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  Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Issue 194 Volume 8 Number 17  
This issue sponsored by Euromoney Seminars

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• HUNGARY
Our Featured Country
• FREE COUNTRY RESEARCH AT FDI.NET
Free Reports about Emerging Markets
• GET THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS AT WEB 2.0 TRAVEL TOOLS
A Travel Resource
• CUIL -- THE NEW SEARCH ENGINE IN TOWN
New Search Technology
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import Compliance Specialist

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here with another batch of useful sites from John McDonnell, your expert in Web searching.

Hungary is a Central European success story, and I have a site in this issue that will help you get a foothold in this booming market. Want free reports about emerging markets? I have a World Bank site where you can find them. If you like to stay up to date on the latest travel sites, I found a blog you'll want to bookmark. Finally, I found a new search engine that's big and fast and worth a try.

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.

HUNGARY
Our Featured Country

Of all the former Central European communist countries, Hungary has made the most progress in converting to a market-based economy. It has attracted billions in foreign investment, and its trade figures are robust -- it is in the top 40 countries worldwide for both imports and exports. If this sounds like a country you'd like to research, a good site to visit is the Hungarian Investment And Trade Development Agency (http://www.itdh.com). This government-based site has lots of information, including news, headlines, weather, travel tips, a guide to setting up a business in Hungary, statistics, industry profiles, detailed trade leads, publications, success stories, investors' testimonials, useful links, and much more.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Hungary Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/hungary.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Hungary Mini Portal has an overview of Hungary, 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 Hungary.

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 Hungary 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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FREE COUNTRY RESEARCH AT FDI.NET
Free Reports about Emerging Markets

When I started writing this newsletter in the mid-1990s there were lots of free sources of information on the Internet. Nowadays the trend is to charge for information, and there aren't as many free sources left. That's why I like it when I find a site that is still providing good information for free. FDI.net (http://www.fdi.net) is a site like that. It used to be called IPAnet, and it was a World Bank agency that had a database of country research anyone could use. Now it has a new name and it's been combined with another World Bank agency, but you can still find free country research at this site. It's geared to foreign direct investment, but anyone in the international trade field will find useful information here. Go to the Information Locator, in the top left column, and click on the industry sector and country you're interested in, and you'll get a list of links to articles, reports, and studies about that area. You'll find: information on specific investment opportunities; business and legal environments; up-to-the-minute feeds on news and events; links to investment promotion agencies and location consultants; a quick-search by sector and/or country; case studies; sources of investment finance, and more.

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9th Annual Global Export Finance Conference
27th 29th October 2008, Radisson Hotel, Berlin

http://www.euromoneyseminars.com/GEF08

The Global Export Finance Conference is the annual meeting of the export finance industry. Now in it’s ninth year, this conference attracts an array of over 350 exporters, importers, agencies, financiers, insurers and lawyers from across the world.

Throughout the last decade the conference has seen many changes dictated by economic conditions and their impact on the industry.  We are now entering a time when corporates are looking at export finance solutions more than at any time over the last few years. ECAs, only a few years ago being urged to reform drastically, now have the opportunity to demonstrate how they are able to underwrite deals in challenging times. Export finance departments are now among the busiest in their respective banks.

Simply put, 2008/9 offers an opportunity for export finance to earn its stripes.

The 2008 conference will be held in Berlin – an historic city which represents not only the political machinery of one of the world’s major manufacturing nations; but also a thriving international city, as appealing to tourists as to the global business community.

Whatever your role within the export finance world, register now for the industry’s annual gathering at:
www.euromoneyseminars.com/STEFB08
Email: registrations@euromoneyplc.com
Call: +44 (0)207 779 8099


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GET THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS AT WEB 2.0 TRAVEL TOOLS
A Travel Resource

There are so many cool travel Web sites coming online every day that it takes a blog to keep up with them. Web 2.0 Travel Tools (http://web20travel.blogspot.com ) is a blog that reviews some of the newer and flashier travel sites (Web 2.0 means sites that have lots of user-generated information). When I visited it recently there were profiles of sites for generating maps (including one that maps attractions on your route); trip planning; travel podcasts; social networks about travel; sites where you can research a destination; and much more.

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CUIL -- THE NEW SEARCH ENGINE IN TOWN
New Search Technology

Search engines are like gunslingers in the Old West: when you're Number One, there's always somebody trying to knock you off. I remember when Lycos and then AltaVista were the top guns -- then, along came Yahoo and Google. Now, there's a new guy in town. It's called Cuil (http://www.cuil.com), which is an old Irish word for knowledge. Cuil claims to be the largest search engine in the world, and that it searches three times as many pages as Google. It certainly is fast -- when I did some searches recently the results came back in seconds. The search results have descriptions, so you can see if each site is worth visiting, and there's also a way to explore each topic by category, so you can target your searches better. I don't know if Cuil will be able to replace the big guns in the search engine field, but it's worth a visit to try it out.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Import 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 the Import Compliance Specialist for Entegris, Inc. in Billerica, Massachusetts. 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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