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  Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Issue 143 Volume 6 Number 17  
This issue sponsored by The FITA Career Headquarters

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• TUNISIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• OUR TRAVEL ASSISTANT
• PORTAL TO ASIAN INTERNET RESOURCES
• DIPLOMACY MONITOR
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - SENIOR MANAGER, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Hello International Traders!

Tunisia is a stable country in Africa with a high standard of living, and I've got a site in this issue to help you find opportunities there. Wondering about the new U.S. air travel security restrictions? I found the official site that tells you exactly what you can and cannot bring on an airplane. If you need information about anything to do with Asia, check out the Asian Internet portal I profile in this issue. Finally, I have a site that will keep you abreast of the latest diplomatic issues worldwide.

TUNISIA -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

Tunisia is a moderate Arab state that is politically stable, with a diverse economy that has produced one of the highest standards of living on the African continent. Its exports reached US $10 billion in 2005, while imports were US $13 billion.

If this sounds attractive to you as a market for international trade and you'd like to learn more, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library ( http://www.buyusainfo.net/adsearch.cfm?search_type=int&loadnav=no ), select Tunisia for your country, and click on "Go". At the next page, click on the description of the Country Commercial Guide to Tunisia. This guide, which is in PDF format, has chapters on: doing business in Tunisia; the political and economic environment; leading sectors for U.S. export and investment; trade regulations & standards; trade & project financing; business financing; and much more. The Country Commercial Guide focuses on U.S. companies, but a business from any country will find useful information here.

Another good resource is the Tunisia Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/tunisia.html), one of the new features at the FITA site. The Mini Portal is a good place to start your research. There is information about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Tunisian markets, taxes, news, labor market indicators, tips on doing business, and a search engine to help you find market research on the Internet.

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 Tunisia 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/ ).

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OUR TRAVEL ASSISTANT

With the recent news about the terrorist plot to blow up multiple airplanes, security has been tightened for air travel to and from the United States. At Our Travel Assistant ( http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/new-procedures.shtm ), the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has all the details about what you can and cannot take on an airplane. The site also has information for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions, those who need to transport special items (e.g., alcoholic beverages, firearms & ammunition, lighters & matches, medications, sporting equipment, etc.) , and traveling with children. There is also security information about traveling by passenger rail, sea, car, and mass transit.

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PORTAL TO ASIAN INTERNET RESOURCES

I like to revisit useful sites from time to time, to see if they've improved or changed in any way. The Portal to Asian Internet Resources (PAIR) ( http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/PAIR/ ) looks like it's gotten bigger, faster, and easier to use since I wrote about it in 2004. This project, put together by area studies scholars, bibliographers and subject experts based at the libraries of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota and Ohio State University, has 6,000 annotated links to resources on dozens of Asian countries. There are many ways to use the site -- you can click on a category (Economy, Education, History, Politics, Science, etc.) at the home page, do a keyword search, click on a country on the map, browse featured resources, or do a guided search. Whatever method you choose, you'll find links to high quality information about Asian countries.

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DIPLOMACY MONITOR

Diplomatic relations between countries can have a trickle-down effect on businesses and individuals, so it's not a bad idea to stay on top of what's happening in the diplomatic sphere. Diplomacy Monitor ( http://www.diplomacymonitor.com ) is a great way to do that. This site has news items and links to documents about the latest diplomatic happenings. You can browse the latest news items, stay up on the major active issues, read items relevant to specific categories (Human Rights, Commerce/Trade), and scan documents by region, issue, or country, to name just a few ways you can use this site. To give just one example of what you'll find at this site -- a story describing how China has shut down over 100 Web sites since July for copyright violations.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB - SENIOR MANAGER, SOUTHEAST ASIA

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 Senior Manager, Southeast Asia in Southeast Asia for Development Alternatives, Inc., a global consulting firm providing social and economic development solutions to governments, communities, and companies. 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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