Archive for March, 2013
* ISO Guidelines for Armed Maritime Guards 14 March 2013 ISO has developed a guideline for armed maritime guards and to defend the ship navigation from piracy attacks. ISO/PAS 28007:2012, Ships and marine technology – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships (and pro forma contract). Check here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * OECD – Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being OECD releases Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being to provide advice on the collection and use of measures of subjective well-being. The Guidelines is developed under the OECD’s Better Life Initiative. Please follow the link. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * Cayman & Brazil Sign TIEA Cayman Islands sign a landmark tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Brazil. Check here for more. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * Spain & Argentina Sign Fresh DTA Spain and Argentina have signed a new accord aimed at preventing double taxation and tax evasion. Kindly follow the link.
* EU-US Trade Talks to Start 12 March 2013, Brussels The European Commission agreed the draft mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement with the United States, the draft mandate will be sent to the Council for the Member States to approve. Read more here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * Brazil Joins the UN CISG 5 March 2013, Vienna Brazil becomes the 79th State Party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Further information on the CISG is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org. Check here too. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * The Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts 1 March 2013, Vienna The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts entered into force on 1 March 2013. Further information on the Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org. Kindly follow the link for more.
* BRICS Business Council 6 March 2013, Pretoria The BRICS Members announced the launch of the BRICS Business Council for trade and industry promotion. Check here for more. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * BRICS Customs Cooperation 11 March 2013, Pretoria The BRICS Customs Agencies search for speeding up customs procedures and agreed to unify the software, organize preliminary informing and stimulate electronic customs clearance of cargoes. Please follow the link.
* ICC – New Model International Sale Contract 4 March 2013, Paris The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released the updated Model International Sale Contract including an interactive digital version. The new model permits companies and lawyers to define their own reliable import-export agreements that are in line with Incoterms® 2010 and the latest developments in international trade. Visit the ICC Commercial Law and Practice Commission. Check here for more. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * US Foreign Trade Policy The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the ”2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Annual Report”. Please find the 2013 Agenda and 2012 Report here. Also, USTR published its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * New Zealand and Chile Signed FTA New Zealand and Chile signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Check here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * UN Strength Sanctions on North Korea 7 March 2013 The United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s trade and banking. Check the Press Release.
* EU and Japan to Start Negotiation on FTA The EU and Japan are set to hold a summit within the month as a launch pad to talks that could lead to a major free trade deal. Follow the link for more. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * EU-Thailand FTA Negotiations to Start Soon The EU will start negotiations with Thailand on a free trade agreement soon. Check here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * EU-Morocco Talks on FTA Begin The EU and Morocco begin talks on free-trade agreement. Please follow the link.
* New ISO Standard for Electronic Signatures The new ISO standard secures the electronic signatures when the documents they authenticate are transferred and processed through different information technology systems.
- ISO 14533-1:2012, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration – Long term signature profiles – Part 1: Long term signature profiles for CMS Advanced Electronic Signatures (CAdES)
- ISO 14533-2:2012, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration – Long term signature profiles – Part 2: Long term signature profiles for XML Advanced Electronic Signatures (XAdES)