Archive for January, 2014

Financial Secrecy Index – 2013 Results

 
The Tax Justice Network (TJN) published the Financial Secrecy Index – 2013 Results.
 
The Tax Justice Network (TJN) is an advocacy group consisting of a coalition of researchers and activists with a shared concern about what they argue are the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.
 
Please find the index here.
 
Read more about the Tax Justice Network (TJN) and Financial Secrecy Index.
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More Trade News in Brief Week 4 (20 – 26 January 2014)

 
* Certificate of Origin Verification Website
 
ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF) has launched the Certificate of Origin (CO) verification website to reinforce the authenticity of the CO verification process.
 
Check here and here for more.
 
 
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* Rise in Global Tourism in 2013 – UNTWO
 
According to a new UNWTO report, despite global economic challenges, international tourism in 2013 was well above expectations, with an additional 52 million people
travelling the world last year.
 
Please follow the link for more.
 
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* Global Employment Trends 2014
 
The ILO study Global Employment Trends 2014 offers the latest global and regional information and projections on several indicators of the labour market, including employment, unemployment, working poverty and vulnerable employment.
 
Please find more following the link.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 3 (13 – 19 January 2014)

 
* Oxfam’s New Global Food Table
 
Oxfam published an index which compares the way the food is produced and distributed around the world.
 
European countries occupy the entire top 20 bar one – Australia ties in 8th place – while the US, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Canada all fall outside. African countries occupy the bottom 30 places in the table except for four – Laos, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are there too.
 
See more at Good Enough to Eat, Oxfam Media Briefing.
 
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* South Korea & India Agree To Upgrade FTA, Revise DTA
 
South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) and put into effect the revised double taxation agreement (DTA) between the two countries as soon as possible.
 
Check here for more.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 2 (6 – 12 January 2014)

 
* ILO’s  Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)
 
ILO released the latest edition of KILM – an online reference tool offering data and analysis on the world’s labour market – includes information about the dynamics of job losses and job creation in 70 developed and emerging economies.
 
Check the Press Release.
 
Download the Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) – 8th edition.
 
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* World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2013 Edition
 
WIPO published the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2013 which provides a wide range of indicators covering different areas of intellectual property.
 
Download the full report here.
 
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* Uzbekistan Joins CIS Free Trade Zone
 
Uzbekistan has ratified a treaty which makes Uzbekistan the ninth member of the free trade area of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
 
Aside from Uzbekistan, the free trade agreement (FTA) includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have signed but not yet ratified the agreement.
 
Please find more here.
 

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