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New DTA Protocols
Switzerland has signed protocols to its double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Norway and Albania.
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EFTA and Georgia Start FTA Talks
The member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Georgia held a first round of negotiations towards a free trade agreement (FTA).
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New Zealand Seeks Signature of Gulf FTA
New Zealand is looking for a free trade agreement with the Gulf States.
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* UNCTAD – World Investment Report 2015
The World Investment Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide.
* New WCO Guide to Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing
The WCO launched a major new guide on the topic of Customs valuation and transfer pricing.
The guide is available to download via this link.
* ICC Launches New Tool to Promote Business Sustainability
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) launched the 3rd and radical update of its respected Business Charter for Sustainable Development.
* OECD – Government at a Glance 2015
Monday, 6 July, the OECD will publish Government at a Glance 2015.
The biannual report presents more than 50 indicators to compare governments’ performance in everything from public finances (including government spending per person), cuts to staffing and pay in central government and the level of private asset disclosure by government officials to access to and satisfaction with the healthcare, education and the justice systems.
* The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024
The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 will be published on Wednesday 1 July.
The report analyses agriculture production, discusses how global markets are reacting to price volatility in both food and commodity markets and looks at farm sector trends for the coming decade.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China.
At least 47 countries and territories from five continents have applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as founding members.
Sweden and Kyrgyzstan were among the last to apply before the deadline, 31 March 2015, adding further weight to the regional financing body, which has seen its influence grow even before it officially starts operation.
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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.
* Global Investment Trends in 2014 and Prospects for 2015
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8% in 2014. A solid FDI rise remains distant, reports the latest UNCTAD Global Investment Trends.
Download: Global Investment Trends Monitor No. 18.
* UNCTAD and WTO launch partnership on Integrated Trade Database
UNCTAD and the WTO agreed to cooperate in assisting the WTO members in implementing notification requirements for the WTO Integrated Data Base (IDB).
An integrated customs management system for international trade and transport operations in a modern automated environment.
Posted by Bogdan Marius Beleuz in Banking System, Financial & Investment Markets, Financial Transactions, Geopolitical Issues, International Trading, Law & Legislation, More Trade News in Brief, Reports & Analysis, Restrictions, Sanctions & Embargos, Statistics, Reports & Analysis on December 20, 2014
* US and Cuba to Normalize Relations
The leaders of the United States and Cuba agreed to restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
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* Russia to Launch Alternative to SWIFT Bank Transaction System
Russia plans to launch its own international inter-bank system by May 2015. The national payment system department of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) will be in charge of the new project.
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* The 2014 edition of the World Intellectual Property Indicators
WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators 2014 provides a wide range of indicators covering the following areas of intellectual property: patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms and plant variety protection.
It draws on data from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank.
* World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) Report
The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, which was launched today, estimates growth in 2015 of 3.1 per cent and in 2016 of 3.3 per cent.
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* Supervisory Framework for Measuring and Controlling Large Exposures Bank for International Settlements (BIS) sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures. The framework is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2019. Check here for more.
- Volume index and growth rates of merchandise exports and imports, quarterly, Q1 2005-Q4 2013
- Values and shares of merchandise exports and imports, annual, 1948-2013
- Merchandise trade balance, annual, 1948-2013
- Value growth rates of merchandise exports and imports, annual, 1950-2013
- Value, shares and growth of services exports and imports by service-category, annual, 1980-2013
- Values, shares and growth of exports and imports of total services, annual, 1980-2013