Hello international traders! In this issue I have a site that
will help you research trade with a rapidly expanding economy in
Southeast Asia -- Vietnam. Next, I have a portal to some of the
most information-rich international affairs sites on the Web.
And, did you know there are hundreds of places worldwide where
you can set up videoconferences? I found a Web site with a
database of these locations, and you can search it for free.
Finally, I found a site where you can send text messages to cell
phones with the click of a mouse.|
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent
source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related
to international trade.
| VIETNAM -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE |
In the 30 years since the last U.S. troops left Vietnam, the
country has gone through enormous changes. Its communist system
has gradually given way to a more free-market economy, and
Vietnam has worked to modernize itself and liberalize its trade
policies. Proof that this is a new era is evident in one fact:
total two-way trade between the U.S. and Vietnam rose to US $1.2
billion in the year 2000.
Vietnam has a lot of potential as a trade partner, and here's a good site
to help you get started. The US-ASEAN
Business Council's Vietnam page ( http://www.us-asean.org/vietnam.asp )
has the latest business and trade news, plus lots more. Click on "country profile",
"economic indicator", "business guide" or other categories at the top of the
page and you'll get detailed reports that will help you learn about Vietnam's
economy, government, political situation, foreign relations, travel conditions,
and more. If you click on "Important Links" you'll get links to newspapers and
wire services, government agencies, and other useful sites.
There are many more links to Vietnam at the FITA site. Go to FITA's
International Trade Web Resources at http://fita.org/webindex/index.html,
click on Regional Resources then go to Asia and click on South Africa in the drop-down
box. Or simply type "Vietnam" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
There are some great books on trade with South Africa in the FITA
Global Trade Bookstore, including Succeed
in Business: Vietnam: The Essential Guide for Business and Investment,
Doing Business in the New Vietnam: For Investors, Marketers, and Entrepreneurs
VIRTUAL LIBRARY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
You can't trust everything you see on the Web, but if you stick to the reliable
sources, you won't go wrong. A reliable source is the WWW Virtual Library, which
is a series of Web sites compiled by librarians, professors, and other experts
on a range of topics. International traders will find a gold mine of information
at the WWW Virtual Library's
International Affairs Resources site ( http://www.etown.edu/vl/ ). Just scroll
down the page and you'll find links to hundreds of sites about international affairs.
You'll see categories like: News Sources, Radio & Television Broadcasts (some
available on the Web), Organizations, Government, Country Studies, Statistics,
Environmental Issues, Public Health, Human Rights, International Development,
Law, Foreign Policy -- and that's only a small sample of what you'll find. There's
also a handy tutorial on how to do Internet research.
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FREE PUBLIC VIDEOCONFERENCING SITE DIRECTORY
When you need to communicate with business associates overseas, there are times
when you need more "face time" than e-mail or a telephone call will give you.
You could hop on a plane and fly over for a meeting, but that can be an expensive
and time- consuming solution. How about videconferencing? This is a technology
that allows you to meet face-to-face without the expense of traveling. And you
don't have to buy expensive equipment to use it -- you can use one of the hundreds
of public videoconferencing sites around the world. You'll find many of these
sites listed at FTF's Free
Public Videoconferencing Site Directory ( http://www.ftf-tokyo.com/ ). All
you do is click on "Search the Directory" in the right column, then follow the
directions, and you'll be able to search for sites in any city or country worldwide.
The search results will give you the technical information about each site, plus
I'm not the most tech-savvy guy, but I know when something is cool. Teleflip
( http://www.teleflip.com/teleflip/index.jsp ) is a Web site that lets you send
text messages to a cell phone from your computer. All you need is the cell phone
number of the person you want to contact, and you can send a message as easy as
writing an e-mail. I tried it with my teenage daughter, who's always on her cell
phone, and it worked like a charm. In addition,she was able to send a reply, which
came to me as an e- mail. For those times when you need to send a text message
to a cell phone user, Teleflip is the way to go.
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