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  Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Issue 148 Volume 6 Number 22  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• TAIWAN
Our Featured Country
• OECD COUNTRY WEB SITES
The Facts on 100 Countries
• FARECAST
Save Money on Airline Tickets
• WHERE TO LOG ON?
Use the Cybercafe Search Engine
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
b>Director, International and Regulatory Affairs

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. Have you thought about Taiwan lately? It's a country with a powerhouse economy, and I've got a site in this issue to help you research it. Also, if you want a quick way to find statistics and research on 100 countries worldwide, I've got a site that's just the ticket. Speaking of tickets, I have a site in this issue that will help you save money on airline reservations by telling you the best time to buy your ticket. Finally, if you're traveling and would like to find a cybercafe, where you can log on to the Internet while you drink your coffee, I have a search engine that will help you find one in seconds.

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.

TAIWAN
Our Featured Country

Taiwan is the world's 50th largest country in terms of population, but it ranks 18th in imports, and 19th in exports. The economy of this island nation keeps chugging along: the latest figures show a substantial trade surplus for Taiwan, and the world's third largest foreign reserves. If you'd like to research trade opportunities with this Asian market, a good place to start is the Globaledge Taiwan page ( http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/countryintro.asp?CountryID=174 ). Click on the categories (Statistics, Economy, Government, etc.) in the left column for an overview, then read the news stories in the right column for the latest issues. Under "Suggested Links" you'll find more portals to information about Taiwan, including the U.S. Commercial Service Country Commercial Guide, which gives a detailed look at Taiwanese industries.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Taiwan Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/taiwan.html ), which is one of the new features at the FITA Web site. The Taiwan Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Taiwan markets, taxes, labor market indicators, tips on doing business in Taiwan, and a search engine to help you find free 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 Taiwan Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the 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 Taiwan. Check out Business Guide to Taiwan and Culture Shock! Taiwan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette.

The Taiwan Trade Center of Santa Clara, CA and The Taiwan Trade Center of Chicago, are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Taiwan. And click here to search the FITA Member Directory for links to FITA member associations' websites.

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OECD COUNTRY WEB SITES
The Facts on 100 Countries

I wrote about OECD Country Web sites (http://www.oecd.org/countrieslist/0,3025,en_33873108_33844430_1_1_1_1_1,00.html) a few years ago, but it's a site that's worth visiting again. The OECD is an economic development organization with 30 member countries, and this site has tons of research about those countries, and a healthy amount of research on 70 non-member countries. The quickest way to find information is to click on a country name, and then on "Statistics". Just to give you an example, I clicked on "Sweden" and got a sixteen page list of links to reports, statistical studies, news, analysis and lots more about that country. There are economic forecasts, demographic studies, speeches by Swedish politicians, reviews of Sweden's energy needs, and trade policy briefs, to name just a few items. The information about non-member countries is not as detailed, but it's still worth a look (scroll down and click on "Non-Member Economies").

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LOOKING FOR A QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE?
http://careerhq.fita.org/rates.cfm

Want to Win the War for the Best International Talent? Post your jobs at FITA Career Headquarters, an internationally-focused job board that serves organizations seeking employees with international business experience. Click here to see these and other special low rates.

The FITA Career Headquarters provides a comprehensive recruiting system and searchable resume database of more than 3000 resumes from a talent pool of qualified, internationally-focused candidates. And now 20 FITA member associations are also posting the FITA Career Headquarters' job listings on their own websites, so that your job postings reach a network of more than 20,000 additional trade professionals.

Post your jobs online today. Click here to register and post your jobs.

Any questions please contact FITA Career Center Manager, Ron Romanski, at 800-331-2177 ext. 2780 or rromanski@boxwoodtech.com.


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FARECAST
Save Money on Airline Tickets

There are lots of sites now where you can compare airfares to a destination, but here's one with a new wrinkle. Farecast ( http://www.farecast.com ) compares prices, but then tells you whether you should buy a ticket now, or wait till the fares get cheaper. Airline fares are notorious for being volatile, and they can vary depending on when you make your reservation. You can save hundreds of dollars by simply waiting a week (or by making your reservation a day before the fares go up). Farecast uses sophisticated software to compute all the factors that might affect the price of a plane ticket, then gives you an educated guess as to whether you should wait or buy now. This site is still new, but it's so useful that I think it will quickly become an essential site for all travelers.

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WHERE TO LOG ON?
Use the Cybercafe Search Engine

When I lived in Paris for a short time in my 20s a favorite pastime of mine was to sit in cafes and write notes for my Great American Novel. I never finished that novel, but I still have fond memories of the cafes. Nowadays, I'd probably be sitting in a cybercafe and typing away at my notebook computer. Cybercafes, of course, are cafes and restaurants with a wireless Internet connection, and they're a great way to work, especially if you're traveling. You can find cybercafes worldwide at The Cybercafe Search Engine ( http://www.cybercaptive.com ). Just type in the name of a city or country, and you'll get a list of all the relevant cybercafes, with names, addresses, phone numbers, and even URLs. When I visited recently, the country search function was temporarily down, but you could still type in any city worldwide and get a list of cybercafes. There are also links to public Internet kiosks and terminals, where you can get online (but probably not get a cup of coffee).

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
b>Director, International and Regulatory Affairs

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 Director, International and Regulatory Affairs for the Toy Industry Association in New York City. 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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