* CIS Summit 2012 15 May 2012, Moscow Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) reaffirm their commitment to tied their relations and to considered economic and trade cooperation a priority. On 15th May, the delegations of the CIS’s members discussed the ratification of the agreement on a free trade zone within the Commonwealth of Independent States. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Informal Talks on Information Technology Agreement (ITA) 15 May 2012-05-18 Under the WTO’s organization, several countries have announced their intention to start informal bilateral and plurilateral consultations on what products to add to the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). More here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * South Africa – CPI & PPI to be Reviewed 16 May 2012, Pretoria The Government announced that the methods used to calculate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Producer Price Index (PPI) are to be reviewed. More here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * EU Demands Accurate Information European Parliament has emitted a resolution calling for accurate information on customs duty and value-added tax (VAT) evasion in member states. The aim argue was that the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is unable to recover misused money from member states or even to provide accurate data related to EU funds. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * The 5th Round Negotiation between China & Switzerland on FTA 16 May 2012, Beijing On the last round negotiations, 8-10 May en Beijing, the two parts exchanged views on issues as: goods trade tariff reductions, trade in services, rules of origin, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, intellectual property rights, competition policies and trade dispute remedies. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * G8 Summit – “Acting Together” This year’s G8 Summit, under the motto “Acting Together”, will take place on 18-19 May 2012 in Camp David. More: EU & U.S. Department of State.