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TPP Free Trade Deal to Be Signed On Feb 4

New Zealand will host the signing ceremony for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on February 4, 2016. The deal was reached on 5 October 2015 after 7 years of negotiations.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement between nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Check for more here & here.

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News from ASEAN

* Timor-Leste Remains Committed to Join ASEAN
 
Timor-Leste remains committed to joining ASEAN and is currently rolling out measures at the national level to consolidate its bid for membership of ASEAN.
 
Check here for more.

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* ASEAN to Pilot Customs Transit System
 
An ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS) will be piloted in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The system, aimed at facilitating the movement of transit goods by road within ASEAN.
 
Read more following the link.

 

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News from EU

 
* Labour Force Survey 2013
 
Eurostat Commission published the EU’s statistics on the labour market for 2013.
 
Find the report here.
 
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* First EU Transport Scoreboard
 
EU Transport Scoreboard compares Member State performance in 22 transport-relevant categories.
 
Check the EU Transport Scoreboard.
 
Please find the related Memo and the Press release.
 

 

 

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News from EU

 
* Emissions Trading Scheme for Aviation
 
The Presidency of the Council and representatives of the European Parliament have agreed on a draft regulation amending the EU Emissions trading scheme (ETS) directive (2003/87/EC).
 
Read more here.
 
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* European Maritime Safety Agency
 
The Council and European Parliament reached a compromise on funding the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in response to marine pollution caused by ships and oil and gas installations.
 
Check here for more.
 

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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.
 
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* 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.
 
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* 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.
 
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* 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.
 
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* Cayman, UK Sign ‘FATCA’-type Agreement
 
The Cayman Islands signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the United Kingdom.
 
Follow the link for more.
 
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* 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 40 (30 September – 6 October 2013)

 
* ICAO – Agreement on Global Aviation Emissions Deal
 
The UN Assembly responsible for International Civil Aviation (ICAO) decided on a global mechanism to tackle emissions from aviation that can start in 2020.
 
Check more about the global market-based measure (MBM) for international aviation here.
 
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* Liechtenstein & Malta Sign DTA
 
 Liechtenstein and Malta signed in New York a bilateral double taxation agreement (DTA).
 
Please follow the link for more.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 36 (2 – 8 September 2013)

 
* Indonesia and Pakistan Signed FTA
 
The governments of Indonesia and Pakistan finally signed a FTA after 10 years of negotiation.
 
Check here for details.
 
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* South Korea and Vietnam to Accelerate Trade Negotions
 
South Korea and Vietnam agreed to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement next year.
 
Please find more here.
 
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* Bahrain – Closer to ATA Carnet System
 
Bahrain prepares to implement ATA Carnet System.
 
For more information visit the ATA Carnet System.
 

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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.
 
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* EU & Armenia: Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area
 
EU and Armenia signed a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
 
Kindly follow the link.
 
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* ICC Issues Taxation Handbook
 
ICC Commission on Taxation released a handbook with the latest developments in the world of international taxation.
 
Read more here.
 
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* 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 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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