Asia Infrastructure Bank. New international financial institution led by the government of China to finance infrastructure projects in Asia.
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.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Eurasian political, economic and military organization founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
The G7/G8 is an intergovernmental economic organization consisting of the countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since 1975 heads of state from these countries have met annually to discuss economic policies.
G7/G8 Information Center and Research Group. From the Munk School of International Affairs at the University of Toronto. Contains meetings records, official documents, data sets, conclusions, commentary, and lists of scholarly works on G7 & G8 summits going back in some cases to the 1970's.
The Bank for International Settlements. Organization of 60 central banks from countries that make up about 95% of world GDP. Helps central banks pursue monetary and financial stability, foster international cooperation, and acts as a bank for central banks.
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. The fourth summit is the first to have a (known) official web site. Many ssummit sites are no longer maintained.
For key documents produced at these summits see the University of Toronto Brics Information Center.
The World Economic Forum (WEF). Swiss organization known for its annual meeting in Davos. The meeting attracts hundreds of business and political leaders as well as intellectuals and journalists who discuss current business, economic, and social issues.
WEF projects. The WEF 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.
The World Customs Organization (WCO). Maintains the Harmonized System (HS) of taririf nomenclature, an international standard 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). Includes 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 foreigntrade.com and hscode.org.
HS Concordance - From the WITS database. A concordance (crosswalk) that links the HS codes with several others, including the SITC and ISIC, at various revisions.