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Member countries of the European Union

 

AUSTRIA

Year of EU entry: 1995

Capital city: Vienna

Total area: 83 870 km²

Population: 8.3 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1995

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BELGIUM

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Brussels

Total area: 30 528 km²

Population: 10.7 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1985

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BULGARIA

Year of EU entry: 2007

Capital city: Sofia

Total area: 111 910 km²

Population: 7.6 million

Currency: lev (лв)

Schengen area: Not a member ofSchengen

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CROATIA

Year of EU entry: 2013

Capital city: Zagreb

Total area: 56 594 km²

Population: 4 398 150

Currency: kuna

Schengen area: Croatia is expected to join the Schengen area by 2015

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CYPRUS

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Nicosia

Total area: 9 250 km²

Population: 0.8 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2008 (€)

Schengen area: Not a member ofSchengen

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CZECH REPUBLIC

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Prague

Total area: 78 866 km²

Population: 10.5 million

Currency: Czech koruna (Kč)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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DENMARK

Year of EU entry: 1973

Capital city: Copenhagen

Total area: 43 094 km²

Population: 5.5 million

Currency: Danish krone (kr.)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1996

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ESTONIA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Tallinn

Total area: 45 000 km²

Population: 1.3 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2011 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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FINLAND

Year of EU entry: 1995

Capital city: Helsinki

Total area: 338 000 km²

Population: 5.3 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1996

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FRANCE

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Paris

Total area: 550 000 km²

Population: 64.3 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1985

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GERMANY

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Berlin

Total area: 356 854 km²

Population: 82 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1985

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GREECE

Year of EU entry: 1981

Capital city: Athens

Total area: 131 957 km²

Population: 11.2 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2001 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1992

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HUNGARY

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Budapest

Total area: 93 000 km²

Population: 10 million

Currency: forint (Ft)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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IRELAND

Year of EU entry: 1973

Capital city: Dublin

Total area: 70 000 km²

Population: 4.5 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Not a member ofSchengen

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ITALY

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Rome

Total area: 301 263 km²

Population: 60 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1990

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LATVIA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Riga

Total area: 65 000 km²

Population: 2.3 million

Currency: lats (Ls)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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LITHUANIA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Vilnius

Total area: 65 000 km²

Population: 3.3 million

Currency: litas (Lt)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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LUXEMBOURG

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Luxembourg

Total area: 2 586 km²

Population: 0.5 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1985

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MALTA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Valletta

Total area: 316 km²

Population: 0.4 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2008 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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NETHERLANDS

Year of EU entry: Founding member (1952)

Capital city: Amsterdam

Total area: 41 526 km²

Population: 16.4 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1985

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POLAND

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Warsaw

Total area: 312 679 km²

Population: 38.1 million

Currency: Zloty (zł)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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PORTUGAL

Year of EU entry: 1986

Capital city: Lisbon

Total area: 92 072 km²

Population: 10.6 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1991

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ROMANIA

Year of EU entry: 2007

Capital city: Bucharest

Total area: 237 500 km²

Population: 21.5 million

Currency: Romanian leu

Schengen area: Not a member ofSchengen

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SLOVAKIA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Bratislava

Total area: 48 845 km²

Population: 5.4 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2009 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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SLOVENIA

Year of EU entry: 2004

Capital city: Ljubljana

Total area: 20 273 km²

Population: 2 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 2007 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 2007

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SPAIN

Year of EU entry: 1986

Capital city: Madrid

Total area: 504 782 km²

Population: 45.8 million

Currency: Member of the eurozonesince 1999 (€)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1991

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SWEDEN

Year of EU entry: 1995

Capital city: Stockholm

Total area: 449 964 km²

Population: 9.2 million

Currency: krona (kr)

Schengen area: Member of theSchengen area since 1996

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UNITED KINGDOM

Year of EU entry: 1973

Capital city: London

Total area: 244 820 km²

Population: 61.7 million

Currency: pound sterling (£)

Schengen area: Not a member ofSchengen

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Invest in world’s fastest growing and emerging markets, Brics Countries 

BRICS

 

India Profile

The world’s largest democracy and second most populous country emerged as a major power in the 1990s. It is militarily strong, has major cultural influence and a fast-growing and powerful economy.


