Forum’s neutral platform and global networks, and focuses on three areas: Industry, Cross-Industry, and Corporate Global Citizenship.

The Global Competitiveness Network identifies impediments to growth and uses that information to help companies develop relevant strategies. The Global Competitiveness Report incorporates the latest thinking and research on global competitiveness.

You can also join the Forum of Young Global Leaders or identify Labor Leaders and learn how the World Economic Forum engages regularly with the heads of leading global, regional, national, and industry-specific labor and trade unions around the world.


International Trade Show Database

To find Tradeshows online, visit Biz Tradeshows. This directory offers an exhaustive database of exhibitions, trade shows & expositions, conferences and seminars for various industries worldwide. You can browse the database very easily, by Industry, by country, or by date.


Global Opportunities for Native Language Speakers

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 this week is a listing for Petersen Global Associates, an agency that offers opportunities worldwide for native language speakers. 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 are 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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