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  Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Issue 189 Volume 8 Number 12  
This issue sponsored by B2X

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• EGYPT
Our Featured Country
• FOR A WHO'S WHO IN CHINA, GO TO CHINA VITAE
Find China's Leaders
• EVERYTHING ABOUT CARS AT AUTOMOTOPORTAL
Guide to the Auto Industry
• LINKS TO 15 RIDICULOUSLY USEFUL SITES
More and More Useful
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade Compliance Specialist

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell with more sites to help you research markets for international trade.

Egypt's economy has shown promising growth, and I have a site in this issue that will help you get started in this market. Also, if you want to follow the movers and shakers in China, I have a site that will keep you updated on their doings. Whatever you want to know about the worldwide auto industry, I have a site that will have the information. Finally, I have a list of 15 "ridiculously useful" sites that you'll probably end up bookmarking like I did.

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.

EGYPT
Our Featured Country

Egypt has had good GDP growth in the last several years, with a high of seven percent in 2007. The government has reduced tax rates and energy subsidies, and continued a trend toward privatization that was begun decades ago. Trade figures are promising -- Egypt was 51st in the world in imports in 2007, and 63rd in exports. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research further, a good site to visit is the Ministry of Trade and Finance's Egyptian International Trade Point ( http://www.tpegypt.gov.eg ). Here you'll find: news, success stories, trade statistics, business directories, trade leads, a calendar of trade fairs & exhibitions, market studies, economic indicators, shipping & freight information, useful sites, and lots more. There's a lot to explore at this site, and you'll fined plenty of useful information.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Egypt Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/egypt.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Egypt Mini Portal has an overview of Egypt, 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 Egypt. 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 Egypt 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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FOR A WHO'S WHO IN CHINA, GO TO CHINA VITAE
Find China's Leaders

Anyone who wants to do business in China (and these days that includes almost everybody) should know who the movers and shakers are. You can find out a lot about the people who make things run in China by going to ChinaVitae ( http://www.chinavitae.com ). China Vitae has a database with biographies of more than 3000 current Chinese political, military, business, academic, and media leaders. The capsule biographies show the leader's place of origin, education, work history and organizational affiliations. They're a great way to get background information on someone you may be dealing with, if you do business in China. Click on "Research Center" to search by a person's name, institution, role, or location. You can also scroll down the page and click on "Prominent Chinese Families" to get another perspective. China Vitae also lets you search for relationships among biographies, such as if two people worked at the same company at some point in their careers. Finally, there is a database which tracks the public appearances of several hundred senior Chinese officials, allowing you to follow the daily activities of these VIPs who influence Chinese policies.

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EVERYTHING ABOUT CARS AT AUTOMOTOPORTAL
Guide to the Auto Industry

You don't have to be a car buff to be concerned about the automobile industry, especially with the price of gas these days. That's why AutoMotoPortal ( http://www.automotoportal.com ) is a site you'll want to visit. This automotive Web portal brings you the latest automotive news from all over the world. Whether it's the U.S., European, or Asian market, there are stories and pictures here about 53 different car manufacturers and their latest products. Unlike some other automotive sites, AutoMotoPortal does not sell cars or parts. All it provides is news and information about everything to do with the automotive industry.

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LINKS TO 15 RIDICULOUSLY USEFUL SITES
More and More Useful

I won't say that I coined the phrase "really useful Web sites", but I did start using it in my newsletter way back in 1997, which is ancient in Internet years. Maybe I was a visionary, because there are so many lists of useful sites nowadays. One I like is 15 Ridiculously Useful Websites ( http://www.webupon.com/Web-Talk/15-Ridiculously-Useful-Websites.50487 ), which has a selection of, well, useful sites. There are sites here you'll find useful for fitness, health, travel, cooking, discount shopping, job-hunting, product reviews, book reviews, and music, among others. Also, since this is a blog post, scroll down the screen and you'll find recommendations from readers about dozens more useful sites.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Trade Compliance Specialist

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 Compliance Specialist for Entegris, Inc. in Billerica, MA. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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