China Profile

Nowadays China is one of the world’s top exporters and is attracting record amounts of foreign investment. In turn, it is investing billions of dollars abroad. The collapse in international export markets that accompanied the global financial crisis of 2009 initially hit China hard, but its economy was among the first in the world to rebound, quickly returning to growth. In February 2011 it formally overtook Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy.


Russia Profile

Russia emerged from a decade of post-Soviet economic and political turmoil to reassert itself as a world power. Income from vast natural resources, above all oil and gas, have helped Russia overcome the economic collapse of 1998. The state-run gas monopoly Gazprom is the world’s largest producer and exporter, and supplies a growing share of Europe’s needs.


South Africa Profile

Diversity is a key feature of South Africa, where 11 languages are recognised as official, where community leaders include rabbis and chieftains, rugby players and returned exiles, where traditional healers ply their trade around the corner from stockbrokers and where housing ranges from mud huts to palatial homes with swimming pools.


Brazil Profile

Brazil is larger than the continental US and Australia. It is the fifth largest country in the world. With a population of 195 million, Brazil is also the fifth most populous country and fourth largest democracy. Sao Paulo is the second most populous city in the world, with almost 11 million people and nearly 22 million in the metropolitan area. Brazil is also one of the most unequal societies. 5% of the population own 85% of the wealth.

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COUNTRIES PROFILES

Economic integration in COMESA is at an advanced stage, where COMESA has achieved a key milestone in terms of the establishment of a fully functional free trade area with 14 Member States, which increased the intra COMESA trade to USD 12.7 billion in 2009, from only 2.6 billion in 1999 – a near five-fold increase in less than ten years. Following, the launch of the COMESA Customs Union in 2009, which is expected to further increase the intra trade and investment, in addition COMESA is on the road of having a Common Market in 2014 and the Monetary union by 2018.COMESA’s greatest asset is its abundant natural resources. These include water resources – sea, fresh water lakes and rivers – and vast tracts of arable land which offer huge potential for investment in commercial agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and floriculture, and agro-processing.
The COMESA region is also endowed with a wide variety of mineral resources, including sizeable deposits of copper, gold, platinum, nickel; cobalt and iron. It offers investment opportunities in mining, manufacturing and processing in a wide variety of goods and other industrial products. There are also opportunities for oil exploration and refining in a number of the COMESA Member States.COMESA further offers some of the best tourist destinations in the world. The region boasts a wide array of flora and fauna as well as magnificent mountains, craters, lakes and rivers – all of which guarantee attractive returns on investment in the hospitality and related industries. The world-renowned Masai Maraa and Serengeti national parks, the Victoria Falls and the Hwange National park, the Mountains of the Moon, the Mountain Gorillas, the Source of the Nile and indeed, Lake Victoria – the second largest freshwater lake in the world – are unique endowments of diverse natural beauty. Similarly, the region boasts an amazing collection of scenic attractions including the sandy beaches of the vast East African coastline and many world heritage and cultural sights.In the services sector, phenomenal growth has been recorded in financial services, health care, education and ICT. The latter is among the fastest growing and most profitable sectors of the regional economy – with mobile telephony comfortably exceeding initial projections. The COMESA Member States have consistently implemented conducive macro, fiscal and monetary economic policies to facilitate both the inflow and outflow of financial resources and high returns on investment.

 

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SADC MEMBER STATES
  • Angola

    Angola

     

    The Republic of Angola covers 1,247,000 km² in the western region of Southern Africa.  It is the second largest country south of the Sahara after the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country can be divided into six geomorphologic areas: Coastal area, marginal mountain chains, the old tableland, Zaire basin and the basins of the Zambezi and Cubango.

