* Switzerland & China FTA
Switzerland and China have signed a free-trade agreement. The deal is the first between China and a continental European economy.
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* ICC – Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)
ICC has published a collection of standards to help border authorities determine a standardized definition of a diligent trader, commonly referred to as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).
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* US & Myanmar Signed TIFA
The United States and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
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* ISO – A Revised Standard for the Financial Services Industry
ISO has just published a revised version of the ISO 20022:2013 series on financial services, which ensures the reliable transfer of data, making financial transactions more secure.
* EU & Morocco to Start DCFTA Talks
22 April 2013, Brussels
The EU and Morocco started the first round of negotiations for an EU-Morocco Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
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* IOSCO – Report on Technological Challenges to Market Surveillance
22 April 2013, Madrid (Spain)
The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published today a final report on Technological Challenges to Effective Market Surveillance: Issues and Regulatory Tools.
Read the report here.
* ISO’s 2012 Annual Report
The ISO’s 2012 Annual Report examines the organization’s activities in the field of business and economy standards.
Discover ISO’s Annual Report 2012 here.
* New ISO for Financial Services
ISO/ IEC published a new standard: ISO/IEC TR 27015:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management guidelines for financial services – guidance for organizations providing financial services.
Read more here.
* EU-US Trade Talks to Start
12 March 2013, Brussels
The European Commission agreed the draft mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement with the United States, the draft mandate will be sent to the Council for the Member States to approve.
Read more here.
* Brazil Joins the UN CISG
5 March 2013, Vienna
Brazil becomes the 79th State Party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
Further information on the CISG is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org.
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* The Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts
1 March 2013, Vienna
The United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts entered into force on 1 March 2013.
Further information on the Convention is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org.
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* ICC – New Model International Sale Contract
4 March 2013, Paris
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released the updated Model International Sale Contract including an interactive digital version.
The new model permits companies and lawyers to define their own reliable import-export agreements that are in line with Incoterms® 2010 and the latest developments in international trade.
Visit the ICC Commercial Law and Practice Commission.
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* US Foreign Trade Policy
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the ”2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Annual Report”.
Please find the 2013 Agenda and 2012 Report here.
Also, USTR published its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.
* New Zealand and Chile Signed FTA
New Zealand and Chile signed a free trade agreement (FTA).
* UN Strength Sanctions on North Korea
7 March 2013
The United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s trade and banking.
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* New ISO Standard for Electronic Signatures
The new ISO standard secures the electronic signatures when the documents they authenticate are transferred and processed through different information technology systems.
ISO 14533-1:2012, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration – Long term signature profiles – Part 1: Long term signature profiles for CMS Advanced Electronic Signatures (CAdES)
ISO 14533-2:2012, Processes, data elements and documents in commerce, industry and administration – Long term signature profiles – Part 2: Long term signature profiles for XML Advanced Electronic Signatures (XAdES)
* GVCs and Development: Investment and Value Added Trade in the Global EconomyThe United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) describes in a new report regarding the global value chains (GVC) and its importance in investment and trade.
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* Azerbaijan & Lesotho – New Members of the Global Forum on Tax Transparency
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, multilateral framework carried out by both OECD and non-OECD economies, welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members.
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Read more on the work of the Global Forum here and here.
* Science and Technology Advisory Council
The European Commission announced the creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council.
The Council is an independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society from across the European Research Area.
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* Key Enabling Technologies – KETs
The Key Enabling Technologies, or simply KETs – nanotechnology, micro-/nanoelectronics, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing technologies – represent and exceptional importance for the future innovation and competitiveness of the EU.
To assure and improve access to finance for investments in KETs, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Kindly find additional information here.
The European Union (EU) member countries signed an agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC).
The Unitary Patent system will make obtaining a European Patent less complex and cheaper while ensuring legal certainty throughout the entire single jurisdiction.
Read about UPC here and here.
* ILO –Global Employment Trends 2013
22 January 2013
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has issued a new report on global employment.
The Global Employment Trends 2013 is available here.
* Romania – The 118th member of the Global Forum
23 January 2013
Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes developed by OECD.
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* ISO – Information Security and Service Management Standard
16 January 2013
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in collaboration with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published a new international standard regarding the information security and service management system.
Read more about the new ISO/IEC 27013:2012, Information technology – Security techniques – Guidance on the integrated implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1 here.