• ICS will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva this week, as shipowners’ global trade association launches ‘Shipping Policy Principles for Pandemic Recovery’, setting out Calls to Action to governments as national economies seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • WTO Conference takes place against the backdrop of ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which has forced WTO economists to reassess expectations of merchandise trade growth downward to 3% in 2022, from previous forecasts of 4.7%.
  • WTO Director General, Okonjo-Iweala, has proposed a formal Dialogue between the WTO and the maritime transport sector, highlighting the importance of collaboration between the WTO and the global shipping industry which moves about 90% of global trade.

Geneva, Switzerland. 13 June 2022: the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), alongside other leading business organisations, is joining WTO Ministers from across the world in Geneva this week, aiming to deliver concrete results at the organisation’s upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12).

This Dialogue will serve as an opportunity for senior government officials and industry to exchange views on critical issues and challenges confronting the Multilateral Trading System, in the context of recent developments impacting the global economy, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, global energy crises and recovery from COVID-19.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming Ministerial meeting, Guy Platten, Secretary General at ICS, commented:

“We were very encouraged and fully support Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s message to the shipping industry proposing a formal Dialogue between the WTO and the maritime transport sector. There have been a number of developments which have further emphasised the need for WTO and industry collaboration this past year. ICS and the WTO, as the facilitators of free trade throughout the world, are united on many issues but none more so than our shared values and principles of open and unimpeded access to international markets.

We are committed to engaging with the WTO in this comprehensive Dialogue, and hope that our ICS Shipping Policy Principles will provide a building block for discussions between the shipping industry and governments.”

The new Shipping Policy Principles strengthen the shipping industry’s commitment to the maintenance of a rules-based global trading system and a global regulatory framework which embraces open markets and fair competition; plus strict adherence to internationally adopted standards. ICS outlines ten ‘Policy Priorities’ and complementary ‘Calls to Action’ by governments in critical policy areas, to help support  efficiency of the global maritime transport system which carries about 90% of world trade, the majority which now serves the economies of developing countries.


Maritime General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Privacy Policy Generator!

The main focus of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the protection of personal data and digital privacy.

Because of this, your Privacy Policy is going to be an important part of your GDPR compliance plan.

A Privacy Policy is where you let your users know:

  • What personal information you collect
  • How and why you collect it
  • How you use it
  • How you secure it
  • Any third parties with access to it
  • If you use cookies
  • How users can control any aspects of this

Privacy Policies tend to be long, dense legal agreements with a lot of detailed information. Your users might feel intimidated by page after page of technical information, which is what the GDPR is working to avoid.

Update your Privacy Policy to be GDPR-compliant by cutting out legalese and using clear language that your average user will understand.

Along with the seven standard points above, you must also include the following information in your Privacy Policy to be GDPR-compliant.

Note that each point doesn’t have to be a separate clause. As long as the information is somewhere in your Policy, it will work.

1. Who your Data Controller is

2. Contact information for the Data Controller

3. Whether you use data to make automated decisions

4. Inform users of the 8 rights they have have under the GDPR

5. Whether providing data is mandatory

6. Whether you transfer data internationally

7. What’s your legal basis for processing data

Source : TermsFeed – Online Privacy Generator



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