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  Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Issue 154 Volume 7 Number 3  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• MALAYSIA
Our Featured Country
• FIND SUCCESS WITH THE TRADE GUIDE FOR MUSLIM COUNTRIES
Trade Information about North Africa, the Middle East, Africa and Asia
• WHERE TO SET UP SHOP -- WORLD BANK RANKINGS
Information about Business Conditions Worldwide
• WEB SITES FOR KIDS
Sites You Can Trust, from the ALA'S "Great Web Sites for Kids"
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Export Manager

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals.

Looking east to build your trade portfolio? I have a site in this issue that will help you get started in the Malaysian market. Also, if you want to develop trade with Muslim countries, I have a great portal to that market. Want to know the countries around the world that make it easy for you to do business? I have a site with data from the World Bank about that very subject. Finally, I found a site with reviews of safe, educational (and fun!) sites for children, parents, and teachers.

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.

MALAYSIA
Our Featured Country

Malaysia has a long history of trade with its neighbors, exporting spices and porcelain in the early days and tin, rubber, and palm oil today. The country has a healthy economy, averaging around five percent growth over the last three years, and it imported US $127 billion in 2006. It's worth investigating as a trade market, and a good place to do that is the Malaysia page ( http://vlmy.geneva21.biz ) at the World Wide Web Virtual Library. This is a page of links to information about Malaysia, and you'll find a lot to sink your teeth into here. Click on the categories in the left column, and you'll find links to: news, statistics, government agencies, travel and tourism information, Malaysian business associations, trade portals, guides to doing business in Malaysia, banking & finance information, country profiles, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Malaysia Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/malaysia.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Malaysia Mini Portal has an overview of the country, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, Malaysian markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Malaysia.

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 Malaysia 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 an excellent book about doing business in Malaysia. Check out Culture Shock! Malaysia.

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FIND SUCCESS WITH THE TRADE GUIDE FOR MUSLIM COUNTRIES
Trade Information about North Africa, the Middle East, Africa and Asia

If you're interested in trade with any of the dozens of Muslim countries, a good place to start your research is the Trade Guide for Muslim Countries ( http://www.muslimtrade.net/tradeguideline ) at the Muslim Trade Network. Here you'll find country profiles, with information about each country's main imports & exports, trading partners, trade regulations, banking system, taxes & duties, ports, distribution system, and more. Go to the main page ( http://www.muslimtrade.net/b2b ) and you'll find ways to post buy and sell offers, research companies, and post catalogs.

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LANGUAGE BARRIERS & MEDICAL EMERGENCIES – A Frightening Combination
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WHERE TO SET UP SHOP -- WORLD BANK RANKINGS
Information about Business Conditions Worldwide

Running a successful business is a challenge anywhere, but it can be especially daunting to set up shop in a foreign country. Regulations, paperwork, taxes, licenses, the labor situation -- all these factors and more can impact the business. Success involves a lot more than just hanging a sign out and displaying your wares. At the World Bank's Doing Business Economy Rankings ( http://www.doingbusiness.org/EconomyRankings/ ) there are statistics to show you which countries make it easy for you to do business, and which make it hard. This site ranks countries according to factors such as how easy it is to start a business, deal with licenses, employ workers, register property, get credit, pay taxes, and so on. This is a great site to visit to get a snapshot of a country's receptiveness to foreign business, and as such it's a good place to start your research.

The World Bank's "Doing Business" project has asked FITA to have our readers fill out a survey about business conditions throughout the word. the results will improve the scope of the "Doing Business" program. we hope you can participate. Just click here to do the survey online or click here to download it and the submit it to the World Bank by email. Thank you!



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WEB SITES FOR KIDS
Sites You Can Trust, from the ALA'S "Great Web Sites for Kids"

Like most children, my kids spend a lot of time on the Internet, and like most parents, I try to monitor what they're doing when they're online. Now I've found a site that I can trust to steer us in the right direction. It's the American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids. This site has profiles of hundreds of fun, interesting, and educational sites that kids will love. Each site is rated as appropriate for Pre K, Elementary, Middle School children, or parents. There are sites here for every subject and interest, and kids will enjoy them whether they're looking for an answer or just an interesting place to while away some time.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Export Manager

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 Export Manager for Mouser Electronics, Inc. a fast-growing electronics component distributor in Mansfield, Texas. 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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