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International Finance & Economic Organizations

  • Bank of International Settlements - The BIS is an international organisation which fosters cooperation among central banks and other agencies in pursuit of monetary and financial stability. It is based in Basel Switzerland. 

  • International Monetary Fund - The IMF is an international organization of 184 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.

  • The World Bank - The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance. Its primary focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. This site provides an overview of how the Bank uses its financial resources, its highly trained staff, and its extensive knowledge base to help developing countries onto paths of stable, sustainable, and equitable growth.

  •  Group Of Eight (G-8) - Since 1975, the heads of state or government of the major industrial democracies have been meeting annually to deal with the major economic and political issues facing their domestic societies and the international community as a whole. The six countries at the first summit, held at Rambouillet, France in November 1975, were France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan and Italy. They were joined by Canada  in 1976 in , and by the European Community at the London Summit of 1977. From then on, membership in the G7 was fixedThe G7/8 Summit has consistently dealt with macroeconomic management, international trade, and relations with developing countries. Lately Russia was added to the group making it a group of 8 from a group of 7. Questions of East-West economic relations, energy, and terrorism have also been of recurrent concern. From this initial foundation the summit agenda has broadened considerably to include microeconomic issues such as employment and the information highway, transnational issues such as the environment, crime and drugs, and a host of political-security issues ranging from human rights through regional security to arms control.

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was established in 1989 to promote economic integration around the Pacific Rim and to sustain economic growth. APEC currently has 21 members: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Republic of the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; USA; Vietnam. APEC is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC has a membership of 21 economic jurisdictions, a population of over 2.5 billion and a combined GDP of 19 trillion US dollars accounting for 47 percent of world trade.

  • World Economic Forum - The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world.
    The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship. 

  • International Finance Corporation - Established in 1956, IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world. It promotes sustainable private sector development primarily by: Financing private sector projects located in the developing world; Helping private companies in the developing world mobilize financing in international financial markets; Providing advice and technical assistance to businesses and governments.

  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - The OECD groups 30 member countries  sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries , NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics , its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics , to trade , education , development  and science and innovation .

  • The Institute for International Economics - The Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981 the Institute has provided timely, objective analysis and concrete solutions to key international economic problems.

  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC is an international Organization of eleven developing countries which are heavily reliant on oil revenues as their main source of income. Membership is open to any country which is a substantial net exporter of oil and which shares the ideals of the Organization. The current Members are Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

  • International Energy Agency - The International Energy Agency, based in Paris, is an autonomous agency linked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The IEA is the energy forum for 26 Member countries. IEA Member governments are committed to taking joint measures to meet oil supply emergencies. They have also agreed to share energy information, to co-ordinate their energy policies and to co-operate in the development of rational energy programmes.

 

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