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  Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Issue 142 Volume 6 Number 16  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• EVERYTHING INTERNATIONAL
• AIRLINEPORTAL.ORG
• INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CALENDAR
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - TRADE FINANCE ANALYST

Hello International Traders!

In this issue, I look to the Caribbean and find a site for a country -- the Dominican Republic -- that's on the upswing economically. Also, I have a site with hundreds of links related to international trade, meticulously compiled by a college professor. If you fly a lot, you'll love the site I found that has links to airlines and airports worldwide. Finally, I have a site that sports fans will love -- the International Sports Calendar.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

The Dominican Republic, as part of the island of Santo Domingo, has a long history of trade. From its earliest history it was a center of commerce in the Caribbean, and attracted the attention of pirates (although the trade they engaged in was not the voluntary kind). Today, the country continues to have a healthy rate of trade -- in 2005 it had US $5.8 billion in exports and US $9.7 billion in imports.

If you'd like to learn more about trade with the Dominican Republic, a good site to visit is the Dominican Republic Embassy in the United Kingdom ( http://www.dominicanembassy.org.uk ). Read the country description to get a good overview of the Dominican Republic's history, politics, economy, tourism industry, and more. Then, click on "Commerce" to learn about the country's Centre for Export and Investment, and see a detailed list of the main imports and exports, plus other information about trade and investment in the Dominican Republic. Click on "Links" and you'll find contact information for various governmental agencies and business directories.

The Dominican Republic is one of the signatories of the CAFTA-DR free trade agreement, which has created the second-largest U.S. export market in Latin America. To learn more about this agreement, go to the CAFTA-DR ( http://www.export.gov/fta/complete/CAFTA/index.asp?dName=CAFTA ) page at the Export.Gov portal.

Another good resource is the Dominican Republic Useful Links page ( http://fita.org/countries/dr.html ) at the FITA site. This page has a collection of links that will help you research trade opportunities with the Dominican Republic. You'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The FITA site has lots of useful information about countries worldwide. Just click on "Country Profiles" ( http://fita.org/countries ), or type the country name at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

FITA's Global Trade Book Store has an excellent book about doing business in the Dominican Republic. Check out the Dominican Republic Investors Handbook and Business Guide, published by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic. And the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a member of FITA. Check out their website for more resources about doing business with the Dominican Republic and other countries in the Caribbean.

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EVERYTHING INTERNATIONAL

I thought I'd written about Everything International ( http://faculty.philau.edu/russowl/russow.html ) in Really Useful Sites before, although I can't find a record of it. This site has been around for ten years, and it's full of reliable, current, and inexpensive links to international business information. It's maintained by a college professor, Lloyd C. Russow, which is a good sign that the information is bias-free. Just click on a category at the home page and you'll see hundreds of links, all of them annotated with Professor Russow's comments, and cross- linked to other categories. The links are checked for accuracy every ten days, so you won't find any broken or dead links here. And if you do nothing else, make sure you visit the "Village of 1,000" page, which has a fascinating perspective on world demographic statistics.

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DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE AN INDIA STRATEGY?
A US Department of Commerce Business Development Mission to India

http://export.gov/indiamission

India, the world’s fastest growing free-market democracy, presents lucrative opportunities for all types of businesses - especially U.S. companies. U.S. companies have the chance to make or increase sales in this booming market by joining the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration Business Development Mission to India. Under Secretary for International Trade Franklin L. Lavin will lead the Mission with coordination by the U.S. Commercial Service in the United States and India. Click here for more information.


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AIRLINEPORTAL.ORG

Here's a site you world travelers will find useful. Airlineportal.org ( http://www.airlineportal.org ) has directories of hundreds of airline Web sites worldwide. What's nice about this is that each listing has a description of the airline, what type of planes it uses, and where it flies. There are links to each airline's Web site, where you can look up more information. There are also links to airports, hotels, travel guides, airline products (including planes for sale), and dozens of weather forecasts.

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INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CALENDAR

Even the most rabid sports fan may not know there's such a thing as the World Orienteering Championships. I know all about it, however, because I visited the International Sports Calendar ( http://www.olympic.org/uk/news/calendars/calendar_sports_uk.asp ). This site is a sports fan's dream, because it gives you a schedule of athletic events in dozens of sports worldwide up to several years in advance. You'll be surprised at how much is going on in sports like cycling, shooting, volleyball, sailing, powerboating, bridge, bowling, basketball, rowing, handball, and many more. There are links to sites with more information about these events, plus sports news, Olympic Games information, profiles of Olympic athletes, and more.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - TRADE FINANCE ANALYST

In the 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 a Trade Finance Analyst in New York, NY for IIG Capital, a company that offers international merchants, traders and processors with alternative forms of short-term financing for qualified trade-related and commercial finance transactions. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions! Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

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