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  Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Issue 197 Volume 8 Number 20  
This issue sponsored by Euromoney Seminars

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IN THIS ISSUE:
• AUSTRALIA
Our Featured Country
• GEOHIVE HAS ALL THE STATS
All the Statistics you Need
• USEFUL COUNTRY INFORMATION AT ECRAT.COM
Links for Many Countries
• WHERE ARE YOUR COUSINS? FIND OUT AT PUBLIC PROFILER
Where do People Have Your Family Name?
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of International Sales & Marketing

Hello International Traders!

Greetings from John McDonnell, here with more sites to help you succeed in the area of global trade.

Australia has had 16 years of economic expansion, and I have a site in this issue that will help you share in this economic success story. Plus, I found a site with tons of useful statistics about every country in the world. I've also got another site to bookmark for research about economies worldwide. Finally, I have a fun site where you can research the geographic distribution of your surname -- and you're bound to have some surprises here.

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.

AUSTRALIA
Our Featured Country

The Australian economy has experienced 16 years in a row of expansion, and this trend is expected to continue. Australia has developed a strong export market for raw materials and agricultural products, and the country has benefited from close ties to China. If this sounds like a country you'd like to do business with, go to the Australia page at GlobalEDGE™ (http://globaledge.msu.edu/countryInsights/links.asp?countryID=155®ionID=6), a Web portal at Michigan State University. There are lots of links here to useful information about Australia, including: an overview of the country, statistics, research papers, magazine articles, news headlines, industry profiles, government agencies links, legal & tax information, a directory of suppliers, a trade show calendar, stock market data, useful contacts, and much more. Take your time investigating these links: you'll find enough information here to keep you occupied for days.

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

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 Australia 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 ).

The following organizations are FITA member associations. Their sites offer more resources about doing business with Australia:



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GEOHIVE HAS ALL THE STATS
All the Statistics you Need

I love sites like GeoHive (http://www.geohive.com), not only because they let you find important economic and population statistics (ranking of countries by GDP, exports, imports, etc.) but also because they satisfy my love for interesting facts. I don't know too many sites where you can find a list of the 25 highest mountains in the world, or the 25 largest bodies of water, but you can find those lists at GeoHive. There's a large collection of data at this site, and you can find it easily. One of my favorite sections is Global Data, where you can find things like regional population figures from 1750 to 2050, plus projections for population growth by country.

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

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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:
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USEFUL COUNTRY INFORMATION AT ECRAT.COM
Links for Many Countries

Another site to bookmark is Ecrat.com (http://www.ecrat.com). This site has a collection of links to useful sites, and it's surprisingly comprehensive. Click on "Country Information" and you'll see links to a wide variety of perspectives on countries, including: economic, cultural, political, human rights & corruption, public health, trade agreements, and more. Click on "Tools & Resources" and you'll find calculators, calendars, conversion tables, encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, procurement & contract guides, and libraries, to name a few. I found the country government sites particularly interesting, but there are plenty of other categories to explore.

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WHERE ARE YOUR COUSINS? FIND OUT AT PUBLIC PROFILER
Where do People Have Your Family Name?

I had tons of fun at Public Profiler (http://www.publicprofiler.org/worldnames). At this site you can type in a surname and you'll get a map and statistics showing the frequency of that name in the world. I typed in my name and found to my surprise that it occurs far more frequently in Australia than it does in my home country, the United States. There are also a fair number of people with the name "McDonnell" in Argentina, which was another surprise to me. You could get a surprise like that if you search on your naem, but even if you don't this site has plenty to offer. Whether you're doing research on your family history, or you just want to while away some time searching for the frequency of various last names, this site will entertain and educate you.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
Director of International Sales & Marketing

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 Director of International Sales & Marketing for IRD,LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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