* 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”.——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* 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.
* Trade developments in 2013-2015
WTO published a work paper on the state of the world economy and trade in 2013 and previsions for 2014-2015.
Download this press release.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* ISO’s 2013 Annual ReportInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO) published its 2013 report including themes like: financial statements, ISO key figures for 2013, an updated interactive map featuring our members and their participation in technical work and a fold-out leaflet.
Discover ISO’s Annual Report 2013.
——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* Malta & Moldova Sign DTA
Malta and Moldova sign a dual taxation treaty (DTT).
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——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* Belgium: FATCA Deal With US
Belgium and the US will sign an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in Brussels on April 23 for the implementation of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
See more about following the link.
* 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.
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——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* Cayman, UK Sign ‘FATCA’-type Agreement
The Cayman Islands signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the United Kingdom.
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——————————————————————————————————————————————–—* Canada & Honduras – Free Trade Deal
Canada and Honduras signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).