World Country Groupings Directory
World Country Groupings
World Country Groupings Directory
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AMERS – Americas
AMERS is a group consisting of North, Central, and South American countries.
APAC – Asia-Pacific
The APAC or Asia-Pacific region varies depending on the context, but it generally includes East Asia, Oceania, the Russian Far East, South Asia, and Southeast Asian countries.
APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
APEC—Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation—is a regional trade group agreement between Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan (under Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, the US, and members of the ASEAN grouping.
Arab League – Arab League
The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab countries.
ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The ASEAN—Association of Southeast Asian Nations— is a regional organization comprising ten Southeast Asian states.
AU – African Union
AU—African Union—is a continental union consisting of all fifty-five countries on the African continent.
Balkan States – Balkan States
The Balkan States (BS) is a group composed of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey. Sometimes Romania and Slovenia are included in the Balkan States grouping.
BASIC – Brazil, South Africa, India and China
The BASIC group is composed of four large newly industrialized countries, Brazil, South Africa, India, and China, to act jointly on climate change and emissions reduction.
BIMSTEC – The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
The BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is a group of countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia around the Bay of Bengal to promote technological and economic cooperation, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India, and China
BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is a grouping acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China deemed to be developing countries at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development, on their way to becoming developed countries.
BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) is a grouping acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa deemed to be developing countries at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development, on their way to becoming developed countries.
CARICOM – Caribbean Community
CARICOM (Caribbean Community) is an organization of fifteen Caribbean nations and dependencies.
CEE – Central and Eastern Europe
CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) is the group of Central and Eastern Europe countries.
CEFTA – Central European Free Trade Agreement
CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) Is a political alliance between the former Soviet Republics of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
CIS – Commonwealth of Independent States
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) is the Central European Free Trade Agreement, current members: Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, North Macedonia, and UNMIK for the territory.
CIVETS – Central and Eastern Europe
The CIVETS (Central and Eastern Europe) group comprises the six emerging market countries – Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa.
CoE – Council of Europe
CoE (Council of Europe) is an international organization founded in the wake of World War II to uphold human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949, it has 46 member states with a population of approximately 675 million; it operates with an annual budget of roughly 500 million euros.
Commonwealth of Nations – Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations (CoF) is the fifty-three member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.
CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Countries
CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) is the community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries.
CSTO – Collective Security Treaty Organization
CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia. The CSTO consists of select post-Soviet states. The treaty had its origins in the Soviet Armed Forces, which was replaced by the United Armed Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and then by the successor armed forces of the respective independent states.
DAC – Development Assistance Committee
DAC (Development Assistance Committee) is the group formed to discuss issues surrounding aid, development, and poverty reduction in developing countries. It describes itself as the "venue and voice" of the world's major donor countries.
DACH – Development Assistance Committee
DACH (Development Assistance Committee) is the group composed of the majority of German-speaking states of Central Europe (excludes the Principality of Liechtenstein). The group utilizes the German name of Germany and the Latin names of Austria and Switzerland. Germany (Deutschland), Austria (Austria), and Switzerland (Confoederatio Helvetica), with Dach meaning "roof" in German.
EAC – East African Community
EAC (East African Community) is an intergovernmental organization composed of seven East African countries in East Africa's African Great Lakes region: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republics of Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.
EAEU – Eurasian Economic Union
EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) is the economic union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and observer member countries of Moldova, Uzbekistan, and Cuba.
EALA – Europe, Africa, and Latin America
EALA (Europe, Africa, and Latin America) is the group of Europe, Africa and Latin America countries.
EaP – Eastern Partnership
EaP (Eastern Partnership) is a joint initiative of the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU) together with the EU, its member states, and six Eastern European partners governing the EU's relationship with the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
ECO – Economic Cooperation Organization
ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) is an Asian political and economic intergovernmental organization founded in 1985 in Tehran by the leaders of Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade and investment opportunities. The ECO is an ad hoc organization under the United Nations Charter. The objective is to establish a single market for goods and services like the European Union.
