Posts Tagged free trade agreement (FTA)

More Trade News in Brief Week 37 (7 – 13 September 2015)

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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More Trade News in Brief Week 2 (6 – 12 January 2014)

* ILO’s  Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM)
ILO released the latest edition of KILM – an online reference tool offering data and analysis on the world’s labour market – includes information about the dynamics of job losses and job creation in 70 developed and emerging economies.
Check the Press Release.
Download the Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM) – 8th edition.
* World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2013 Edition
WIPO published the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2013 which provides a wide range of indicators covering different areas of intellectual property.
Download the full report here.
* Uzbekistan Joins CIS Free Trade Zone
Uzbekistan has ratified a treaty which makes Uzbekistan the ninth member of the free trade area of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Aside from Uzbekistan, the free trade agreement (FTA) includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have signed but not yet ratified the agreement.
Please find more here.

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More Trade News in Brief Week 24 (11 – 16 June 2013)

* Israel & Columbia Signed FTA
10 June 2013, Jerusalem
Israel and Columbia signed a free trade agreement (FTA).
Read more here.
* New EU Open Data Rules
13 June 2013, Brussels
The EU’s Parliament adopted the updated EU rules on the re-use of public sector information.
The aim of the rules is to make it easier for businesses to obtain access and permission to re-use government-held information.
Check here for more.
Open Data website.
* Investor Education Gateway
 4 June 2013, Madrid
IOSCO revealed its new website feature – the Investor Education Gateway.
 This online tool is an education initiative and aims to enhance the sharing of investor education information.
Check here the new initiative.
* A Common European Asylum System
12 June 2013, Strasbourg
EU adopted updated rules on asylum applications; these include common procedures, the creation of a basic set or rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU and a proposal to stop transfers to member states struggling to cope with the number of asylum seekers and related responsibilities.
Kindle read the press release here.
DG Home Affairs website.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 15 (8 – 14 April 2013)

* WB – Sector Results Profile
The World Bank published some examples of results of its programs in different sectors, please check bellow:
Environment: Sector Results Profile
Information and Communication Technologies: Results Profile
Oceans: Sector Results Profile
Climate Change: Sector Results Profile
Water Resources Management: Sector Results Profile
Water Supply and Sanitation: Sector Results Profile
* BIS – Basel III Implementation
The Bank for International Settlements on progress in adoption of the Basel III regulatory reforms
Please check the press release and the report.
* China and Iceland Sign Free Trade Agreement
China and Iceland signed a free trade agreement. Iceland is first in Europe to sign free trade pact with China.
For further information please check here and here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 8 (18 – 24 February 2013)

* Japan & South Africa Sign Investment MOU
Japan and South Africa formally signed a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Follow the link.
* Vietnam & San Marino Sign DTA
Vietnam and San Marino signed a double taxation agreement (DTA).
Check here.
 * WIPO – Global Brand Database
After adding six national collections of trademark records, including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection, The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) now has world’s largest collection of trademark records.
The Global Brand Database now is the world’s largest free, public trademark search facility. 
Check the Press Release.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 6 (4 – 10 February 2013)

* WHO, WIPO, WTO – Medical Technologies and Innovation
5 February 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) released the “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation: Intersections between Public Health, Intellectual Property and Trade”.
Find more about this study here.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - Logo                       World Health Organization (WHO) - Logo                  World Trade Organization (WTO) - Logo
* Turkey – Mauritius Signed FTA
7 February 2013
Turkey and Mauritius signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Check here.
Read more about the Turkey’s FTA’s here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 51 (17 – 23 December 2012)

* EU & Singapore Concluded FTA
The European Commission & Singapore have concluded the negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA).
Check here.
* US to Modernize Its Customs
US introduced the Customs Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012. The bill’s aim is to modernize the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and boost the enforcement of trade laws governing import duties.
For more follow the link.
* Andorra’s Tax Reforms
The tax heaven small country Andorra announced the implementation of “courageous” reforms in order to construct a completely new tax system.
More here.

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More Trade News in Brief – Week 40 (24 – 30 September 2012)

* Canada-Jordan FTA Enters Into Force
The free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and Jordan was signed in June, 2009 and it is to enter into force on October 1, 2012.
* US Forbids To Comply With EU ETS
US Senate Forbids US’s airlines to complying with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
More here.
* Basel III monitoring exercise as of 31 December 2011
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published the report regarding the implications of the Basel III standards for financial markets.
More here.

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European Union’s Agreements

* Algeria Delays Implementation of FTA with EU
Algeria has successfully asked for more time to fully lift tariff restrictions with the European Union (EU) under the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which entered into force on September 1, 2012.
Now, the EU-Algeria free trade agreement should be fully phased-in by 2020, and not by 2017.
* ACP Group Urged To Conclude EPA Negotiations with EU
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) aimed to conclude their negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) this year.

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Japan and Turkey Initiate Talks on FTA

21 July 2012,  Tokyo
After the meeting of the Turkish Economy Minister and the Japanese Foreign Minister and its Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, both countries expressed their desire to initiate talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) as soon as possible and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on setting up a framework for economic cooperation.
Please read more following the link.

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