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More Trade News in Brief Week 38 (14 – 20 September 2015)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Auditing & Accounting, Corporate Business & Management, Geopolitical Issues, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, Labour & Employment, More Trade News in Brief, Reports & Analysis, Statistics, Reports & Analysis, Worlwide Customs on September 19, 2015
* WTO – Rise in Global Tourism Continues
International arrivals rose by 5 per cent in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East, and by 4 per cent in the Americas, according to figures released by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The most popular regions proved to be the Caribbean and Oceania, which saw a rise of seven per cent, while Central and Eastern Europe and Central America saw a rise of six per cent.
UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2015 Edition
* G20 Labour Markets in 2015
The report G20 Labour Markets 2015: Strengthening the Link between Growth and Employment, compiled by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group, reveals that growth among G20 economies averaged 3.2 per cent over the last three years compared to 4.1 per cent from 2000 to 2007.
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* FAO Food Price Index
According to the FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international market prices for five major food commodity groups – cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils and sugar – virtually all food groups registered marked dips in price in August.
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* G7 and BRIICS Merchandise Trade Continues to Slow in Second Quarter of 2015
Total G7 and BRIICS international merchandise trade, in current US dollars, continued to contract in the second quarter of 2015, with exports and imports declining by 0.9% and 1.2% respectively, compared with the previous quarter.
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* Belize, Switzerland ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement
Belize and Switzerland have become the 13th and 14th WTO members to ratify the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The TFA contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues.
More information on trade facilitation and the TFA can be found at: www.wto.org/tradefacilitation.
* New ICC Dispute Board Rules
New Rules governing ICC Dispute Boards will come into effect on 1 October 2015.
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More Trade News in Brief Week 34 (17 – 23 August 2015)
FAO – World Food Prices Hit Lowest Level in Almost Six Years
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the prices for global agricultural products in July hit their lowest level since September 2009.
Check here for more: UN agency reports world food prices declining to six-year low .
EPA – The Clean Power Plan
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled The Clean Power Plan, it aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations and it shows the determination of the US to address global warming.
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WMO – First Half of 2015 ‘Hottest Six Months on Record”
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, from January to June 2015.
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More Trade News in Brief Week 12 (16 – 22 March 2015)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Auditing & Accounting, European Union Issues, European Union Regulation, Financial & Investment Markets, Financial Transactions, Fiscality, Fiscality, Auditing & Accounting, Global Financial System, Global Tax Agreements, Intellectual Property, International Trading, Law & Legislation, More Trade News in Brief, Reports & Analysis, Statistics, Reports & Analysis on March 23, 2015
* Switzerland, EU Ink New Savings Tax Pact
Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have initialled an agreement on the automatic exchange of tax information (AEOI). Account data will be collected from 2017, with the first exchange scheduled for 2018.
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* EU: Combatting Corporate Tax Avoidance
The European Commission presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU. A key element of this Tax Transparency Package is a proposal to introduce the automatic exchange of information between Member States on their tax rulings
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* China and US Telecoms Giants Lead Global Patent Activity in 2014
According to the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) annual review of international patent filings, a leading Chinese telecoms giant overtook a Japanese firm as the largest applicant last year, and China and the US together accounted for 87 per cent of the total growth in filings under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Under that system, some 215,000 applications were filed in 2014, a 4.5 per cent increase over the previous year, WIPO said in a news release.
* WTO: Assistance in Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health
Five agencies and their partners operating a programme to help developing countries meet international standards on food safety and animal and plant health have approved plans for 2015–2019 designed to further strengthen safe trade.
The decision will allow the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) to continue to provide assistance to developing countries,
The STDF was set up in 2004 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and is run by the five partners together with donor countries and representatives of developing countries.
More Trade News in Brief Week 44 (27 October – 2 November 2014)
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Auditing & Accounting, Banking System, Energy & Natural Resources, Geopolitical Issues, Global Financial System, Global Tax Agreements, Globalization Challenges, International Trading, More Trade News in Brief, Statistics, Reports & Analysis, Sustainable Development on November 9, 2014
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* WTO Report Says Restrictive Trade Measures Continue to Rise in G-20 Economies Restrictive trade measures introduced by G-20 economies since 2008 continue to rise, according to the latest WTO report on recent trade developments issued on 6 November 2014. > WTO Report on G-20 Trade Measures (mid-May 2014 to mid-October 2014) > Summary and Status of G-20 trade and trade-related measures since October 2008 (Excel Format) > OECD/UNCTAD Report on G-20 Investment Measures
More Trade News in Brief Week 25 (16 – 22 June 2014)
News from OECD
WHO’s Urban Air Quality Database
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Agriculture & Food Security, Energy & Natural Resources, Environmental Concern & Action, Statistics, Reports & Analysis on May 8, 2014
FAO – Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
For the first time FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050. Check here and here for more.