Archive for category Corporate Business & Management

More Trade News in Brief Week 19 (5 – 11 May 2014)

 
* ICC – Guide to International Franchising
 
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a practical guide to help business people understand why, how and when to use franchising to expand into new foreign markets.
 
Check the Using Franchising to Take Your Business International: ICC Strategies and guidance for master franchising, area development and other arrangements”.
 
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* US & Singapore – FATCA Agreement
 
United States and Singapore have initialled the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
 
Check here for more.
 
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* EU & Japan – FTA by 2015
 
The European Union (EU) and Japan agreed to a one-year review that should lead to the “early conclusion of a highly comprehensive and ambitious” free trade agreement (FTA).
 
Read more here.
 
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* US & Israel – Reach FATCA Agreement
 
United States and Israel have concluded the text of an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
 
See more following the link.
 
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* USTR Releases Annual Report on Intellectual Property Rights
 
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR). 
 
Find the Press Release here.
 
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News from OECD

 
* OECD – Economic Outlook
 
OECD published its last Economic Outlook: global economy strengthening but significant risks remain.
 
Check the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.
 
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* OECD – Services Trade Restrictiveness Index
 
The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.
 
Read more about Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI).
 

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News from ITU

 
* Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)
 
The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in collaboration with ABI Research launched an initiative to measure the levels of cyber security worldwide.
 
Check here for more.
 
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* US to Transit Responsibilities over Internet
 
The US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) plans to transition key oversight of domain names and other aspects of the Internet’s architecture to the global community through International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
 
Read more here.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 7 (10 – 16 February 2014)

 
* First EU Anti-Corruption Report
 
The European Commission published the first ever EU Anti-Corruption Report. The EU Anti-Corruption Report covers all 28 EU Member States.
 
Please find more here and here.
 
 
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* Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Market
 
According to the latest data released by UNCTAD, the ICT goods such as mobile phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets, integrated circuits and other components at 11 per cent of world merchandise trade and among the top products traded globally – exceeding trade in agricultural products (9.2 per cent) and motor vehicles (7.2 per cent).
 
Please follow the link for more.
 
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* 2014 World Press Freedom Index
 
Reports Without Borders published the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, the Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.
 
Please find more about Reports Without Borders and World Press Freedom Index.

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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 46 (11 – 17 November 2013)

 
* ICC-Ifo World Economic Survey
 
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Ifo published the latest Ifo World Economic Survey.
 
Kindly find the main findings about the current economic situation and expectations following the link.
 
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* HEInnovate – Entrepreneurial Online Tool
 
The European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched an online self-assessment tool for universities to measure how entrepreneurial they are.
 
HEInnovate enables institutions to assess their performance in different areas.
 
Check here.
 
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* EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard
 
The European Commission (DG Research and Innovation and Joint Research Centre) published the 2013 Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.
 
On first place is situated Volkswagen (Germany) and second place in the ranking goes to Samsung Electronics (South Korea). Other companies in the top-10 include five based in the US (Microsoft, Intel, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer), two in Switzerland (Roche and Novartis) and one in Japan (Toyota).
 
Check the 2013 ranking here and the press release here.
 
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 41 (7 – 13 October 2013)

 
* ICC – Drafting and Negotiating
 
ICC has published a practical guide to drafting and negotiating international commercial contracts.
 
Kindly follow the link for more.
 
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* Gambia Pulls Out of Commonwealth
 
Gambia has withdrawn from the British Commonwealth.
 
Please check here.
 
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* Revised ISO/IEC 27001
 
ISO published the revised standard of information security management system ISO/IEC 27001.
 
Kindly check here and here for more details.
 
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 26 (24 – 30 June 2013)

 
* Croatia – Welcomed to EU
 
On Monday 1 July Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union.
 
For more information:
 
– Institutional and administrative aspects of Croatia’s EU accession MEMO/13/593
 
– Croatia’s EU accession – Q&A MEMO/13/629
 
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* 2012 Annual Review of GSP System
 
US announced today the outcome of the 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.
 
Check here.
 
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* World Investment Report 2013
 
UNCTAD published its 2013 World Investment Report with the latest trends in foreign direct investment (FDI).
 
Download  World Investment Report 2013
 
Read more here.
 
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* Norway the First to Sign the Hong Kong Ship Recycling Treaty
 
The Kingdom of Norway became the first contracting State to the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (2009).
 
Please follow the link.
 

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