* EU Starts Free Trade Talks with Armenia 1 June 2012, Brussels The European Union (EU) and Armenia have agreed to begin negotiations for a comprehensive Free Trade Area. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Report on G20’s Trade & Investment 31 May 2012 WTO, OECD & UNCTAD published a report showing the negative impact of protectionist and discriminatory trade measures. The seventh WTO-OECD-UNCTAD report for the G-20 on trade and investment reveals that government-imposed trade and investment restrictions continue to be an obstacle for global growth and development. Please consult the report here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Hong Kong-Portugal DTA Comes Into Force On June 3rd come into force the agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (DTA) signed between Hong Kong and Portugal. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Canada Starts Investment Talks With Benin and Burkina Faso The Canadian government has launched negotiations on foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) with Benin and Burkina Faso. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * India and Bahrain Sign TIEA The governments of India and Bahrain have signed a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA). ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- * Annual Asset Management Report: Facts & Figures in Europe – EFAMA 31 May 2012, Brussels EFAMA published the Fifth Annual Review Asset Management in Europe: Facts & Figures (using data as at end 2010). This report take a tour of european the industry looking at its overall size, general structure, asset allocation and client base. Please see the Report.