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More Trade News in Brief Week 42 (13 – 19 October 2014)

 
* Eurostat Regional Yearbook 2014
 
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published The Regional Yearbook 2014.
 
Check here.
 
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* International Tourism Up by 5% in the First Half of 2014
 
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013.
 
Read more about here.
 
 
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* South Africa & Hong Kong – DTA
 
Hong Kong and South Africa signed a comprehensive double taxation agreement (CDTA).
 
See more here.
 
 

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WTO – 2014 Annual Report

 
The WTO’s Annual Report 2014 provides a comprehensive overview of the WTO’s activities over the past year.
 
The app is freely available from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon.
 
The PDF can be downloaded from the WTO website.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 20 (12 – 18 May 2014)

 
* China – Extra Free Trade Zones (FTZ)
 
China will set up a number of new free trade zones to boost foreign trade growth and increase the use of the renminbi.
 
See more here.
 
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* The World’s Biggest Public Companies
 
The Forbes magazine released the 2014 Global 2000. For the first time, China is home to the world’s three biggest companies; it also lands five of the top 10 spots.
 
Check here The 2014 Global 2000.
 
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* 2014 ICT Figures
 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) released 2014 ICT figures, please check for some of the most important findings:
 
* fixed-telephone subscriptions continue to decline
* mobile-cellular subscriptions to hit nearly 7 billion
* growth in fixed-broadband penetration slowing in developing countries
* mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally
* home internet access approaches saturation levels in developed countries
* three billion people will use the Internet by end of 2014
 
The latest ITU statistics are available here.
 
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* ICAO 2013 Annual Safety Report
 
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) released its annual Safety Report for 2013, reflecting very positive global aviation safety outcomes.
 
Read more here and download The ICAO 2014 Safety Report.
 

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News from World Health Organization

 
* Large Gains in Life Expectancy
 
People everywhere are living longer, according to the “World Health Statistics 2014”.
 
Read the press release on the “World Health Statistics 2014”.
 
World Health Statistics 2014.
 
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* Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health
 
Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO.
Alcohol consumption also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases and, in addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.
 
Read the press release on the global alcohol report.
 
Global status report on alcohol and health 2014.
 
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* Health for the World’s Adolescents
 
WHO’s “Health for the world’s adolescents” report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years.
The top 3 causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, and suicide.
 
Read the press release on adolescent health.
 
Read the “Health for the world’s adolescents” report.
 

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More Trade News in Brief Week 19 (5 – 11 May 2014)

 
* 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”.
 
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* 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.
 
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* 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.
 
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* 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.
 
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* 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.
 

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WHO’s Urban Air Quality Database

 
According to WHO database, about half of the urban population is exposed to air pollution that is at least 2.5 times higher than the recommended levels.
 
Read the press release on deteriorating air quality.
 
View the database on the quality of air in cities.

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FAO – Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

For the first time FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
 
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050.
 
Check here and here for more.

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News from UNCTAD

 
* The ICTPR Framework
 
 
UNCTAD has developed a model framework and methodology for conducting information and communications technologies (ICTs) policy reviews: The ICTPR Framework.
 
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Find the publication here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* Bilateral FDI Statistics
 
The UNCTAD’s Bilateral FDI Statistics provides up-to-date and systematic FDI data for 206 economies around the world, covering inflows (table 1), outflows (table 2), inward stock (table 3) and outward stock (table 4) by region and economy.
 
Read more about following the link.
 
Bilateral FDI Statistics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* Review of Investor-State Dispute Settlement Cases
 
UNCTAD publishes its annual review of investor-State dispute settlement cases (ISDS).
 
You can download it from here.diaeia_IssuesNote
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* 2013 Trade Statistics
 
According to UNCTAD and WTO estimates, world merchandise exports grew by 2%, while services trade recorded 5% increase in 2013.
 
For more details, check here.
 
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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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