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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Issue 91 Volume 4 Number 17
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• IRAQ -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS
• COUNTRY AND REGIONAL SEARCH ENGINES
• NEWSPAPERS.COM

Hello International Traders!

There are many opportunities for businesspeople in the rebuilding of Iraq, and in this issue I spotlight two sites that will help you learn more about this potentially lucrative market. Also, I've got news about FITA Career Headquarters -- a job board that will help employers and job seekers with international experience get together. And, if you're looking for resources from any country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, I've got a portal that will help you find it. Finally, I've got a review of a portal to thousands of online newspapers around the world.

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.

IRAQ -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Although the security environment in Iraq remains "volatile and unpredictable", according to the U.S. government, the rebuilding of Iraq's economy continues every day. International trade is playing a major role in this rebuilding effort, and there are many opportunities for businesspeople who want to get in on the ground floor. The U.S. government has warned citizens against travel to Iraq, but you can find other business opportunities, including online markets, at these two sites:

Coalition Suppliers ( http://www.coalitionsuppliers.com ). This site brings together buyers and sellers from the coalition of countries that are engaged in rebuilding Iraq. There is a searchable database of links for buyers, suppliers, and recruiting companies, and the services include secure E-tender tools for buyers to issue RFQ's, RFP's and RFI's.

Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force ( http://www.export.gov/iraq ). This is a U.S. Department of Commerce site for firms interested in part of the $18.4 billion allocated by the U.S. for Iraq's reconstruction. You can find quick responses to your questions and register to receive information on business opportunities. There's information on market opportunities, trade events, the business climate, and useful links.

There are more useful links to Iraq at the FITA site. Simply go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to "Middle East/Africa" and click on Iraq. Or, you can type "Iraq" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS


Here's a site I'm going to recommend to my niece who's looking for a career in international business. FITA Career Headquarters ( http://www.fita.org/jobs ) is a new, highly interactive job board where international employers and job seekers can find each other efficiently and cost-effectively.

If you're a job seeker, you can use FITA Career Headquarters to apply for jobs and post your resume free of charge in an exclusive database ( http://careerhq.fita.org/search.cfm ) that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking people with international degrees and/or related work experience. You can also create a variety of job search agents that will trigger an alert when a job matches your criteria. Plus, you can store resumes, cover letters, and letters of recommendation in one central place -- saving you time and trouble.

There's good news for employers, too. Unlike the shotgun approach adopted by general interest recruiting sites, FITA Career Headquarters helps you target your candidates with precision, and streamline your internal HR policies. There are no fancy forms to fill out, nothing to fax back, no invoices to keep track of. Once your job is listed on the system you'll be able to search the international resume database, create search agents so your ideal employee's credentials will be e-mailed directly to you, and use a variety of online reporting tools. Click here ( http://careerhq.fita.org/post.cfm ) to register on FITA Career Headquarters and begin posting jobs:

For more information on how your company can post jobs on FITA Career Headquarters, or to learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Corbett at kcorbett@fita.org or 617.742.9555.

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BUYERS WORLDWIDE FIND NEW BUSINESS POTENTIAL AT THE CHINA SOURCING FAIRS
http://www.chinasourcingfair.com

The China Sourcing Fairs, organized by Global Sources, bring together volume buyers with international-standard manufacturers from all over China to one convenient location in Shanghai. Buyers can benchmark and source from new, competitive China suppliers more effectively than ever before.

The Electronics & Components Fair had 17,700 visitors in April 2004. It will feature 100% more exhibitors than last year's show and is now the largest electronics show of its kind. The first Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement Fairs, in April 2004, drew 20,200 buyers from 137 countries.

The Electronics & Components Fair runs from October 11 - 13, 2004 at the Shanghai Mart. The Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement Fairs are co-located at the Shanghai Mart and INTEX and run from October 25 - 27, 2004. Buyers can register for the shows, reserve a hotel room in Shanghai and arrange a China visa at www.chinasourcingfair.com.


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COUNTRY AND REGIONAL SEARCH ENGINES


I profiled Country and Regional Search Engines ( http://www.philb.com/countryse.htm ) several years ago, but it's worth a new look because the site's creator, Phil Bradley, has continued to add new listings, and he's now up to 2,086 search engines in 216 countries, territories and regions. This is the site to visit if you want to search for a mining company in Mongolia, a falconry club in Estonia, a restaurant in Antigua, or just about anything else.

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INTRODUCING DHL - Take a Look!
http://fita.org/marketplace/dhl.html

FITA is pleased to announce an exciting new program for U.S.-based subscribers. DHL offers a full range of domestic and international shipping services, covering over 220 countries around the globe.

Use DHL for your express courier needs and save ---up to 25%.

DHL and FITA are a perfect fit. DHL, the world's leading express delivery and logistics company, recently announced that it is the Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider of the United States Olympic Team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. DHL will provide express delivery services to and from Athens for U.S. athletes, United States Olympic Committee staff, volunteers, and attending sponsors.

Find out more about the DHL benefits or to set up an account contact the dedicated association hotline at 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377, 8AM to 7PM, ET) or log onto http://fita.org/marketplace/dhl.html. Be sure to ask for the special FITA subscriber discounts.


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NEWSPAPERS.COM

When Hurricane Charley roared through southwest Florida last week, I wanted to know what was happening in Naples, Florida, where my family has vacationed for years. To get the full story, I read the online version of the Naples Daily News. I found it through Newspapers.com ( http://www.newspapers.com ), a portal to online newspapers worldwide. There are thousands of newspapers available on the Web, and you'll find the one you want in seconds at this site. You can search by keyword, or by category (USA, International, Top 10, Business, Entertainment, Religious, etc.). You can also search college newspapers, movie listings and reviews, weather reports, and more.

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