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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about doing business in Africa
• Find out about the best international cities for investment and expatriation at Cities of Opportunities
• Learn how U.S. small businesses can thrive using the services of the U.S. Small Business Administration

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African Growth and Opportunity Act

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law on May 18, 2000 to offer incentives for African countries to open their economies, build free markets and encourage investment by U.S. companies in the region.

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Each year, the AGOA Forum brings together government leaders and several African and American private sector stakeholders. Today, 37 African countries are represented in the forum: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.

The tenth annual Forum is taking place today and tomorrow (June 9 and 10) in Zambia with the theme "Enhanced Trade Through Increased Competitiveness, Value Addition and Deeper Regional Integration". During the conference, there will be sessions for the private sector and civil society as well as involvement of participants of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP). Young business leaders will also take part in activities around the AGOA Forum.

For more information about AGOA look at these websites:
African Growth and Opportunity Act
AGOA Forum 2011
U.S. Office of Trade Representative

To help you do business in the AGOA region visit:
The AGOA Export Toolkit
Doing business with USA under AGOA
AGOA’s resources

For more information about AGOA countires take a look at:
The FITA Africa Miniportals of 185 countries
The International Trade Channels (click on the map of Africa)


Datamyne Launches its Trade Data App for the Iphone
Now you can access the most recent US import shipments, as documented in bills of lading, with Datamyne’s new FREE application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Use it to:

• Search for a trade commodity -- "shrimp" or "grapes", for instance -- and see the latest incoming shipments.
• View bill of lading details for the latest shipments, including parties to the trade, port of arrival, country of departure, product description, and shipment weight.
• Get current top 5 rankings for US imports, including top ports of arrival, countries of origin, carriers, and importers, based on year-to-date data, along with the preceding 3 years. A top source of information on cargos, markets and trading partners drawn from the world’s largest searchable trade database, Datamyne is the first of the US trade data providers to offer free access via an iPhone app.

The iDatamyne app also links to Datamyne’s Twitter feed and blog on international trade trends, discussing ways in which trade data can be used to turn market developments into business advantage.

The iDatamyne app is available for free from the iTunes store: Click here or search "Datamyne" at the App Store.

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Cities of Opportunities
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What makes a city thrive? What are their success factors? How does a city balance economic power and well being of its population? When considering investment or expatriation to a city, everybody has concerns about living conditions, health care services, workforce management, building and construction, education, crime and much more.

The "Cities of Opportunities" website from the accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers allows the users to compare up to 26 major cities on all continents in different ways. For example, using the online tool you can compare up to all 26 cities using cost of living, education system, crime, broadband access up to 62 more variables. Just select the cities and variables you need and look at the results. And you can then download the full report that you have created. You can also use the "Correlation Heatmap" to correlate the similarities and dissimilarities in the combination of different variables. By tracking the tendency of two variables to move together or apart, it reveals interesting and potentially causal relationships between urban characteristics.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small businesses in the United States. The SBA website is a goldmine of advice and free services.

Learn how to start importing or exporting. Find how to start or to manage your business. Take online courses.
The SBA also offers guaranteed loan programs for small businesses and hints about finding small business grants. One of these loan guarantees is the International Trade Loan which will guarantee a bank loan for small business exporting activities.

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