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The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such resources, or how to reach them or their websites quickly.

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Organization Name, Description Website

US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Trade Information Center - 1(800)USA-TRADE

The website consolidates many sources of US Government information related to trade and investment.

You must now register to access country reports such as the Country Commercial Guides.  Link to register

US Department of Commerce, US Commercial Service, International Trade Administration - publishes Country Commercial Guides - annual guides to doing business in specific countries, as prepared by officers in the commercial sections of US Embassies.  The Commerce websites have been changing.  Refer to for foreign business services now.

FedStats - statistics available from more than 100 US Government agencies
Stat-USA, source for various US government publications such as the National Trade Data Bank, Country Commercial Guides, etc.
US Department of Commerce - Economics and Statistics Administration
US Dept of Commerce Economic Development Administration - deals with economic development issues such as to support community development within the US
US Department of Commerce National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) - this trade information may also be helpful for some investors, also available on CD-ROM
Commercial News USA - "The showcase for American-made products and services" - official US Commerce Department export marketing magazine, with information on trade shows relevant to the US Commercial Service programs, plus product advertising by US exporters.  Distributes roughly 80,000 copies 6 times per year in 145 countries to support export promotion work at US embassies and consulates.
US Department of Commerce Bureau of Export Administration
US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
US Trade and Development Agency
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Export-Import Bank of the United States (Eximbank)
US Department of State Foreign Affairs Network - includes Background Notes and Country Commercial Guides, which can be a helpful overview of the country and business conditions relevant to foreign investment.  The Commercial Guides are often very detailed, with industry sector analyses as well as useful lists of local contacts in the country updated periodically by the commercial officers at the Embassies and Consulates.  This typically includes real estate firms and consultants, accountants, lawyers, and banks, as well as the suggested local processes to follow when establishing operations in the country.  They also include information on investment opportunities, trade regulations and barriers, financial transfers, intellectual property protection, the investment climate, project finance, travel considerations, trade events, and support contacts at the US Embassy
US Department of State - list of websites of US Embassies and other diplomatic missions
US Dept of State - Consular Information Sheets - information on travel requirements for entry, travel warnings, currency regulations, health issues, etc.
US Center for Disease Control & Prevention - health advisories
Central Intelligence Agency, CIA World Factbook
World News Connection (WNC) - US Department of Commerce - National Technical Information Service - subscription service for online translations of local media content for most countries as provided by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service - FBIS.  The content is available to search through Dialog on a paid subscription basis.

- for subscription requests

US Department of Justice, Criminal Division : Foreign Agents Registration Unit - note that the US offices of foreign economic development agencies may be required by law to register periodically and provide copies of promotional materials which are clearly marked to indicate compliance with FARA (promotional activities directed or controlled by a foreign government agency).
US Department of the Treasury - includes regional international economists
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), The World Bank.  MIGA also publishes FDI Xchange, PrivatizationLink, and IPAnet (for investment promotion agencies, especially in developing countries).  FDI Promotion Center assists developing countries with marketing resources.

World Trade Organization
OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development

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