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  Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Issue 184 Volume 8 Number 7  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SLOVAKIA
Our Featured Country
• BEST BUSINESS CLIMATES
Reports about Ease of Doing Business in 178 Countries
• WHAT'S CHINA BUYING?
Find Out at China World Importers Net
• BREAKING NEWS FROM EUROPE
Newsfeeds from More Than 300 European Newspapers
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import/Export Manager

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnellwith four more sites to help you achieve success in international trade.

Slovakia has made a fast transition to a market economy, and I found a Web site that will help you make the most of Slovakia's possibilities. Want to know which countries make it easiest for you to do business? I have a site from the World Bank that will give you all the details. Get the inside story on what Chinese companies are buying, at the site I profile in this issue. Finally, if you want news about Europe that's updated every 20 minutes, check out the site I feature below.

And don't forget -- if you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's Really Useful Links ( http://fita.org/webindex ), which has a link library of more than 8,000 sites related to international trade.

SLOVAKIA
Our Featured Country

Even though it has only been an independent nation since 1993, the region of Slovakia has a long history of trade. Located at the crossroads of Central Europe, its people traded with many countries and empires over the centuries. Today, Slovakia has made the transition to a modern market economy, and it is one of the newest members of the European Union. Slovakia's economic growth has exceeded expectations in the period 2001-2007, and it is one of the world's top 50 importers and exporters. If this sounds like a country you'd want to research, go to Slovakia Business And Economy ( http://www.panorama.sk/go/clanky/67.asp?lang=en&sv=1 ). This page has links to many sources of information about the Slovakian economy. You'll find news, statistics, profiles, reports, contacts, a calendar of exhibitions and trade fairs, currency exchange rates, a directory of Slovak companies, economic surveys, and more.

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

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 Slovakia 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/).

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BEST BUSINESS CLIMATES
Reports about Ease of Doing Business in 178 Countries

There are hundreds of countries in the world, and some make it easier than others to conduct business. The last thing you want as a foreign businessperson is to get bogged down in endless regulations, paperwork, or political shenanigans (including bribery). There's an excellent guide to the ease of doing business in countries worldwide at the World Bank's Doing Business 2008 ( http://www.doingbusiness.org ). Here you'll find reports on such things as starting a business, dealing with licenses, getting credit, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and more. You can even compare cities within a country, or you can take a macro view by clicking on the "Business Planet" world map, to see all the countries of the world on a map that's color-coded for ease of doing business.

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WHAT'S CHINA BUYING?
Find Out at China World Importers Net

Everyone knows that China is a major world exporter, but you may not know that it's also the fifth largest importer in the world. If you'd like to research the market for your products in China, a good site to visit is China World Importers Net ( http://win.mofcom.gov.cn/en/ ). This site, sponsored by the Chinese government, has a wealth of information about Chinese importers. You can search dozens of industries and find Chinese companies, with contact information, company profiles, news, trade leads, upcoming trade events, catalogs, business directories, and much more. You can get more information if you register, and registration is free.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM EUROPE
Newsfeeds from More Than 300 European Newspapers

If you like to keep up with the news in Europe, visit eufeeds ( http://www.eufeeds.eu ). This new site has feeds from over 300 European newspapers, updated every 20 minutes. Just click on the flag of whatever country you're interested in, and you'll get a page of links to breaking stories from that country's newspapers. The really cool thing is that when you scroll your mouse over a headline you'll see the first paragraph of the story, so you can decide if you want to read further. If you click on the headline the story opens in a separate window. This is a quick and easy way to stay up to date on European news, and it's worth bookmarking.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import/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 an Import/Export Manager for the Kelly Pipe Co. a leading supplier of pipe, valves & fittings, located in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

Employers - Click here to advertise your job openings on FITA's Career HQ.

Let the jobs come to you! Employers are looking for people with international skills. Post your resume TODAY and reap the rewards of the FITA Career HQ! And with a FITA Career HQ job agent, you can decide what kind of job you are looking for and let the system do the searching for you. Simply set up specific search parameters in a Job Agent, and whenever a job is posted that matches your criteria, you'll be notified automatically via email. It's that easy!

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