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Trading Blocs, International Organizations, and Bilateral Agreements

Bilateral agreements

Trading blocs

ACP, African, Caribbean, and Pacific States

ACS.Association of Caribbean States

AFTA Asean Free Trade Area. 10 countries.

(ALADI)  Latin American Integration Association.

Anzerta (CER) Australian New Zeeland Closer Economic Agreement. The new name is CER.

APEC, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

APTA Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement.

ARF,  Asean Regional Forum.

ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations.

AU. African Union.

CACM.  Central American Common Market.

CAN Andean community.

Caricom, Caribbean Community.

CEFTA, Central European Free Trade Agreement.

CEMAC Economic and Monetary Community of Central.

CIS Commonwealth of Independent states.  

COMESA, Common market for eastern and southern Africa.

DR-CAFTA , Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement.

EAC, East African Community.

EAEC Eurasian Economic Community.

ECOEconomic Cooperation Organization.

ECOWASN, Economic Community if West African States.

EFTA the European Free Trade Association.

EUEuropean Union.

FTAA, Free Trade of the Americas.

GCC Gulf Cooperation Council.

GAFTA, Greater Arab Free Trade Area.

GSP, Generalised System of Preferences.

GSTP General System of Trade Preferences among Developing countries.

LAIALatin American Integration Association.

Magreb, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.


NAFTA North America Free Trade Agreement.

OAS, Organization of American States.

Pacific Community.

SAAC, South Asian Association for regional cooperation.

(SACU) Southern African Customs Union.

SADC. Southern Africa Development Community.

SAFTA, South Asian Association Free Trade Agreement.

SPARTECA South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement.

WAEMU, West African Economic and Monetary Union. 

UEMOA Union Econmique et Monetaire Quest Africaine.

UMA, Arab Maghreb Union. 

Other International Organisations of Interest

ADB. Asian Development Bank

AFDB. African Development Bank

EBRD. European Bank for reconstruction and Development.

G8. (Group Eight).

IATA. International Air Transport Association

IBRD. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It is part of the World Bank.

ICC. International Chamber of commerce

IFC. International Finance Corporation. Part of World Bank to stimulate investments in developing countries.

IMF. International Monetary Fund

ISO. International Organization for Standardization

OECD. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

OPEC. Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries

UN. United Nation

UNCTAD. United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development is UN’s organization for trade and investment.

World Customs Organization.

WTCA. World Trade Centers Association

WTO. World Trade Organisation (Former GATT)

Future Economy

GDP and economic development

PWC The world in 2050.

The wealth report. A global perspective.

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds a publication of the National Intelligence Council

Richest Countries In The World 2050. Huff post.

Video. Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four. More about this program:
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development using augmented reality animation story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

Continuously updated on population, Government and economics, Society and media. Environment, food, water, Energy and health.

The Global dept clock. Interactive map. The economist.|newe|9-3-2012|3337129|36829541|

Video. Financial Crisis – G20 Preview. 2008.  
Already, the World Bank estimates, high food and fuel prices have driven 100 million people into poverty.

Slides. 10 Decrepit Countries That Will Never Boom Again.

Slides. The 10 Fastest Growing Economies Of The Next 40 Years.


Video. Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise how and when. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.


Dubai’s Luxury Life – Full Documentary.

Video Go #InsideInnovation at Cisco IoE Innovation Center Songdo.
“Amazing things happen when you connect the previously unconnected.” Such is the work of Cisco’s Innovation Center in Songdo, Korea a city in one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

Songdo International City, South Korea Time lapse.

Video. Becamex IDC Corp Binh Duong New City.
3D rendering for Binh Duong New City. This ambitious project is developed by Becamex. This is a new city comprising of high-class apartments, buildings, malls, universities, administrative head-quarters, offices to host 1 million people.

The World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS (2015-2030’s)
A documentary on the ten most ambitious mega-projects currently under development around the world.


Trade development, WTO report. (New every year)

Oracle. E-Commerce. Report


Video. Global population growth.
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box. The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.

United Nations. Population forecast to 2050.

United Nation. Report on population development by country to 2050.

Labour force

Index Mundi. Labour force by country.

International Labour Organization. Employment trends.–en/index.htm

OECD.Stat Average annual hours actually worked per worker.

GFMAG. Unemployment rates around the world.

GFMAG Labor Productivity.

The Conference board. International compensation costs in Manufacturing.

GFMAG. Personal Income tax rates.


Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation. McKinsey Global Institute – November 2012.

Manufacturing, The factory of the future

The Future of Manufacturing. Opportunities to drive economic growth. Deloitte

Natural resources

Top 10 Energy Sources of the Future. These are ten most promising alternative energy sources of tomorrow.

10. Space-based solar power.

9. Human Power.

8. Tidal Power.

7. Hydrogen (fuel cells).

6. Geothermal heat from underground lava beds. ,

5. Nuclear Waste. 

4. Solar windows.

3. Bio-fuels (algae). .

2. Flying wind farms. .

1. Nuclear fusion.

Institute of energy research. World energy forecast 2035.

International Energy Agency. Energy outlook.

Video. TED.  Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells and some questions we haven’t yet solved.

Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy. In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper

Nautilus Energy. Mining under water.

Marketing and advertising

South Korean supermarket chain opens virtual grocery stores in subways
One inventive South Korean supermarket chain is using technology to completely change the way we buy groceries. Noticing that it was a distant second in the grocery store market in Korea, Tesco embarked on an innovative ad campaign to get people to use its online shopping services, reports.

How digital is transforming retail: The view from eBay. Does mobile commerce spell the end of traditional stores? In this series of short videos, Devin Wenig, the president of eBay Marketplaces, explains the impact of digitization and why retailers must evolve to survive.