Focus on Latin America


Revenue Statistics in Latin America (13/11/2012)

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly, according to a new report. The average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by this report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008. >> Read more



The OECD welcomes the President of Peru, Mr. Ollanta Humala (15/11/12)

The President of Peru, Mr. Ollanta Humala, will visit the OECD on Thursday, 15 November, to participate in an informal meeting of the OECD Council and to hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD. >> Read more



Latin American Economic Outlook (16/11/2012)

Latin America has weathered the recent turbulence in the global economy with relative strength, but the region now faces – beyond the short-term global uncertainty -- important medium term risks. Policy makers need to make use of the policy space at their disposal to lay the foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth. This year's edition features a special chapter on SMEs which account for around 99% of businesses and employ 67% of employees, but still contribute little to GDP compared to those of OECD countries. >> Find out more



Official visit of Ollanta Humala, President of Peru

Angel Gurría with the President of Peru, Mr. Ollanta Humala

Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (forthcoming - 21/11/2012)

This report addresses multilevel governance challenges in water policy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and identifies good practices for co-ordinating water across ministries, between levels of government, and across local and regional actors. >> More OECD work on water


"The idea of Latin America as a region resilient to the global crisis is hardly news by now. However, this relatively favourable economic performance is not yet enough to face the region’s challenges (...). Diversifying the economy into more knowledge-based sectors, or fostering small-size entrepreneurship can contribute to tackle the fundamental issue of social and economic inequalities."

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, 23 October 2012 (Read the full speech)


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