     

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  • Botswana

    Botswana

     

    Botswana is a completely landlocked country in the centre of Southern Africa. One of Southern Africa’s longest rivers, the Okavango, flows into the north-western part of the country, forming the UNESCO World Heritage Site Okavango Delta. Botswana shares borders with South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

     

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  • Democratic Republic of Congo

    Democratic Republic of Congo

     

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as the Republic of Zaire, is geographically the largest state in Southern and Central Africa. It is situated at the heart of Africa, and lies on the Equator, covering an area of 2,345,095 km². The DRC has 37 kilometres of coastline and geography characterised by a vast central basin low-lying plateau rising to volcanoes and mountains in the east.

     

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  • Lesotho

    Lesotho

     

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated in the south eastern region of Southern Africa, covering an area of 30,355 km² and is entirely surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho’s geographical formation is characterised by high mountains and deep valleys, and it is the only country in the world to have all its entire territory located at more than 1,000 metres above sea level. More than 75 % of Lesotho is mountainous, with only 25 % considered lowland.

     

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  • Madagascar

    Madagascar

     

    The island of Madagascar is situated 400 km off the east coast of Africa, separated from the mainland by the Mozambique Channel. It is a large island, stretching 1,580 km from north to south and 600 km from east to west, with a coastline of about 5,000 km. The topography is varied; hilly in the north and in the central part of the island (high plateaus with altitude between 1,200 and 1,500 metres) and plains in the east, west and south.

     

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  • Malawi

    Malawi

     

    Malawi is a landlocked country, located in southern central Africa along the western part of the Great Rift Valley of Africa. Covering a total area of 118,484 km², it stretches some 900 km north to south, and between 90 and 161 km east to west. Malawi is bordered by the United Republic of Tanzania to the north and north east, Mozambique to the east, south and south west, and Zambia to the west.

     

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  • Mauritius

    Mauritius

     

    The Republic of Mauritius is situated in the south west Indian Ocean, approximately 2,400 km from the south east coast of Africa, located just to the north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The island is only 67 km in length and 46 km at its widest point, with a total land area of 2,040 km², owing its origins to submarine volcanic activity. Although the volcanoes are long since dormant, they have left their mark on the profile and landscape of the island.

     

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  • Mozambique

    Mozambique

     

    Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa, measuring a total of some 799,380 km² in area. The country borders the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. The country’s extensive coastline stretches 2,515 km along the south east and east coast of Africa. The Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, two of Africa’s major rivers, flow through Mozambique to the Indian Ocean.

     

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  • Namibia

    Namibia

     

    Namibia is situated on Africa’s south-western seaboard. Its neighbouring countries are Angola to the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the east and South Africa to the south. The country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The country covers 825,615 km² (almost four times the size of the UK and twice that of Germany) and is divided into 13 regions as determined by the delimitation commission.

     

     

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  • Seychelles

    Seychelles

     

    The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful and harmonious blend of different races, which stem from African, European and Asian roots all of whom have brought something of their own customs and way of life to the islands. The result is a charming Creole culture enriched from the melting pot of many continents.

     

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  • South Africa

    South Africa

     

    The Republic of South Africa occupies the southernmost part of the African continent stretching from the Limpopo River in the north to Cape Agulhas in the south. Covering an area of 1,219,090 km², the country shares borders with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in the north, and with Swaziland and Mozambique in the north east. It  also entirely surrounds the Kingdom of Lesotho.

     

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  • Swaziland

    Swaziland

     

    The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked country covering a total area of 17 364 km2 and is located in the Southern part of Africa bordered by the Republic of Mozambique to the east and the rest by the Republic of South Africa. Known as the Switzerland of Africa, Swaziland comprises magnificent mountain scenery with unique, ancient rock formations, which are a source of fascination for geologist, scholars and visitors. Within this small area each feature of Africa’s terrain, apart from desert, is to be found.

     

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  • United Republic of Tanzania

    United Republic of Tanzania

     

    The United Republic of Tanzania includes the Indian Ocean islands of Pemba and Zanzibar and the mainland territory, covering a total area of 1,0219,090 km², and is located on the east coast of Africa between the great lakes of the African Rift Valley system in the central part of the continent and the Indian Ocean.

     

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  • Zambia

    Zambia

     

    Zambia is an entirely landlocked country covering an area of 752,612 km². To the north it is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania, to the west by Angola, to the south west by Namibia, to the east by Malawi and Mozambique, and to the south by Zimbabwe and Botswana.

