for international trade professionals
  Thursday, December 16, 2010         Issue 253         Volume 10 Number 25 Read online previous issues
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Dear International Traders,

We are pleased to announce the release of, a dynamic new resource for the worldwide international trade professionals. It combines a "Knowledge Resource" of content contributed by professionals worldwide as well as the first Directory of International Trade Service Providers.

We invite our subscribers to take a look, register (click on "Create profile" on the upper right corner of the home page) and start uploading your content in the form of text, pdf files, PowerPoint presentations, videos and RSS feeds.

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This week in Really Useful Sites we will:
• Learn about doing business in France
• Consult the International Affairs Resources
• Get the latest World Bank reports about worldwide business environments at Doing Business 2011
• Get the latest updates on public procurement on the SIGMA website

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Our Featured Country

France, the fifth world economic power in the world, benefits from a good location on the European markets. It benefits from common borders with some of the main European economies (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain) and from its extensive seacoast and ports.

The French economy is mainly based on the service sector (75% of GDP), especially financial and tourism services. Paris has the fifth largest stock market in the world and the country is the leading tourist destination in the world, with more than 75 million foreign tourists every year. France's manufacturing industry is varied. Key industrial sectors are telecommunications, electronics, cars, aerospace and weapons. France is the biggest agricultural power in the European Union, accounting for a quarter of its total agricultural production, and the second largest agricultural power in the world after the United States. For more information, you can consult the OECD Country Summary.

France is one of the 10 top exporters in the world, although it maintains a trade deficit, mainly due to its dependence on imported energy and the sharp increase in oil prices in recent years. Exports are dominated by the aeronautical and automobile industries. France trades the most within the European Union. But the United States and China are important partners. For more information, consult Foreign Trade Statistics on the website of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). And for a directory of French exporters and listings of business opportunities for foreign companies, take a look at FirmaFrance, a service of Ubifrance, the French Trade Commission, and officially endorsed by the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry of France.

In terms of foreign direct investment inflows, France is third place in the world and Paris is the world's second largest city after Tokyo in terms of location of headquarters of worldwide companies. Most investments come from the rest of European Union (80%) and the United States (10%). Distribution, manufacturing, banking and insurance sectors attract most of the FDI amount. For more information, consult the website of the Invest in France Agency.

For more information about the country, visit the websites of the French Embassy in the United States, the American Chamber of Commerce in France, and the U.S. Commercial Service in France. The sites give extensive information about the market with news and business guides, and the Commercial Service programs conferences, trade missions and training. If that's not enough, you'll also find plenty of good research at the FITA Mini Portal of France a feature of the FITA Web site. The FITA 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 France.

The France Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page.

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Your international business resources directories

International Affairs Resources is a website directory that contains over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. The site is linked on numerous university, business, government, NGO, and IGO websites. It contains a lot of International Business resources.
Browse by Media Sources, Organizations, Regions of the world, Countries or Topics.

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Making a difference for entrepreneurs

The Doing Business project of the World Bank provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 183 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. Doing Business reports gather and analyze comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time. Annual reports offer measurable benchmarks for reform. Detailed subnational reports cover different cities and regions within a nation.

Doing Business 2011 is now available. Visit the link and download the full report for free. Results are not surprising: as usual the report specify that doing business remains easiest in the high-income economies of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development and most difficult in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Nevertheless, unexpected economies such as Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Rwanda, Cape Verde, Brunei Darussalam and Zambia take part in list of the 10 most-improved economies, side by side to Hungary, Peru, Vietnam, and Grenada.

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Tools for Public Procurement

SIGMA is a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that supports administration development in 3 EU candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey), 5 EU potential candidates (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo as well as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia and Ukraine under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Support in the area of public procurement constitutes an important component of Sigma’s operations. The website has links to public procurement legislation in the SIGMA countries and the entire EU as well as national and multinational organization public procurement websites.

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Service Providers who will be Listed in the Directory of International Trade Service Providers

KMV & COMPANY - Accounting in Canada
USF St. Petersburg - Training in United States
ERDEM & ERDEM LAW OFFICE - Law Firm in Turkey

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Jr. Account Manager, Imports

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 a Jr. Account Manager, Imports for Fourstar Group USA in Clearwater, FL.. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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U.S. Commercial Service Events and Webinars
Resources for Going Global

The U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, sponsors and participates in many events and webinars that help U.S. exporters sell overseas and help overseas buyers learn about U.S. exports. The Commercial Service has a searchable database of these events worldwide at Below are some upcoming events:

Secretary-Led High Technology Business Development Mission to India. In 2011 join Secretary of Commerce Locke on a mission to explore High Technology opportunities in India.
Webinar Series: Trade Winds 2011: “Mexico and The Americas, December 17, 2010 and January 17, 2011; February 17, 2011; March 17, 2011.
Explore your export opportunities in Central America, December 17, Webinar.
IncoTerms 2010 Seminar, January 7, 2011, Pittsburgh, PA.
Financial and Legal Considerations when Exporting to Mexico, January 18, Philadelphia, PA.
A Basic Guide to Exporting: How to Write an Export Plan, January 19, Washington, DC.
Executive Led Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Nigeria, March 8-10, 2011.
Trade Winds Forum - The Americas, April 6-12, Mexico City, Mexico.

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