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International Business and Economics: Sources of Information

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U.S. Government Agencies

Country Commercial Guides U.S. Commercial Service.

Written by U.S. Embassy trade experts worldwide these guides serve as an excellent starting point for information on exporting and doing business overseas including Market Overview, Challenges, Opportunities & Entry Strategies; Political Environment; Selling U.S. Products and Services; Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports and Investment; Trade Regulations, Customs and Standards; Investment Climate Statement; Trade and Project Financing; and Business Travel.

Country Information. U.S. Dept. of State

Provides country specific information for Americans traveling overseas.

Country Studies. Federal Research Division. The Library of Congress

"Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world."

CIA World Factbook

"Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."

Investment Climate Statements. U.S. Dept. of State

"Investment Climate Statements provide country-specific information and assessments prepared by U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions abroad on investment laws and practices in those countries."

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets. U.S. Dept. of State

Provides overview of the U.S. relations with the listed countries and offers links to other resources on the country.

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International Organizations

Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations. Farmington Hills, MI : Gale Research, c1989-.
LC Call Number: AS8.E53
LC Catalog Record: 89645065

A guide to more than 20,500 international nonprofit membership organizations including multinational and bi-national groups.

International Monetary Fund (IMF). External Link

An international organization of 189 member countries whose goal is 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 aid economies' balance of payments adjustments. The IMF web site provides a variety of information resources which include: IMF finance information, Country Information, financial statistics, news, and access to IMF publications. The Country Info tab has an alphabetical list of countries which serves as a gateway to various IMF documents and information related to each country. The publications section allows for searching as well as browsing by subject, title, and author. The data section provides access to numerous IMF databases of financial and economic data.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). External Link

The OECD consists of 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. OECD produces well known publications and statistics that cover economic and social issues as well as country surveys and reviews. The OECD web site also provides access to member country data, OECD publications, statistics and statistics links, and global news and reports. The web site is also in French. A subscription based product, OECD iLibrary provides access to full-text of current and historical publications. (Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers.)

United Nations (UN). External Link

A global institution presently comprised of 193 member states, the United Nations leads global efforts to solve problems which challenge humanity. The UN and its affiliated organizations work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease, foster development and reduce poverty. The UN also provides loans to developing countries and assists in efforts to stabilize financial markets. The UN website which is available in multiple languages provides access to wealth of UN resources such as: organizational information, member country links, country data, UN publications, statistics, economic and trade data, UN projects information, UN official documents, as well as news, reports, and webcasts.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) External Link

UNDP's central mission is to help countries to eradicate poverty and achieve a sustainable level of human development by providing assistance to develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions. Information on UNDP projects and a variety of publications are available on their website.

The World Bank. External Link

The World Bank is owned by more than 180 member countries with the primary focus of assisting developing countries. The World Bank is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance intended to improve living standards and eliminate the poverty. The World Bank works with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to formulate assistance strategies. The Bank assists developing countries by directing towards a path of stable, sustainable, and equitable growth, and emphasizing the need for investing in health and education, social development, poverty reduction, strengthening government efficiency delivery of services, protecting environment, encouraging business development, and promoting macroeconomic reforms. The Word Bank is also made up of four other institutions consisting of: The International Development Association; International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; International Finance Corporation; Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency; and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The World Bank web site provides links to country & regional data, information resources and related reports; Data & Statistics; Documents & Reports; Economic Research; Projects, Policies & Strategies; and links to World Bank publications. Web site is in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic.
World Bank eLibrary is a subscription database that provides access to World Bank's collection of nearly 6,000+ final, peer-reviewed books, reports, journals, and working papers. (Access limited to onsite patrons and other subscribers.)

World Economic Forum. External Link

The World Economic Forum is an independent organization with the goal of improving the state of the world. The organization is funded by the contributions of 1,000 of the world's most prominent corporations. The Forum is intended to serve in the global public interest by encouraging economic growth and social progress. Their web site provides access to world news, and reports, information resources covering a number of global issues, technology information, events, and a media center which includes World Economic Forum publications including the Global Competitiveness Report,External Link The Arab World Competitiveness Report, Global Information Technology Report, and the Africa Competitiveness Report,External Link press releases and webcasts.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). External Link

WIPO is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property--patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.--as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. Its resources include the Global Brand Database,External Link the largest free, public resource for searching trademarks and other brand-related information. Other resources on the WIPO website include: case studies, country profiles, databases, official documents, standards, statistics, webcasts, and publications and reports. Interface and contents are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

World Trade Organization (WTO). External Link

The World Trade Organization is the only global international organization created to address the rules of trade between nations. Central to its existence are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by most of the world's trading nations and ratified in the parliaments of member nations. The goal of the organization is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers to effectively conduct global commerce. The WTO web page provides links to organizational information, WTO news and webcasts, trade topics and reports, official documents consisting of legal texts, trade policy agreements and dispute settlement reports. Other resources include economic research and analysis, statistics, and WTO publications. Web site in English, Spanish, and French.

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