* 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”.——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
* OECD – Economic Outlook
OECD published its last Economic Outlook: global economy strengthening but significant risks remain.
Check the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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).
* 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.
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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.
* Household Air Pollution for 2012
According to a new report from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution – both indoor and outdoor – killed some 7 million people across the globe in 2012, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk.
Check here for more and find the report following the link.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* UN – Global Land Cover SHARE Database (GLC-SHARE)
The United Nations FAO Agency launched a new database which gathers under one roof previously scattered information about land cover – how much land is covered by croplands, trees, forests, or bare soils.
Read more about Global Land Cover SHARE Database (GLC-SHARE) initiative.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* BIS – Global Liquidity Indicators
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published updates on indicators for global liquidity conditions.
Follow the link.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* The Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2014
The new OECD report shows the evolution of the borrowing operations of its members’ governments.
Read more here.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* US – Official 2014 HTS
The official 2014 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) is now available on the USITC website.
Click here for more.
The OECD has unveiled a new single global standard for the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities worldwide to reinforce action against tax avoidance and evasion and inject greater trust and fairness into the international tax system.
The Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information can be found here.
* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
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.
* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
* ICC – Drafting and Negotiating
ICC has published a practical guide to drafting and negotiating international commercial contracts.
Kindly follow the link for more.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* Gambia Pulls Out of Commonwealth
Gambia has withdrawn from the British Commonwealth.
Please check here.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
* 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
* 2012 Annual Review of GSP System
US announced today the outcome of the 2012 Annual Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.
* 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.
* 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.