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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about opportunities in Turkey
• Find out about on government and intergovernmental organization tenders worldwide
• Get information about doing business in Africa

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The US-Turkey Economic and Commercial Cooperation

On September 19 the first meeting of Turkey-US Business Council took place in Istanbul. This council, established under the US-Turkey Strategic Framework for Economic and Commercial Cooperation is dedicated to the promotion of trade between the two countries, particularly in the fields of defense, technology and culture. It will allow the private sectors of both countries to meet once a year to provide their governments with recommendations on ways to strengthen bilateral economic relations, trade and investment.

Conference on U.S - Turkish relations
Through this initiative, Turkey in recent years has become a prime target for U.S. exporters and investors. In 2010, bilateral trade between the U.S. and Turkey was 15 billion USD. In 2011, it is expected to exceed USD 20 billion. It must be said that the Turkish economy is growing: it grew almost 9% in 2010, and observers expect growth of around 6.6% in 2011. The U.S., meanwhile, will show growth of about 1.5% in 2011. Turkey is therefore a prime market for U.S. exporters, particularly in the chemistry /plastics, energy, food processing, packaging and ICT (Information Technology and Communication) industries.

Turkey is one of the top target markets of the National Export Initiative (NEI), which aims to create jobs in the United States through the promotion of exports. In 2010, 3.3% of Turkey’s exports went to the United States while 6.6% of Turkey’s imports came from the United States, making it the seventh-largest market and the fourth-largest supplier to Turkey.

For more information on Turkey:
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Invest in Turkey

To help you do business in Turkey:
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI)
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast (TACC)
The Texas Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce
The Turkish-American Association
The Turkish American Business Improvement & Development Council (TABID)
The Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey
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For information about doing business in other countries:
FITA Country Miniportals, Reports about 185 countries.
• The Country Channels on


We’ve Got Brazil Covered

China has roared past the US to become Brazil’s top trade partner, but the US is still the top exporter to the Latin American giant.

The Datamyne blog has been covering Brazil: In first half 2011, Brazil’s purchases of US goods totaled $15.7 billion, while its exports to the US totaled $11.7 billion, giving the US a $4 billion surplus, according to Datamyne statistics. What Brazil Is Buying from the US may surprise. Refined oil, coal and turbojets top the list in the first half of this year but there were stunning increases in cotton and ethanol, enough to vault these commodities from out of nowhere to 4th and 5th (take a look at Charts and Graphs).

But is Trade Trouble Brewing between Brazil and the US? A new US farm bill would bar the transfer of $147 million in compensation to Brazilian cotton farmers, as called for in the 2010 agreement that settled a long-running trade dispute between the two countries.

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Tenders and procurement opportunities worldwide

In past issues we have featured several websites that offer government procurement opportunities. These have included CWCTenders (for construction and engineering contracts) , Tenders Europe Daily and WINNINGTENDERS.EU (both for European Union tenders). But it seems that we have forgotten to discuss what is probably the largest international portal for tenders and procurement opportunities: DGmarket. It is the biggest because it compiles tenders from governments and international organizations worldwide and for all industries. Access to full versions of the tenders is fee-based, but the search engine and the number of tenders listed could make it a worthwhile investment. You can browse by country or by industry.

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How we made it in Africa
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Do you want to learn more about opportunities in Africa? How we made it in Africa gives readers insight into Africa’s business environment. The website is aimed at African business people as well as foreign investors with an interest in the continent. Here you will find success stories, advice about doing business in various African countries, ideas, feedback, etc. You can browse by Sector or Country. And you can read online or subscribe to the RSS feed

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Trade Finance 2011

With the support of PBOC Shanghai HQ Shanghai Finance, Shanghai Services Federation and other key authorities, the definitive Trade Finance 2011 will be convened on the 17th - 18th of November, 2011 in Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao, China. The exciting line-up of regulators, importers and exporters, financial institutions, ECAs, solution & service providers, corporate treasurers and other relevant industry experts worldwide will equip you with a fresh and holistic overview of trade and financing, payment and settlement, treasury and liquidity management global practices.

With the distinguished attendees such as HSBC, BNP PARIBAS, COMMERZBANK, ARAB BANK, BARCLAYS, CHINA CONSTRUCTION BANK, PEOPLE’S BANK OF CHINA, IFC and so on, you are guaranteed to walk away with the latest insight into global trends China focus, cutting-edge developments and practical tools in trade finance sector.
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