Archive for January, 2013

Online Training in International Arbitration

29 January 2013, Paris
 
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has unveiled its new “ICC Arbitration Online Training”.
 
The official e-learning course explain the inside workings of international arbitration and the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, currently caters Trade Finance and Incoterms®2010 rules.
 
View the online training demo.
 
For more information visit the ICC Arbitration online training.
 
View ICC’s general online training.
 
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More Trade News in Brief – Week 4 (21 – 27 January 2013)

 
* ILO – Global Employment Trends 2013
 
22 January 2013
 
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued a new report on global employment.
 
The Global Employment Trends 2013 is available here.
 
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* Romania – The 118th member of the Global Forum
 
23 January 2013
 
Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes developed by OECD.
 
Check here for more.
 
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* ISO – Information Security and Service Management Standard
 
16 January 2013
 
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in collaboration with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published a new international standard regarding the information security and service management system.
 
Read more about the new ISO/IEC 27013:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidance on the integrated implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1 here.
 

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News from European Union

 
* Free Access to EU Market for Four African Countries
 
17 January 2013, Brussels
 
Under the EU’s first economic partnership deal with an African region, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe will get duty- and quota-free access to the EU market.
 
 Please follow the link.
 
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* EU – 141 Delegations and Offices around the World
 
17 January 2013, Brussels
 
 The European Union (EU) is to open a Delegation to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) and a Delegation to the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). From now on,  EU count with a total of two office, in U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, to cover its relations with the GCC’s region.
 
The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) is a regional organisation consisting of six Gulf countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
 
Check here for more.
 

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Trade in Value-Added Initiative

16 January 2013
 
OECD and WTO developed a database of trade in value added indicators to analyze the value added by a country in the production of any good or service that is then exported.
 
Please read more about this jointed initiative here and here.
 

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New International Services Trade Agreement (ISA)

 
A group of 20 trading partners – the US, Canada, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Israel, Pakistan and Turkey – will start soon negotiations on a new International Services Agreement (ISA).
 
Please find more information following the next link.
 

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 2 (7 – 13 January 2013)

* IMO – Amended MARPOL
 
The new amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) entered into force on 1 January 2013.
 
The new chapter make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.
 
Find more on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) page.
 
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* Laos – The WTO’s 158th Member
 
Laos will officially become the WTO’s 158th member state on 2 February.
 
Read more here.
 
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* Comoros – The 146th Contracting Party to the Harmonized System Convention
 
The Union of the Comoros started the process of joining to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System).
 
Check the Press release.
 

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News from European Union

* Strengthening the Security of the Supply Chain
 
8 January 2013, Brussels
 
The European Commission adopted new strategies on Customs Risk Management and the Security of the Supply Chain.
 
Read more here.
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* European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)
 
9 January 2013, Brussels
 
Created with the aim of helping and protecting European citizens and businesses from cyber-crime, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) opened on 11 January.
 
Check the Press Release and Memo.
 
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* Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan 
 
9 January 2013, Brussels
 
The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan’s aim is to promote the entrepreneurial potential, to remove existing obstacles and to revolutionise the culture of entrepreneurship in Europe.
 
Find more following the link.
 

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Global Economic Outlook 2013

 
* WB – International Debt Statistics 2013
 
World Bank (WB) released the International Debt Statistics 2013.
 
Check for more here.
 
 
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* UN – Prospects for the World economy in 2013-2014
 
United Nations (UN) published the Prospects for the World Economy in 2013-2014.
 
Find more here.
 
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* 2013 Index of Economic Freedom
 
The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s preeminent think tank, issued the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom.
 
Please follow the link.

 

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EU – Employment and Social Developments 2012

8 January 2013, Brussels
 
European Commission released the 2012 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review.
The review analyzes the impact of the crisis on the social situation all over the Member States.
 
Please find more:
Press release
Memo
Speech
 
The publication is available here.
 

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