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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 45 (4 – 10 November 2013)

* OPEC’s World Oil Outlook and Annual Statistical Bulletin
The 2013 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO) and Annual Statistical Bulletin (ASB) have been released.
Please follow the link for more.
* ITC – Free Market Analysis Database and Analytic Tools
The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) gives free access to its market analysis databases and related analytical tools.
ITC’s market analysis tools include Trade Map, Investment Map, Market Access Map and Standards Map
See more here.
* Central Asian Countries Committed To Build New Routes
The ten member countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) have agreed to develop new road and rail corridors linking the region to East and South Asia.
Please find more on the CAREC’s website.
* Andorra and Cayman Joins OECD Convention on Tax Assistance
The Cayman Islands and Andorra signed the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters developed by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/Council of Europe Convention.
Check here and here for more.
* Cayman, UK Sign ‘FATCA’-type Agreement
The Cayman Islands signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the United Kingdom.
Follow the link for more.
* Canada & Honduras – Free Trade Deal
Canada and Honduras signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Check here.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 44 (28 October – 3 November 2013)

* EU Extend Sanctions to Belarus
The European Union has extended its sanctions against Belarus by another 12 months.
Check here for more.


* Global Investment Trends Monitor
UNCTAD published the Global Investment Trends Monitor.
Check for findings and details here.

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EU towards Banking Union

15 October, Luxembourg
ECOFIN approved legislation setting up the Single Supervisory Mechanism and discuss steps towards to Banking Union.
Please following the link for more details.



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More Trade News in Brief Week 31 (29 July – 4 August 2013)

* ASEAN Annual Report 2012-2013
The ASEAN Annual Report 2012-2013 has been published.
The publication is available online on ASEAN website here.
 * Global Forum on Tax Transparency: New Reports Review
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has released peer review reports assessing the tax systems of 13 jurisdictions for information exchange.
Check here for more.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 30 (22 – 28 July 2013)

* Expanded Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP)
The WTO launched an expanded version of its Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP), for the first time it includes information on services.
This new database is available here.
Check here for more.
* EU & Armenia: Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area
EU and Armenia signed a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
Kindly follow the link.
* ICC Issues Taxation Handbook
ICC Commission on Taxation released a handbook with the latest developments in the world of international taxation.
Read more here.
* Successful Galileo Position Fix
The European satellite navigation system will bring first services by the end of 2014. Galileo, Europe’s GPS, opens up business opportunities and makes life easier for citizens.
A successful position fix has been announced, check here and here.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 28 (8 – 14 July 2013)

* Taiwan & New Zealand Sign FTA
Taiwan signed its first FTA with a developed economy, New Zealand.
Check here for more.
* Connecting Europe Facility
* EU – Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM)
The European Commission proposed a Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) for the Banking Union, which would complement the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).
Please follow the link for more.

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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
* 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.
* 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.

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