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  Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Issue 132 Volume 6 Number 6  
This issue sponsored by Thomas Global Register

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SOUTH AFRICA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• A BASIC GUIDE TO EXPORTING
• LAPTOP CONNECTION CARD VS. PDA FOR INTERNET ACCESS ON THE ROAD
• WORLD WIDE INTERNET TV
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Hello International Traders!

South Africa has a lot to offer the international businessperson, and I have a site in this issue that will help you get started in this growing market. Next, trade is made simple at a site I found where you can download a useful guide to exporting. Want to find out where the wireless connections are around the world? I have a site where you can do that. Finally, I have a site with a database of TV shows you can watch right on your computer -- how cool is 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.

SOUTH AFRICA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

One market that looks promising these days is South Africa. It's a country with lots of natural resources; a well-developed infrastructure; a strong financial sector (its stock exchange is among the 10 largest in the world); and a commitment to liberalizing trade.

If you want to research business opportunities in South Africa, go to Trade With South Africa ( http://www.southafrica.info/doing_business/sa_trade ), which will give you lots of tips. Click on a headline and you can read articles that will give you plenty of how-to information about importing and exporting. The categories in the left column will round out your education, with an overview of the country, travel tips, a map, a calendar of events, economic stats (there are also good stats at http://www.dti.gov.za/econdb/raportt/rapmenu1.html), and much more.

Another good resource is the South Africa Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/safrica.html ), one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, South African markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet. There's also a news feed with the latest headlines from South Africa.

Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The South Africa Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the newly redesigned FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has some excellent books about doing business in the EU. Check out Business Opportunities in the New South Africa and Passport South Africa: Your Pocket Guide to South African Business, Customs & Etiquette. And the South African Chamber of Commerce America is a FITA member association. Check out their website for more resources about doing business with South Africa.

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A BASIC GUIDE TO EXPORTING

Exporting can be a lucrative field, but it's not something you can jump into without any training. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll learn something from A Basic Guide To Exporting ( http://www.unzco.com/basicguide/toc.html ), published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, in cooperation with Unz & Co., Inc. This online guide has 16 chapters of practical information about: developing an export plan, market research, distribution, making contacts, licensing, service exports, shipping your product, methods of payment, financing strategies, cultural factors, delivery options, and more. The Guide is a few years old, and although some information may have changed, the basic principles still apply. This is something you should print out and keep on your desk for ready reference.

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LAPTOP CONNECTION CARD VS. PDA FOR INTERNET ACCESS ON THE ROAD

Many people wonder why they need a Connection Card when they have a PDA. A PDA is a device which allows the user to respond to various things. These include phone calls, voicemails, e-mails and text messages - issues that often require immediate attention.

A Connection Card allows you to work. Have you every tried to view, much less manipulate, a spreadsheet on your Treo? Can you craft a carefully worded email on your Blackberry? Does your PDA have spell check? A Connection Card allows you to work without a hard connection to the internet. You can download files now at an average speed of 400 to 700 kbs. If it is on the server at your workplace, you can get it with your Connection Card on the road.

Your laptop won’t fit in your pocket but it has access to all your folders!

A PDA keeps you in contact with the world around you. A Connection Card allows you to control it. How can a Connection Card improve how you do business away from your place of business? http://www.fita.org/marketplace/sprintpcs.html

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WORLD WIDE INTERNET TV

The line between computers and televisions is getting blurrier every day. There are more TV broadcasts coming online on a daily basis, and if you have the proper software (Realplayer, Media Player, etc.) and a fast Internet connection, you can watch TV on your computer monitor. To see what's available, go to World Wide Internet TV ( http://wwitv.com ), where you can search for live feeds from 1228 TV stations in hundreds of countries. What's on? The same lineup you'd see by flicking through the channels on your TV -- news, entertainment, movies, and music, to name a few.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

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. Featured job this week is for an International Business Development Specialist in Casablanca, Morocco for Nathan Associates, Inc, an international consulting firm. 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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