EEA – European Economic Area
EEA (European Economic Area) is a group of European countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU's single market. Switzerland is not an EU or EEA member but is part of the single market.
EEMEA – Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa
EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa) is a shorthand country grouping designation meaning Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The acronym is used by institutions and governments and in marketing and business when referring to this region: it is a shorthand way of referencing the two continents (Africa and Europe) and the Middle Eastern sub-continent at once.
It is widespread among North American companies and is mainly used when dividing a company's operations by geography.
EFTA – European Free Trade Association
EFTA (European Free Trade Association) is a regional trade organization and free trade area consisting of four European states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
EMEA – Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) is the group of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa countries.
EMEIA – Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India
EMEIA (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India) is the group of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India countries.
EU – European Union
EU (European Union) is a political and economic union of 27 member states located primarily in Europe.
Four Asian Tigers – Four Asian Tigers
FAT (Four Asian Tigers) is the group also known as the Four Asian Dragons or Four Little Dragons in Chinese and Korean; the developed East Asian economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
G-10 – Group of Ten
G-10 (Group of Ten) is the group that refers to the cluster of countries that agreed to participate in the General Arrangements to Borrow (GAB), an agreement to provide the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with additional funds to increase its lending ability.
G2 – Group of Two
G2 or The Group of Two (G-2 or G2) is a proposed informal special relationship between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America. Originally initiated in 2005 by C. Fred Bergsten as primarily an economic relationship, it began to gain wider currency and scope from foreign policy experts as a term recognizing the centrality of the Sino-American relations near the beginning of the Obama Administration.
G20 – Group of Twenty
G20 (Group of Twenty)is the group of the twenty significant economies comprising Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan,
G3 – Global Governance Group
G3 (Global Governance Group) is a group of 30 small to medium member countries collectively providing representation and input to the G20 (see Group of Twenty).
G4 – G4 Nations
G4 (G4 Nations) is a group comprised of Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan, four countries that support each other's bids for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.
G7 – Group of Seven
G7 (The Group of Seven) is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Its members are the world's largest IMF (International Monetary Fund) advanced economies and wealthiest liberal democracies. In addition, the European Union is a "non-enumerated member."
G77 – Group of 77
G77 (Group of 77) at the United Nations (UN) is a coalition of 134 developing countries designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations.
There were 77 founding members of the organization headquartered in Geneva, but it has since expanded to 134 member countries, according to the organization. Pakistan holds the chairmanship as of 2021.
G8+5 – Group of Eight + Five
G8+5 (Group of Eight + Five) is an international group that consists of the leaders of the heads of government from the G8 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America), plus the heads of government of the five leading emerging economies (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa).
In March 2014, Russia was cast out of the Group of 8 due to its involvement in the 2014 Crimea crisis in Ukraine, so the G8+5 in its original form is unlikely to reconvene with Russia present government.
GAS – Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
GAS (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) uncommonly, DACH is more widely used, is the group composed of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland countries.
GCC – Gulf Cooperation Council
GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Aarab Emirates. A regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq.
Greater China – Greater China
Greater China (GC) is a notional geographical area implying cultural homogeny among the Han Chinese people. The term "Greater China" usually refers to the area encompassing Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan in East Asia, where the majority are culturally and ethnically Han Chinese.
IBSA – India, Brazil, and South Africa
IBSA (India, Brazil, and South Africa) is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among India, Brazil, and South Africa countries.
Levant – Levant
The Levant is the group of countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea, namely Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus (and sometimes, especially in a historical context, including Turkey and Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire).
MEA – Middle East, and Africa
MEA (the Middle East and Africa) is the group consisting of the Middle East and African countries.
MENA – Middle East and North Africa
MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) is a grouping of countries in and around the Middle East and North Africa. It is also known as WANA, which refers to the Middle East as Western Asia. MENA is often used as a regional identifier in academia, military planning, disaster relief, media planning (as a broadcast region), and business writing.
MEP – Middle East and Pakistan
MEP (the Middle East and Pakistan) is the group consisting of Middle East countries and Pakistan.
