1. Communication Contact Points: Trade Facilitation Agreement
In order to facilitate the flow of information, and to assist in matchmaking between donors and Members and Observers, the WTO's TFA website provides information on national contact points for Trade Facilitation in developing and LDC Members.
If you would like to submit information or updates, please contact tfaf(at)wto.org or visit the link http://www.tfafacility.org/national-contact-points
2. OECD Trade Survey: Cross border data flows affecting international trade
The OECD is undertaking a project to investigate how regulation of cross border data flows affects international trade and business activity. These policies regulate how businesses can send data or information across borders, or whether they are required to store and process data within a jurisdiction.
The OECD is asking for logisticians for help by taking this brief (10-15 minute) survey. All responses will be kept strictly confidential and will only be presented in an aggregate format to preserve anonymity. To take the survey please click here. The deadline is set on October 13th.
3. OECD Trade Policy Papers: Contribution of Trade Facilitation Measures to the Operation of Supply Chains
An OECD report assesses how specific border procedures impact on the operation of supply chains and the resulting policy implications, using data from the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (TFIs) database and from the OECD-WTO database on trade-in-value-added.
To view the policy paper please visit the link http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/trade/contribution-of-trade-facilitation-measures-to-the-operation-of-supply-chains_5js0bslh9m25-en;jsessionid=16aasd845bq9s.x-oecd-live-02
4. OECD and World Bank Report: Policy options in trade and complementary areas for Global Value Chains Integration
The focus of the report is on making GVCs more "inclusive" by overcoming participation constraints for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitating access for Lower Income Developing Countries (LIDCs).
Two key facts emerge from this report: participation in GVCs is heterogeneous and uneven, across and within countries; and, available data and survey-based evidence suggest that SME participation in GVCs is mostly taking place through indirect contribution to exports, rather than through exporting directly. To read more please visit:http://www.oecd.org/tad/tradedev/OECD-WBG-g20-gvc-report-2015.pdf
5. European Commission Conference: Boosting Investments in Transport
The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport is organising a High Level Conference on Boosting Investments in Transport. Discussions will focus on how to enhance the financing of transport infrastructure projects and help deliver Europe's transport networks, which are key drivers of the long-term growth and competitiveness.
The Conference contributes to the priorities of President Juncker under the agenda of strengthening growth, investments and jobs. Please visit http://boostinginvestmentstransport.eu/ for the programme and registration.
In case you need further assistance or want to contact the organisers, please send an email to info(at)boostinginvestmentstransport.eu
6. WTO agrees membership terms for Liberia, paving way for formal decision in Nairobi
WTO members negotiating Liberia's accession agreed by consensus, ad referendum, on the terms of the country's WTO membership on 6 October 2015, paving the way for the country to join the organisation.
Liberia's membership terms will be presented to the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, 15-18 December, for a formal decision by ministers. To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/acc_lbr_06oct15_e.htm
7. WTO and UNCTAD sign declaration on increased cooperation on trade and development
A joint declaration on increased cooperation between the WTO and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the area of trade and development was signed on 12 October 2015 by UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at the WTO's Headquarters in Geneva.
To read more please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/dgra_12oct15_e.htm
8. First step towards new rail freight corridor in Europe
Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia have signed a letter of intent concerning the construction of a new railway corridor in Europe. In detail, the new Alpine - western Balkan corridor will encompass the Salzburg - Villach - Ljubljana - Zagreb routes, as well as the Wels/Linz - Graz - Maribor – Zagreb links, and continue on to Belgrade and Sofia and up to the Bulgarian/Turkish border.
Initially, this Alpine - western Balkan corridor will be set up for rail freight. This, in turn, will substantially simplify operational aspects in cross-border rail freight services. For more information please visit: www.bmvit.gv.at (only in German)
9. CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL THROUGH RAILWAY TRAFFIC
The Governments of the OSJD States recognised the importance of developing international railway traffic, stressing the need to create a common railway transport space in the Eurasian region, promoting an increase in the competitiveness of transcontinental railway routes.
The Organisation for Co-Operation between Railways (OSJD) adopted a revised text of the SMGS agreement; at a recent meeting the Immediate Past President Parisi gave a speech.
The new convention (convention on international through railway traffic) has been prepared during the last ten years by OSJD, in cooperation with its member States. The aim is to replace the existing SMGS agreement.
The OSJD Ministers Conference considered it necessary to convene an International Conference on adopting the text of the draft Convention no later than the end of 2016.
10. Logistics Sector Needs 11.7 Million Additional Workforce by 2022: Report
The rapidly growing logistics sector requires 11.7 million additional workforce by 2022, says a report from National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The logistics, transportation, warehousing and packaging sector, which currently employs over 16.74 million employees, is slated to employ more than 28.4 million employees by 2022, says the report.
16 October 2015