Archive for July, 2012
* EU and Angola Sign a New Cooperation Agreement
24 July 2012, Brussels
The new cooperation agreement, entitled “Joint Way Forward Angola – European Union”, cover several areas, including peace and security, economic growth and sustainable development, good governance and human rights, energy, transport, environment, science and technology, and education.
Please find more following the link.
* Updated ISO/IEC 17024 Standard
24 July 2012
“ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons” guides organizations, that certify individuals in a variety of occupations and professions, protect the integrity and ensure the validity of individual certification programmes.
* The Republic of South Sudan is the 178th Member of WCO
18 July 2012, Brussels
WCO have now 178 members after the Republic of South Sudan deposited with the Belgian Government its instrument of accession to the Convention establishing a Customs Co-operation Council.
* CIS Countries Access to Customs Union
The board chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko announced that the CIS countries will be able to join the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) to have smooth and quick access to the three states’ single market.
Angola-Eu, Belarus and Kazakhstan), CIS Countries, Customs Co-operation Council, Customs Union (of Russia, EU-Angola relations, Eurasian Economic Commission, ISO/IEC 17024, Joint Way Forward Angola - European Union, members of WCO, New Cooperation Agreement, Technical Regulations of the Customs Union, The Republic of South Sudan, Updated ISO/IEC 17024 Standard
21 July 2012, Tokyo
After the meeting of the Turkish Economy Minister and the Japanese Foreign Minister and its Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, both countries expressed their desire to initiate talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) as soon as possible and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on setting up a framework for economic cooperation.
Please read more following the link.
free trade agreement (FTA), Japan and Turkey, Japan and Turkey FTA
25 July 2012
“World-Wide Action on Black Carbon, Methane and Other Short-Lived Pollutants” grows as seven countries join to new coalition towards to cut a range of climate damaging pollutants that also have health and agricultural impacts.
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan and the United Kingdom announced as new country partners in “Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants” under UNEP direction.
Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, climate damaging pollutants, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Methane and Other Short-Lived Pollutants, UNEP, United Kingdom, World-Wide Action on Black Carbon
* South Korea/Switzerland TIE Protocol
The revised Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) between South Korea and Switzerland, including provisions on the exchange of tax information (TIE), is to go into effect on July 25, 2012.
* ICC Published a Guide to New Rules of Arbitration
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has release “The Secretariat’s Guide to ICC Arbitration” offering a detailed article-by-article commentary on the 2012 Rules and more.
Please refer to the next link.
* Tunisia and OECD Strengthen Relations
Tunisia signs multilateral agreement on fiscal co-operation and strengthens its links with the OECD.
double taxation agreement (DTA), exchange of tax information (TIE), ICC Arbitration, multilateral agreement on fiscal co-operation, OECD, South Korea, Switzerland, The Secretariat’s Guide to ICC Arbitration, Tunisia
16 July 2012
The OPEC Secretariat released the online edition of its 2012 Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB).
The ASB is a compilation of statistical data about global petroleum industry and activities (oil and gas natural) in OPEC’s 12 Member Countries (Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Venezuela) as well as in non-OPEC oil producing countries around the world.
To download the pdf version of the ASB, please visit the OPEC’s website.
Algeria, Angola, Annual Statistical Bulletin 2012, ASB 2012, Ecuador, global petroleum industry and activities, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, oil and gas natural, OPEC, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Venezuela
17 July 2012
The OECD updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention regarding information exchange. The amendment permit the tax authorities to ask for information which is “foreseeably relevant” for regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.
Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, bank secrecy, OECD, OECD Model Tax Convention, tax authorities
3 July 2012, Brussels
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) published the Annual Report 2011 include samples of cases investigated by OLAF into suspected crimes against different sectors of the EU budget.
The report can be downloaded from here.
For further details click here.
EU budget, European Anti-Fraud Office, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), OLAF 2011, OLAF Annual Report, OLAF Annual Report for 2011
16 July 2012
The World Trade Report 2012, published by World Trade Organization (WTO), exams the worldwide trade and public policies and the regulatory measures for trade in goods and services.
The main focus of the Report is on the non-tariff measures (NTMs) as technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.
For more information please refer to next link and the Report can be download from here.
non-tariff measures (NTMs), regulatory measures for trade in goods and services, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, technical barriers to trade (TBT), world trade organization, worldwide trade and public policies, WTO