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:
( 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.742.9555.
BUYERS WORLDWIDE FIND NEW BUSINESS POTENTIAL AT THE CHINA SOURCING FAIRS
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.
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.
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
Be sure to ask for the special FITA subscriber discounts.
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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