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  Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Issue 110 Volume 5 Number 10  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SPAIN -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• OECD COUNTRY WEB SITES
• INTERNATIONAL TAX LAWS BY COUNTRY
• ALA GREAT WEB SITES FOR KIDS
• FULL PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS POSITION FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

Hello International Traders!

Spain has a fast-growing economy and plenty of trade opportunities, so in this issue I profile a site that will get you up to speed on the Spanish economy in no time. Next, I have a site with detailed country profiles, so you can get the inside story on hundreds of economies around the world. If you have questions about international taxes, I have a site that will answer them. Finally, I found a site with enough links to kid- friendly sites to keep a young Internet surfer busy for hours!

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.

SPAIN -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

With its location on the tip of Europe, Spain has long been a crossroads for traffic between Europe and Africa. Trade is a big part of the Spanish economy, with US $172 billion in exports and US $222 billion in imports during 2004. Another good thing is that Spain is part of the European Union, and has lowered many trade restrictions as a result. If you want to research trade opportunities with Spain, a good place to start is STAT-USA Market Research Reports ( http://strategis.gc.ca/epic/internet/inimr- ri2.nsf/en/gr-01000e.html ). This is a page at Strategis, a Canadian government site, that links to STAT-USA, a U.S. agency that has a wealth of research information about countries worldwide. Simply scroll down the country list till you come to Spain, then click on one of the six different reports that are available. The reports have everything from overviews of the Spanish economy to detailed reports on specific industries, and you can also find information on trade leads, contacts, laws & regulations, and useful tips for trade with Spain.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a many books about doing business in Spain. Check out especially Spain (Culture Shock!), Passport Spain, and Doing Business with Spain.

There are many more links to Spain at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex/index.html, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Latin America and Caribbean and click on Spain in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Spain" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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OECD COUNTRY WEB SITES


I'm always looking for sites with good statistics about countries, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came upon the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Country Web Sites ( http://www.oecd.org/countrieslist/0,3025,en_33873108_33844430_1_1 _1_1_1,00.html ). The OECD is an organization that was formed after World War II to foster economic development, and it currently has 30 member countries, and active relationships with 70 other countries. At this site you'll find a trove of information about OECD member and non-member countries. Just click on a country name, and then on "Statistics", and you'll find links to statistical profiles that are rich with information.

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MEDJET ASSISTANCE: PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
http://www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm

A medical doctor from West Virginia was on vacation with his wife in Rome recently when they had an extreme medical emergency. As MEDJET Assistance members, they made a collect call to the 24 hour hotline and received quick assistance.

They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our deep appreciation for your rapid and professional response to our medical emergency in Rome. We were amazed at how you took care of the most minute detail and made it possible for us to return to medical care in the States as quickly as possible. When we tell people about our experience and how expertly you handled our return to the United States they cannot believe that this could be done so expertly and efficiently."

MEDJET Assistance is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MEDJET Assistance member now at reduced FITA rates.

MEDJET Assistance publishes a free brochure, "A Guide To Traveling Smart". Contact MEDJET Assistance directly at (800) 963-3538 to order it. Make sure to mention FITA to get the FITA discount if you enroll.


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INTERNATIONAL TAX LAWS BY COUNTRY

Doing my annual tax return is not my favorite activity -- in fact, reading the instructions is enough to make me reach for a drink. But taxes are a fact of life, and if you can't love them, you at least need to try to understand them. That's why International Tax Laws By Country ( http://www.law-library.info/page/tax-international.htm ) is such a useful site. Here you'll find links to hundreds of sites about taxes, categorized by country. There are sites about tax policy, regulations, instructions, advice, various types of taxes, tax software, and much more. Visiting this site will probably make things easier for you when it comes time to file your taxes.

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ALA GREAT WEB SITES FOR KIDS

Although I've heard teachers say the Internet is a tremendous learning tool for children, I often wonder about that, when I see my kids spending hours at the keyboard playing games or gossiping with their friends online. Now I can tap into the Internet's educational potential, because I discovered ALA Great Web Sites For Kids ( http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section= greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm ). This American Library Association site has hundreds of recommended sites, and they're fun, educational, and worthwhile. On my quick tour of the site I discovered links to sites about beekeeping, insects, dinosaurs, the solar system, the Amazon river, science experiments, museum exhibits, and much more. One really neat thing about this site is that the links are categorized by age (Pre-K through Middle School, or parents/teachers), and there are descriptions of every site.

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FULL PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS POSITION FROM FITA'S CAREER HQ

In the new FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. A featured job this week is for an Full Professor Position in International Business in the Department of Marketing & International Business at the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College (City University of New York). Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! And click here if you are an employer looking for uniquely qualified internationally-skilled staff.

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