|Monday, March 4, 2002
||VOLUME 2 ISSUE 5
Here's your latest issue of
Really Useful Sites for International Trade
Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews
useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/
Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an
excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a
link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.
Please feel free to pass this
newsletter on to others.
My name is John
McDonnell, and for years I've been writing about useful
Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications.
Now I've focused on international trade, using my Web
research skills to find sites that are useful for
international businesspeople, and some sites that are
just plain fun for anyone.
I've never been fond of
statistics -- throw too many numbers at me and my eyes
start to glaze over. However, even a statistics-
impaired guy like me can see that OFFSTATS:
Official Statistics on the WWW at
is a treasure trove of information. OFFSTATS links to
sites offering free and easily accessible social,
economic and general data from official sources,
especially those that provide both current data and time
series. What this means is that you can click on the
name of a country and get official government
statistics, plus data from other sources (like the
United Nations, the CIA, and the World Bank). As an
example, Malaysia has 15 separate sources of statistics.
This is valuable information for anyone who wants to get
an accurate picture of an international
My youngest child has been
sick all week with a runny nose and a cough. By visiting
Common Cold at
www.commoncold.org I found out that she has a Red Nose
Rhinovirus, and that I should expect her to have it for
10-14 days. This site, created by two doctors, has a lot
of solid information about the diagnosis and treatment
of common colds, and it's helpful in dispelling myths,
like "You'll catch a cold if you don't wear your winter
coat!" (my mother's very words). According to Common
Cold, a study was done that found people who were
chilled were no more or less likely to catch a
Are your prospects part of the international trade
community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your
service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really
Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional.
FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to
selected organizations. For information, please contact
Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.
FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- ASIASOURCE
Did you know that there are
two televisions for every three people in the tiny
country of Brunei, whereas Tajikistan, which is 28 times
as large, has only one television for every eight
people? I got this interesting statistic from AsiaSource at
www.asiasource.org, a site that is packed with
information about the countries of Asia. Besides the
statistics section (which lets you make comparisons
between different countries) AsiaSource has news,
business resources (links to important business
directories, government sites, etc.), a calendar of
events, maps, a database of experts, articles &
speeches, even a collection of recipes for Asian food!
There are lots more links to China at the FITA site.
Go to www.fita.org/webindex, click on Regional Resources
and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or
"Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and
then go to Asia in the pop-up window. Or simply type
"Asia" in the search box at http://www.fita.org/.
|FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
FITA and Worldbid.com have
launched a new International Buy/Sell exchange. The FITA Buy/Sell
Exchange at fita.worldbid.com is FITA's new
business-to-business marketplace that helps your company
find more business by delivering tender opportunities,
RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. You will
have access to a global network of affiliated trade
sites that work together to bring together businesses
across borders. Take a
|INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INFORMATION DIRECTORY
Here's a book I should have
written myself. The
International Business Information Directory at
www.infotoday.com/ibidirectory.htm is all about how to
find international business info on the Web. This Web
site has a list of links from the book, and you probably
don't need the book if you bookmark this page. The only
thing I don't like is that it's pretty much just a list
of links, with no description of what's at each site (I
would have written a little review for each site, but
then that's just me). There are lots of useful links,
though, and you're bound to find something here that
will help you.
For archived issues of Really Useful Sites for
the International Trade Professional, click
For a free list of links to useful sites in a wide
variety of categories (both business and personal),
visit my Web
|Published by Federation
of International Trade Associations
2002 The Federation of International Trade Associations.
there topics you'd like to see covered in FITA'S Really
Useful Sites? Send suggestions, ideas, or comments to
McDonnell at email@example.com.
newsletter is distributed by the Federation of
International Trade Associations (FITA) for the benefit
of the worldwide international trade community. If you
have a question regarding this service, please contact
FITA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.