Archive for December, 2013

More Trade News in Brief Week 51 (16 – 22 December 2013)

* Switzerland Joins GNSS
Switzerland signed a cooperation agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, the EU’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
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* Netherlands Signs IGA FATCA Agreement
Netherlands signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), implementing the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Please follow the link.
* US & Libya Signed TIFA
The United States and Libya today signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
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* EU’s GSP Updated
The EU’s “Generalised Scheme of Preferences” (GSP) will change on 1 January 2014.
Please find more details here.

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News from ICC

* ICC – Ethics and Compliance Training Book
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released a new Ethics and Compliance Training Handbook. Among the 17 subject areas covered are risk assessment, training and education, whistle blowing, internal investigations, resisting solicitation, joint ventures, and the ICC anti-corruption clause.
Please check here for more details.
* New ICC Mediation Rules Unveiled
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) releases the new ICC Rules which will replace the ICC ADR Rules and will come into force on 1 January 2014.
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News from EU

* EU-Turkey: Ready to Sign Readmission Agreement
EU and Turkey will resume the accession negotiations after the opening of a new negotiating chapter last month.
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* EU Advances Trade Relationships with Moldova, Armenia and Georgia
The EU has recently concluded negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Moldova, Armenia and Georgia.
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* EU – Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements
 Kindly find the latest news about the EU’s bilateral trade and investment agreements negotiations here.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 49 (2 – 8 December 2013)

* Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2013
Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2013 has been published by Transparency International.
Please check the press release here.
* Australia and South Korea Conclude Trade Talks
Australia has concluded negotiations with South Korea for a free trade agreement.
Please follow the link for more.
* Yemen Accedes To WTO
 Yemen became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on December 04, 2013.
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* Asian Countries top OECD’s Latest PISA Survey
Asian countries outperform the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey.
PISA survey evaluates the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds
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