* South Sudan Becomes 184th ILO Member State 25 May 2012, Geneva The Republic of South Sudan accepts the obligations of the Constitution of the International Labour Organization (ILO). ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Online Global Agro-ecological Zones Interactive Data Portal 25 May 2012, Rome The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) developed an online data portal to help identifying areas for increased global food production while maintaining natural resources base and facing the challenge of climate change. The Global Agro-ecological Zones (GAEZ) Portal seeks to enhance planners’ and decision makers’ capacity to estimate agricultural production potentials and variability under different environmental and management scenarios. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Swiss Votes Through Tax Deals 31 May 2012 The Swiss Council of States has agreed on the bilateral tax deals concluded with Germany, the UK and with Austria. The deals aimed at resolving the issue of undeclared and untaxed assets of foreign residents held in Swiss bank accounts. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * NAFTA Industry Guide Research and Markets has published the report “Apparel Retail – North America (NAFTA) Industry Guide”. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Revised Chinese VAT Pilot The Beijing office of China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) announced to replace the existing business tax on the country’s service sector with value-added tax (VAT) from July 1st.