January 16, 2003
|VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2
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.
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 are the sites:
OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE -- LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERMANY
Germany is one
of the ten largest U.S. trading partners, and if you're
looking to research opportunities for trade with Germany,
there are lots of sites on the Web to help you. One
of the best is the Library
of Congress Germany Resources (http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/european/germany/de.html).
This site doesn't overwhelm you with hundreds of links,
but the ones that are here are of the highest quality.
There are links to German business news, statistics,
and contacts; maps of Germany; political contacts and
information; travel guides; and much more.
Another good site is GermanData
which has a directory of German companies on the Web.
You just look up a name, then click on it and you'll
go to the company's Web site.
There are many more links to Germany at the FITA
site. Go to FITA`s
International Trade Web Resources at http://www.fita.org/webindex,
click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading
Areas in the left column, then scroll down and click
on "Germany" in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Germany"
in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
make optimistic campaign promises, but Simeon II, the
former king of Bulgaria, promised that if his party
was elected in 2001, there would be a doubling of living
standards in just 800 days. It didn't happen, but you
have to give him credit for thinking big. I learned
that little tidbit of information at newnations.com
( http://www.newnations.com ). Click on the "Reports"
button and you'll find a storehouse of information about
ex-communist and other emerging countries. You have
to register to see one of their reports, but registration
is free -- and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the
amount of detail they provide about the economy and
politics of these countries. There's also a free service
called New Business Opportunities, that gives you contact
information for companies that are looking to buy or
THE ATLAS OF CANADA
If someone mentions
"Canada" in a word association game, most of us would
probably say, "ice hockey", instead of "diamonds". But
there are ten diamond exploration sites in Canada right
now, a fact I learned at The
Atlas of Canada ( http://atlas.gc.ca/site/english/index.html
). This site has interesting facts about Canada presented
as reference maps. There are maps of glaciers, Indian
treaties, water consumption, forest fires, and health
resources, as well as demographic maps of population,
age, and other parameters. This site gives a valuable
perspective on Canadian statistics.
FULD INTELLIGENCE INDEX
is an essential tool for businesspeople these days,
and you'll find a useful compilation of CI links at
Intelligence Index( http://www.fuld.com/i3/index.html
). Just scroll down the list and you'll find links to
hundreds of sources of information about people, companies,
industries, and countries. Each link has a description,
so you'll know if the site is worth visiting. This site
is very comprehensive -- the section on the pharmaceutical
industry, for example, had two dozen links to research
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