News from BIS

 
* Capital Requirements for Bank Exposures to Central Counterparties
 
Bank for International Settlements (BIS), in collaboration with BCBS, the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS), and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) completed its work on the capital treatment of bank exposures to central counterparties.
 
The final standard will take effect on 1 January 2017.
 
Check here for more.
 
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* Supervisory Framework for Measuring and Controlling Large Exposures
 
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures.
 
The framework is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2019.
 
Check here for more.
 

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News from UNCTAD

 
* The ICTPR Framework
 
 
UNCTAD has developed a model framework and methodology for conducting information and communications technologies (ICTs) policy reviews: The ICTPR Framework.
 
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Find the publication here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* Bilateral FDI Statistics
 
The UNCTAD’s Bilateral FDI Statistics provides up-to-date and systematic FDI data for 206 economies around the world, covering inflows (table 1), outflows (table 2), inward stock (table 3) and outward stock (table 4) by region and economy.
 
Read more about following the link.
 
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* Review of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Cases
 
UNCTAD publishes its annual review of investor-State dispute settlement cases (ISDS).
 
You can download it from here.diaeia_IssuesNote
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* 2013 Trade Statistics
 
According to UNCTAD and WTO estimates, world merchandise exports grew by 2%, while services trade recorded 5% increase in 2013.
 
For more details, check here.
 
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News about FTAs

 
* Australia signs FTA with Japan
 
Japan and Australia signed a historic free trade agreement.
 
Read more here.
 
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* South Korea & Australia Inked FTA
 
South Korea and Australia signed a comprehensive, high level FTA as per their comments.
 
Check here for more.
 
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* Mexico & Panama – FTA
 
Mexico and Panama signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Panama’s desire is to join latter to the Pacific Alliance (PA) trade bloc.
 
Read more here.
 
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* Mercosur & EFTA to Start FTA Talks
 
EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and Mercosur member states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela) will start discussions on a free trade agreement (FTA) in the coming months.
 
Find more following the link.
 
 

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News from EU

 
* Labour Force Survey 2013
 
Eurostat Commission published the EU’s statistics on the labour market for 2013.
 
Find the report here.
 
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* First EU Transport Scoreboard
 
EU Transport Scoreboard compares Member State performance in 22 transport-relevant categories.
 
Check the EU Transport Scoreboard.
 
Please find the related Memo and the Press release.
 

 

 

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News from ITU

 
* Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)
 
The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in collaboration with ABI Research launched an initiative to measure the levels of cyber security worldwide.
 
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* US to Transit Responsibilities over Internet
 
The US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) plans to transition key oversight of domain names and other aspects of the Internet’s architecture to the global community through International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
 
Read more here.
 

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IPCC Report 2014

 
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the 2014 report on climate change.
 
The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability states the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans and the world is not ready for the impacts of climate change.
 
Download the entire report from here.
 

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G8 Becomes the G7 as Leaders Kick Russia Out

 
The leaders of the remaining countries – Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan, who are calling themselves the G7 – agreed to meet in Brussels this year and decided to give Russia the boot.
 
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Ukraine Crisis

 
* Rusia Annexes Crimea
 
Russia officially annexes Crimea away from Ukraine.
 
Read more here or search over the internet.
 
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* EU & US Sanctions After Ukraine Crisis
 
The US and the European Union have retaliated over the Crimea referendum by targeting sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians’ officials.
 
Check here for more or search over the internet.
 
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* EU Strength Ties with Ukraine
 
The European Union and Ukraine signed the core elements of a political association agreement.
 
Follow the link for more or search over the internet.
 
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* NATO Exercises in Ukraine
 
Ukraine will hold joint military exercises with U.S. and Britain. In addition to US and UK troops, Rapid Trident 2014 will include units from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

Rapid Trident military exercises have been held annually on the territory of Ukraine for a number of years. Ukraine has a partner relationship with NATO but is not officially a member.

 
Read more here or search over the internet.
 
 
 

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