Mercosur – Southern Common Market
Mercosur (Southern Common Market) is a South American trade bloc established by the Treaty of Asunción in 1991 and the Protocol of Ouro Preto in 1994. Its full members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Venezuela is a full member but has been suspended since 1 December 2016. Associate countries are Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname.
META – Middle East, Turkey and Africa
META (Middle East, Turkey, and Africa) is a group consisting of the Middle East, Turkey, and African countries.
MIKTA – Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia
MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia) The informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia, supports effective global governance.
MINT – Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey
MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey) is the group of the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey.
N11 – Next Eleven
N11 (Next Eleven) is the group consisting of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam – identified as having a high potential of becoming, along with the BRICS countries, among the world's largest economies in the 21st century.
NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement
NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) is a controversial trade pact signed in 1992 that gradually eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers on products and services passing between the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico.
NALA – North America and Latin America
NALA (North America and Latin America) North America and Latin America countries.
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 member states – 28 European states, the United States of America, and Canada. New member states are currently in the process of joining the organization.
As of June 28, 2022, Finland and Sweden were accepted by NATO member states as the newest member states after NATO members reached a consensus with Turkey during the 2022 NATO Summit.
OAS – Organization of American States
OAS (Organization of American States) is a continental organization of the 35 independent nations within North, Central, and South America.
OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an intergovernmental organization with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. It is a forum the members of countries describe themselves as committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a platform to compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices, and coordinate domestic and international policies of its members.
Most OECD members are high-income economies with a very high Human Development Index (HDI) and are regarded as developed countries.
OPEC – Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) is an intergovernmental organization of 13 countries.
Founded on 14 September 1960 in Baghdad by the first five members (Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela), it has, since 1965, been headquartered in Vienna, Austria. However, Austria is not an OPEC member state. As of September 2018, the 13 member countries accounted for an estimated 44 percent of global oil production and 81.5 percent of the world's "proven" oil reserves, giving OPEC a significant influence on global oil prices that were previously determined by the so-called "Seven Sisters" grouping of multinational oil companies.
P5 – Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council
P5 (Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council) are the permanent members' group of the United Nations Security Council (also known as the Permanent Five, Big Five, or P5) are the five sovereign states to whom the UN Charter of 1945 grants a permanent seat on the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia,
Pacific Alliance – Pacific Alliance
PA (Pacific Alliance) Is the trade bloc of states bordering the Pacific Ocean. Permanent members include Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
PIGS – PIGS
PIGS is the group of economies of Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, and Ireland.
RCEP – Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is a free trade agreement among the Asia-Pacific nations of Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The 15 member countries account for about 30% of the world's population (2.2 billion people) and 30% of global GDP ($29.7 trillion), making it the most significant trade bloc in history.
Rio Group – Rio Group
RG (Rio Group) is an international organization of Latin American and some Caribbean states that was succeeded in 2010 by the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States.
SAARC – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia.
Its member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. SAARC comprises 3% of the world's land area, 21% of the world's population, and 5.21% (USD 4.47 trillion) of the global economy as of 2021.
SCO – Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) is a transcontinental political, economic, security, and military alliance. In terms of geographic scope and population, it is the world's largest regional organization, covering approximately 60% of the area of Eurasia, 40% of the world population, and more than 30% of the global GDP.
SEA – South-East Asia
SEA (South-East Asia) is the geographical south-eastern region of Asia, consisting of the areas that are situated south of China, east of the Indian subcontinent, and northwest of Australia.
UN – United Nations
UN (United Nations) is an intergovernmental organization whose purpose is to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations.
It is the world's largest and most familiar international organization.
The UN is headquartered on international territory in New York City and has other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna, and The Hague (home to the International Court of Justice).
V4 – Visegrád Group
V4 (Visegrád Group), also known as the Visegrád Four, the V4, or the European Quartet, is a cultural and political alliance of four Central and Eastern European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.
VISTA – Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey and Argentina
VISTA (Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, and Argentina) is an emerging markets grouping proposed in 2006 by the BRICs Economic Research Institute of Japan.