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International Economic Organizations: Other

This a guide to the work and information of International Economic and Financial Organizations, including the World Bank, IMF, OECD, WTO and others.

Emerging Organizations

Asia Infrastructure Bank. New international financial institution led by the government of China to finance infrastructure projects in Asia.

Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). New economic union of nations located primarily in northern Eurasia. The treaty establishing of the EEU was signed in May 2014 by the leaders of BelarusKazakhstan and Russia, and came into force in January 2015. 

New Development Bank (BRICS Bank)Multilateral development bank operated by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as an alternative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The Bank is set up to foster financial and development cooperation among emerging markets. 

​Shanghai Cooperation Organization.  Eurasian political, economic and military organization founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of ChinaKazakhstanKyrgyzstanRussiaTajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS )is the world's oldest international financial organization and has 60 member central banks from countries around the world that make up about 95% of world GDP. The BIS helps central banks ito pursue monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation, and to act as a bank for central banks.  

Research and Publications

  • BIS Papers - Prepared for meetings of senior officials from central banks held at the BIS and publications by members of the BIS staff.
  • Committee Publications - Includes publications from the BIS Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures which promotes the safety and efficiency of payments, clearing, settlements and other arrangements.
  • Quarterly Review - Primary BIS Academic Journal
  • Statistics on Payment, Clearing and Settlement Systems (Red Book) - Annual publication that provides data on payments and payment, clearing and settlement systems in select countries.  Not all countries are covered - links to similar publications (with colored titles) are provided here. 
  • Working Papers - Working Papers written by economists from the BIS, central bank - s and academic institutions.


BRICS Summits

Summits for BRICS Countries (Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa) have been held since the first, held in Russia in 2009; South Africa joined in 2011. Since then summits have been held annually in the following countries.  The fourth summit is the first to have a (known) official web site.

Sixth BRICS Summit - Hosted by Brazil, 2014

Fifth BRICS Summit  - Hosted by South Africa, 2013

Fourth BRICS Summit - Hosted by India, 2012 (Via Internet Archive)

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss international nonprofit best known for its annual meeting held in Davos in the Swiss Alps. The meeting attracts hundreds of business and political leaders as well as selected intellectuals and journalists who discuss current business, economic, and social issues. The forum also hosts a series of regional meetings.

Reports and Publications.   Reports which examine a broad range of global economic and social ssues. Their flagship publication is the Global Competitiveness Report.

Projects.  The WEG sponsors numerous of projects and initiatives proposed by it's various groups or "communities."  Examples include gender parity, corruption, the environment, development finance, and others.

World Customs Organization

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is known for maintaining  the Harmonized System (HS) of taririf nomenclature, an international standard system of names and numbers to classify traded products.  

Trade databases such as UN COMTRADE and the World Integrated Trade Solutions (WITS) present data on traded products using both the HS system and the UN Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).  

HS Nomenclature (various years).  Browseable print-like version.  Inlcudes 5,000 commodity groups  identified by a six digit code, arranged in a taxonomic structure and supported by well-defined rules. Other versions that are keyword searchable include those from the and

HS Concordance - From the WITS database. A concordance (crosswalk) that links the HS codes with several others, including the SITC and ISIC, at various revisons.

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