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  Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Issue 127 Volume 6 Number 1  
This issue sponsored by the FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS -- OUR FEATURED REGION
• ECRAT.COM
• FIRSTGOV
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE MANAGER
• HEALTHLINE

Hello International Traders!

Central Asia and the Caucasus is a region of great change, but great opportunity also. If you want to research trade with these countries, I have a perfect Web site where you can start. I also found a site with country profiles and other useful tools that's worth checking out. The U.S. government has millions of Web pages -- and I profile the gateway site in this issue. Finally, if you want to save time and search many health-oriented Web sites at once, check out the site I found where you can do just that!

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex/index.html ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS -- OUR FEATURED REGION

The region of Central Asia and the Caucasus comprises many countries with many types of political and economic situations. Although there has been turmoil in the region, there is also a sense of great opportunity as these countries, some of which had state-run economies until recently, adapt to the world marketplace. EurasiaNet.org ( http://eurasianet.org ) is a gateway to information about these countries, and it is a good site to bookmark. Here you'll find articles and information about eleven countries, from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. The economies range from Mongolia, which depends on herding and agriculture, to Turkey, which has a multi-dimensional modern economy. Click on a country in the left column, then a topic in the right column. You'll find news and information, human rights updates, maps and statistics, travel links, government agencies, business contacts, media links, public health sites, and more.

If you go to the FITA Country Profiles page ( http://fita.org/countries/index.html ), you'll find more resources to help you research these countries. Just click on a country, and you'll find: an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, a news feed, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. Click on "Useful Links" on each country profile and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more. And FITA's Global Trade Book Store offers Central Asia's Second Chance, a book that offers extensive insight into the current situation in the area.

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ECRAT.COM

Here's a new site that I think you'll like. Ecrat.com ( http://www.ecrat.com ), which calls itself "Today's Bureaucrat and Assistant for Business & International Aid" has some useful features. Click on "Country Information", and you'll find links to country profiles, demographics, infrastructure, corruption indexes, cultural etiquette, government agencies, public health, human rights, trade agreements, and more. Click on "Tools & Resources" and you'll find links to calculators, calendars, dictionaries, translation sites, and government portals, to name a few.

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THE FITA BUY/SELL EXCHANGE
http://fita.worldbid.com

FITA's business-to-business marketplace at http://fita.worldbid.com helps your company find more business by delivering tender opportunities, RFQ's and qualified offers to buy and sell. The FITA Buy/Sell Exchange give you access to a global network of affiliated trade sites that work together to bring together businesses across borders.

Brian Napoli of The Shadigee Co.writes "Our business has increased since using Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] At first, we did not take advantage of everything your site offers. Then, we started posting offers, researching offers and requests. Since then our business has increased fivefold."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.


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FIRSTGOV

I don't know if there's a ranking of the largest Web sites by organization, but if there is, the U.S. government has to be near the top. There are millions of pages on U.S. government sites, and it could get bewildering if not for FirstGov ( http://www.firstgov.gov ), the gateway to U.S. government sites. On FirstGov, you can search federal and state government Web sites, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Most of these pages are not available on commercial Web sites, so FirstGov is the place to start if you're looking for this kind of information. Businesses will want to click on the "Businesses and Nonprofits" tab, then click on "Information by Topic" to find what you're looking for. You can also search FirstGov by keyword, or just browse -- you can find links for everything from renewing your driver's license to buying earth-moving equipment at this site!

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE MANAGER

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 International Trade Compliance Manager for a large corporation in St. Louis, MO. 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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HEALTHLINE

If you made a resolution that you're going to stop smoking, lose weight, or take care of some nagging health problem in 2006, you'll find lots of information to help you on the Web. There are quite a few health-oriented Web sites, where you can research everything from a life-threatening medical problem to remedies for the common cold. Now there's a site, called Healthline ( http://www.healthline.com ), that lets you search multiple health sites at once. Just type in your search term, click "Health Search", and you're off. You'll find answers from the Mayo Clinic, Merck Manual, National Cancer Institute, and many other reputable sites. You can also click on "Browse Health Channels" to see a list of categories, and read up-to-date health news by clicking on "News".

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