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  Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Issue 200 Volume 8 Number 23  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• SOUTH AFRICA
Our Featured Country
• WHERE TO FIND COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE
Know Your Competitors
• NEED LEGAL RESOURCES? TRY THIS SITE
Law And Government Resources for 230 Countries
• FIND THE BEST ONLINE DEALS AT GOTODAILY
Save Money Online
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Officer

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here, with more sites to help you succeed in global trade.

Peru has posted steady gains in GDP for a number of years, and it's a country worth investigating. I have two sites in this issue that will help you research the Peruvian economy. If you want to learn about countries in Asia, I have a site that will give you all the background data. Is the world financial crisis worrying you? Get expert information and analysis from a World Bank site I found. Finally, I have a site with links to medical information you can't find by using the major search engines.

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.

SOUTH AFRICA
Our Featured Country

South Africa has many attractive features for businesspeople: abundant natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, and energy sectors; low inflation; and a strong trade presence (top 40 in the world for both imports and exports). If this looks like an interesting country to research, go to SouthAfrica.info (http://www.southafrica.info), a Web site with lots of information about South Africa. Here you'll find information about all aspects of the country at your fingertips. There are sections on South African culture, geography, environment, history, government, media, science & technology, and sports, to name a few. Scroll down and click on the category "Doing Business With SA", and you'll find plenty of business information, including: news, reports, statistics, success stories, useful links, and more.

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

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 South Africa 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 South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA - http://www.sacca.biz) is a FITA member association. Their website offer more resources about doing business with South Africa.

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WHERE TO FIND COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE
Know Your Competitors

If you want to get established in a new market you'll need to do some competitive intelligence gathering, to see who your competitors are and what they're up to. Finding Competitive Information (http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/find/2968) is a well-written article with lots of links to sites where you can find competitive intelligence. The article is a good how-to about the process of finding competitive intelligence, and the links connect to sites that are full of solid information. Some of the sites are subscription-based databases, but others are free. This is a good place to spend the initial stages of researching a market.

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NEED LEGAL RESOURCES? TRY THIS SITE
Law And Government Resources for 230 Countries

There are hundreds of legal-oriented sites on the Web, and it can be overwhelming to sort through them all to find the information you need. If you use a portal to legal and government Web sites like the one at HG.ORG Law And Government Resources for 230 Countries (http://www.hg.org/govt.html), you'll have an easier time of it. This site has links to sites where you can find: laws, statutes, and regulations; legal experts; governnment agencies; tax information; international trade agreements; law firms; statistics; and more. Bookmark it, and you'll have all your legal links in one place.

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FIND THE BEST ONLINE DEALS AT GOTODAILY
Save Money Online

Saving money has become a passion with me these days, and because of that I love sites like gotodaily (http://www.gotodaily.com). Here you can find online coupons, deals, discounts, and hard-to-find promotional offers. You can search by keyword or browse the list of categories. When you find a coupon you like, just click on it and you can redeem it online. There are coupons here from dozens of major retailers. Another nifty feature of this site is that you can join a community of other thrifty people, and share coupons and deals. You can create photo albums and wish lists, and get tips on hot deals and discounts. You'll never miss a good deal again, with gotodaily!

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
International Trade Officer

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 International Trade Officer for ITT Communications Systems in Bohemia, NY. 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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