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2000 Annual Report

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I.   Letter to Shareowners
II.  Information on the Company
     A. History and Development of the Company
     B. Business Overview
  • Online Marketplace Services
• Transaction Software Services
• Complementary Media Services
     C. Industry Background
  • The International Trade Market Opportunity
• International Trade Challenges
• Transacting and Communicating Challenges
     D. Our Solution
  • Neutral platform benefits both buyers and suppliers
• Transaction software facilitates online international trade
• Global coverage and breath of products perpetuates growing buyer/supplier network
• Complementary media promote the transition to our e-commerce services
     E. Our Growth Strategy
  • Increase penetration of our online marketplace services in our existing markets
• Increase adoption of our transaction software
• Expand into new vertical and geographic markets
• Expand the functionality of our transaction software
• Pursue strategic partnership and acquisition opportunities
     F. Our Services
  • Online marketplace services
• Transaction software and services
• Complementary media services
• Asia and China-focused services
     G. Customers
  • Buyers
• Suppliers
     H. Sales and Marketing
     I.Content Development
     J.  Customer Service
     K. Strategic Relationships
     L.  Technology and Systems
     M. Competition

III.  Financial Information
     A. Consolidated Balance Sheets
     B. Consolidated Statements of Income
     C. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
     D. Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity

Forward - looking statements
Except for any historical information contained herein, the matters discussed on this Annual Report on Form 20-F contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our financial condition, results of operation and business. These statements relate to analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements also relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predicts," "will," and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including current trend information, projections for deliveries, backlog and other trend projections, that may cause our actual future activities and results of operations to be materially different from those suggested or described in this Annual Report on Form 20-F. These risks include: product demand; customer satisfaction and quality issues; labor disputes; competition, including recent intense price competition; our ability to achieve and execute internal business plans; worldwide political instability and economic growth; and the impact of economic downturns and inflation, including any weakness in the currency, banking and equity markets of countries in the Asia/Pacific region.

If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materializes, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Given these uncertainties, users of the information included in this Annual Report on Form 20-F, including investors and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, We do not intend to update the forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report.

All references in this Annual Report on Form 20-F to the terms "we," "our," "us," the "Company," "Trade Media" and "Global Sources" refer to Global Sources Ltd. and its subsidiaries. All references to "fiscal" in connection with a year shall mean the 12 months ended December 31.


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