     

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  • Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

     

    Zimbabwe occupies 390,757 km² of land in south Central Africa, between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers. The land-locked country is bounded by Mozambique to the east, Zambia to the north and north west, South Africa to the south, and to the south west by Botswana. It lies wholly within the tropics and is part of the great plateau which traverses Africa

     

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 SADC Member States

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ECOWAS in Brief

The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in “all fields of
economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters …..”

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COWAS MEMBER STATES
The fifteen (15) West African States that constitute ECOWAS

 

Benin The Republic of BENIN
Burkina Faso BURKINA FASO
Cape Verde The Republic of CABO VERDE
Cote d'ivoire The Republic of COTE D’IVOIRE
The Gambia The Republic of GAMBIA
Ghana The Republic of GHANA
Guinea The Republic of GUINEE
Guinea bissau The Republic of GUINEE BISSAU
Liberia The Republic of LIBERIA
Mali The Republic of MALINiger The Republic of NIGER
Nigeria The Federal Republic of NIGERIA
Senegal The Republic of SENEGAL
Sierra Leone The Republic of SIERRA LEONE
Togo TOGOLESE Republic

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Overview

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was established in 1989. Its primary purpose is to facilitate economic growth and prosperity in the region, with the vision of creating a seamless regional economy. APEC pursues these objectives through trade and investment liberalisation, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation.

APEC aims to strengthen regional economic integration by removing impediments to trade and investment “at the border”, enhancing supply chain connectivity “across the border” and improving the business environment “behind the border”. It endeavours to improve the operating environment for business by reducing the cost of cross-border trade, improving access to trade information and simplifying regulatory and administrative processes. APEC also assists member economies build the institutional capacity to implement and take advantage of the benefits of trade and investment reform. APEC supports the multilateral trade negotiations underway in the WTO, and complements the goals of the G-20 Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Private sector engagement is central to APEC’s success. The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), established in 1995, represents the interests of business in APEC. ABAC is composed of up to three members from each of the 21 member economies, with business representatives appointed by APEC Leaders. The annual APEC CEO Summit and regular Industry Dialogues also provide opportunities for regional business leaders to interact with APEC and address key issues affecting business in the region.

APEC operates on the basis of non-binding commitments and open dialogue. Decisions made within APEC are reached by consensus and commitments are undertaken on a voluntary basis.

The APEC Secretariat is based in Singapore. It provides coordination, technical and advisory support as well as information management, communications and public outreach services. The Secretariat is headed by a fixed-term Executive Director, appointed for a period of three years. The Secretariat is also home to the APEC Policy Support Unit (PSU). The PSU assists APEC’s deliberations by providing research, analysis and policy support. More information on APEC, including its structure, committees and activities, can be found on APEC’s official website.

Contact us

  • Email: AustraliaAPEC@dfat.gov.au
  • Phone: +61 2 6261 1111
  • Mail:
    APEC Branch, Trade and Economic Policy Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    R.G. Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    Barton, ACT, 0221 Australia

APEC members

World map showing APEC member countries highlighted

APEC has 21 member economies:

The Russian Federation hosted APEC in 2012. Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Peru will host APEC in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Australia in APEC

Australia was a founding member of the APEC forum in 1989 and has been active in helping APEC achieve its current status. Australia has helped advance APEC’s core work streams of regional economic integration, structural reform and targeted capacity building through its involvement across more than 30 APEC forums (including committees, working groups and sub-forums). Australia played host to APEC in 2007.

APEC makes an important contribution to the promotion of open trade and investment, economic development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and Australia has benefited from APEC’s dynamism. Significant progress has been made by Australia and the region towards achieving the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific by 2020. APEC’s 21 member economies account for over half of global GDP and are home to more than 2.7 billion people. APEC partners account for over two-thirds of Australia’s total trade in goods and services.

Publication: The APEC Region, Trade and Investment

Upcoming APEC meetings

A full calendar of APEC events is available on APEC’s official website.

Declarations and statements by APEC leaders and ministers

Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Press Releases

Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Speeches

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