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International Economic Organizations: Other Organizations

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 by the leaders of BelarusKazakhstan and Russia

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 ChinaKazakhstanKyrgyzstanRussiaTajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

G7/G8

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.  

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

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.  

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
  • Red Book - Annual publication with data on payments and payment, clearing and settlement systems in select countries. Links to similar publications are provided here. 
  • Working Papers - Working Papers written by economists from the BIS, central bank - s and academic institutions.

BIS Statistics  

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.  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.

World Economic Forum

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. 

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

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.

World Customs Organization

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.