|Monday, April 1, 2002
||VOLUME 2 ISSUE 7
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 www.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.
Here they are:
NEWS SITES |
Because the Oscars ended so
late, my local morning newspaper had only sketchy
details about who won, what they wore, and what they
said in their acceptance speeches. You may not care
about such things, but these are details I need to know.
Faced with a shortage of facts, I knew just what to do
-- I went to RocketNews at
www.rocketnews.com, typed in "Oscars", and got the
latest stories from news organizations worldwide about
Oscar night. RocketNews is a current news search engine,
which means it lets you search for breaking news
stories. You simply type in a keyword, specify the time
frame you want to search (it lets you search up to five
previous days), and away you go. You can also search by
topic (click on "Hot Topics"), to find the most current
stories on over 300 topics.
Another good news site is World
Newspapers at www.world-newspapers.com. Simply click
on the name of a country you're interested in, and
you'll find English language news for that country.
There's also a large selection of magazines in various
FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- ARABDATANET
The Middle East is one area of
the world we're all pretty interested in these days.
Whether you have business or personal interests there,
you should bookmark ArabDataNet.com
at www.arabdatanet.com, which is a gateway site to the
Middle East on the Web. Here you'll find news and
information about the region, plus country profiles, a
trade directory, an event calendar, and more. It's a
great resource for anyone who wants to keep current on
the Middle East.
There are lots more links to these countries at the
FITA site. Go to FITA's
International Trade Web Resources at
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 scroll down to Middle East. Or simply type "Middle
East" in the search box at www.fita.org.
If I owned a widget-making
company and somebody told me there was a market for
widgets in Turkmenistan, I'd need to do some research
and preparation before I could start exporting my wares.
Luckily, I could find help at myEXPORTS at
www.myexports.com. This site, created through a
partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, gives
U.S. companies all the tools they need to be successful
exporters. Here you'll find world news by industry, a
calendar of trade events, a basic guide to exporting, an
export assistance center, market research, information
about export financing, a section where foreign buyers
can search a directory of U.S. exporters, and much
|FOREIGN BORN |
If you're an immigrant or
foreign-born individual living in the U.S., foreignborn.com
at www.foreignborn.com is a great resource. This site
has free information about visas & immigration,
health insurance, medical care, banking & credit,
special taxation issues for foreign nationals, social
security, going to college in the U.S., and more.
Actually, I found plenty of useful information for
people like me who were born in the U.S., such as links
to maps, world stock markets, weather reports, world
news & sports, etc.
For archived issues of Really Useful Sites for
International Trade Professionals, click on http://fita.org/useful/archives.html.
For a free list of links to useful sites in a wide
variety of categories (both business and personal),
visit my Web site, http://www.reallyusefulsites.org/.
|Published by Federation
of International Trade Associations
2002 The Federation of International Trade Associations.
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