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    UNIS/L/199
    13 June 2014

    Congo accedes to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

    VIENNA, 13 June (UN Information Service) - With its accession to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), the Republic of Congo becomes the eighty-first State Party to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for the Republic of Congo on 1 July 2015.

    The CISG provides an equitable and modern uniform framework for the contract of sale, which is the backbone of international trade in all countries, irrespective of their legal tradition or level of economic development. Its adoption and use may contribute significantly to introducing certainty in commercial exchanges and decreasing transaction costs.

    The CISG establishes a comprehensive code of legal rules governing the formation of contracts for the international sale of goods, the obligations of the buyer and seller, remedies for breach of contract and other aspects of the contract. A large number of major trading countries are already parties to the CISG, which is considered to be a core convention in international trade law.

    In the framework of the same trade law reform effort, the Republic of Congo has recently adopted the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts, which will enter into force for that country on 1 August 2014 (see press release UNIS/L/195).

    Further information on UNCITRAL texts is available on the UNCITRAL website at www.uncitral.org.

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    The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria.

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    For information contact:

    Timothy Lemay
    Principal Legal Officer
    UNCITRAL Secretariat
    Email: timothy.lemay[at]uncitral.org