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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.
* 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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News from European Union

* European Innovation Partnership (EIP)
The European Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership to help make Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020.
More information on the EIP on Raw Materials.
* Bioeconomy Observatory
The European Commission will establish an observatory to map progress and measure the impact of the development of the European Union’s bioeconomy.
Check here.
* The EU’s Free Trade Agreements
The European Commission released a memo regarding the EU’s Free Trade Agreements:
– On-going negotiations
– Free Trade Agreements finished but not yet entered into force
– Free Trade Agreements already in force
Please find more here.
Also check, fur further information the EU’s bilateral free trade agreements.

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OECD Launched The ‘Global Recalls Portal’

19 October 2012
OECD launched a international portal to exchange information about unsafe products that have been taken off the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
The portal,, will contribute to boosting consumer safety across the world.
For more information kindly check here.

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EU’s New Scheme for GSP Tariffs

The European Union (EU) amended its scheme of Generalized Tariff Preferences (GSP) for developing countries.
The EU GSP grants trade preferences for developing countries’ exports to the EU will be removed for EU imports from countries on the World Bank’s higher or upper middle per capita income list (including Russia, Brazil, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar).
More here.

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New Partners on Environment Coalition

25 July 2012
“World-Wide Action on Black Carbon, Methane and Other Short-Lived Pollutants” grows as seven countries join to new coalition towards to cut a range of climate damaging pollutants that also have health and agricultural impacts.
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan and the United Kingdom announced as new country partners in “Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants” under UNEP direction.
More here.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021

11 July 2012
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) publish new Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.
The publication can be downloaded under the link.

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OECD Agreed New Greener Export Credit Rules

2 July 2012
OECD countries approved new rules to strengthen environmental and social due diligence processes and to create financially incentives to support advanced climate-friendly technologies.
For further information, click here.

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Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD)

12 June 2012

The United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launches Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD), a guideline for national and international investment policymaking to supports more sustainable development-friendly investment policymaking.

Please check the UNCTAD’s webpage.

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EU and China Signs a Cooperation Plan in Agriculture and Rural Development

11 June 2012, Beijing
The European Union  and China signed a Cooperation Plan on Agriculture and Rural Development with aim of establishing a stronger and closer relationship, in particular in food security, rural development, food safety and climate change.
More here.

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