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South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) & ASEAN

Dec 1, 2015

South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA- 1993) was envisaged primarily as the first step towards the transition to a South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) leading subsequently towards a Customs Union, Common Market and Economic Union. In 1995, the Sixteenth session of the Council of Ministers (New Delhi, 18-19 December 1995) agreed on the need to strive for the realization of SAFTA. At the12th SAARC Summit (Jan. 4-6, 2004) at Islamabad, the Capital City of Pakistan, SAPTA became SAFTA. ASEAN (1967) is a union of South-East Asian Nations.

BRICS Nations

Dec 1, 2015

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China, South Africa) was initially formulated in 2001 by economist Jim O'Neill, of Goldman Sachs, in a report on growth prospects for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China – which together represented a significant share of the world's production and population. In 2006, the four countries initiated a regular informal diplomatic coordination, with annual meetings of Foreign Ministers at the margins of the General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum)

Dec 1, 2015

IBSA was Established in June 2003,as a coordinating mechanism amongst three emerging countries(India, Brazil, South Africa), three multi ethnic and multicultural democracies, which are determined to: contribute to the construction of a new international architecture, bring their voice together on global issues, deepen their ties in various areas. Trade between IBSA partners has increased significantly since the Forum's inception and indications are that the target of US$ 25 billion by 2015 will be readily achieved.

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Nov 30, 2015

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) was created in 1944 to help Europe rebuild after World War II. Today, IBRD provides loans and other assistance primarily to middle income countries. IBRD is the original World Bank institution. It works closely with the rest of the World Bank Group (IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA) to help developing countries reduce poverty, promote economic growth, and build prosperity. IBRD is owned by the governments of its 188 member countries.

Countries with Passenger km per head of population

Jan 15, 2013
Countries with Passenger km per head of population

Passengers carried in rail transport per year

Jan 15, 2013

This article gives rail usage statistics by country according to the International Union of Railways and other sources.

Countries by rail transport network size

Jan 15, 2013

This list of countries by rail transport network size based on International Union of Railways data ranks countries by length of rail lines worked at end of year. 

Countries with more than 5 billion passenger-km

Jan 15, 2013

The list of Countries with more than 5 billion passenger-km.

Countries by road network

Jan 15, 2013

This is a list of countries by total road network size of both paved and unpaved.

Nuclear Power by Country

Jan 15, 2013

The list of Countries and their Nuclear Power.

Countries by military expenditures

Jan 15, 2013

The list is based on the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook 2012 which includes a list on the world's top 15 military spenders in 2011, based on current market exchange rates.

Countries by exports per capita

Jan 12, 2013

This is a list of countries by exports per capita.

Countries by exports

Jan 12, 2013

This is a list of countries by exports, based on the The World Factbook of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Countries by external debt

Jan 12, 2013

This is a list of countries by external debt owed to nonresidents repayable in internationally accepted currencies, goods, or services.

List of countries by forest area

Jan 12, 2013

The list of places by forest area as per Central Intelligence Agency 2011.

Countries by natural gas proven reserves

Jan 11, 2013

The list of countries by natural gas proven reserves based on The World Factbook.

Countries in Asia by Date of formation

Jan 11, 2013

The list of Countries in Asia by Date of formation

Countries by Fertility Rate

Jan 11, 2013

The list of all countries and dependent territories by total fertility rate (TFR) as per Central Intelligence Agency.

Countries by foreign-exchange reserves

Jan 9, 2013

Foreign-exchange reserves (also called Forex reserves) in a strict sense are only the foreign-currency deposits held by central banks and monetary authorities.

Countries by Electricity Consumption

Jan 8, 2013

This is a list of countries by electricity consumption, This list of countries by electric energy consumption is mostly based on CIA.

Countries by coal production

Jan 8, 2013

This is a list of countries by coal production in 2011, based mostly on the Statistical Review of World Energy published in 2012 by British Petroleum, ranking nations with coal production larger than 4 millions tonnes.

Countries by Proven oil reserves

Jan 7, 2013

This a list of countries by proven oil reserves. Proved reserves are those quantities of petroleum which, by analysis of geological and engineering data, can be estimated with a high degree of confidence to be commercially recoverable from a given date forward, from known reservoirs and under current economic conditions.

List of countries by Oil Production

Jan 7, 2013

This is a list of countries by oil production mostly based on Central Intelligence Agency.

List of sovereign states and dependent territories by population density

Jan 5, 2013

This is a list of countries and dependencies ranked by human population density, and measured by the number of human inhabitants per square kilometre or square mile.

Countries of the World by Land Area

Jan 5, 2013

The list of the world's sovereign states and their dependent territories by land area.

Countries by Birth Rate as per Central Intelligence Agency

Jan 3, 2013

This article includes three versions of the list of countries by crude birth rate. Crude birth rate refers to the number of births over a given period divided by the person-years lived by the population over that period.

Countries By GDP (PPP) as per IMF

Jan 3, 2013
The article includes a list of countries in the world sorted by their gross domestic product (GDP) as per International Monetary Fund 2011.

Trinidad and Tobago

Apr 1, 2011

Trinidad, the larger at 4,828 sq km, is mainly flat and rolling, with mountains in the north that reach a height of 3,085 ft at Mount Aripo. Tobago, at just 300 sq km, is heavily forested with hardwood trees.

Zimbabwe

Dec 15, 2010

Zimbabwe, a landlocked country in south-central Africa. It is bordered by Botswana on the west, Zambia on the north, Mozambique on the east, and South Africa on the south.

Zambia

Dec 15, 2010

Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa. The country is mostly a plateau that rises to 8,000 ft (2,434 m) in the east.

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