Colombia’s path towards OECD accession


28 April 2020 - Colombia has officially become an OECD Member, the 37th country to do so in the Organisation’s near 60-year history, after having completed its domestic procedures for ratification of the OECD Convention and the deposit of its instrument of accession. This brings to a successful conclusion an accession process that began in 2013.

30 May 2018 - The Secretary-General and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, signed the Agreement on the Terms of Accession of the Republic of Colombia to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Colombia will become a Member of the Organisation once it has taken the appropriate steps at the national level to accede to the OECD Convention and deposited its instrument of accession with the French government, depository of the OECD Convention.

25 May 2018 - The OECD issued an invitation to Colombia to become a Member of the Organisation. The invitation resulted from the OECD Council's positive assessment of Colombia’s position with respect to OECD legal instruments, standards and benchmarks.

October 2013 – March 2018 - 23 OECD substantive committees and their subsidiary bodies conducted technical reviews of Colombia. These reviews assessed (i) the willingness and ability of Colombia to implement substantive OECD legal instruments; and (ii) Colombia’s policies and practices as compared to OECD best policies and practices, in what amounts to an in-depth review of the candidate country in the relevant review areas.

21 June 2014 - Colombia signed an Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Organisation. The purpose of this agreement is to accord to the Organisation certain privileges and immunities to ensure its independence and proper functioning. The Privileges and Immunities Agreement, which is a sin equa non requirement for accession, has been ratified by the Colombian Congress and is currently under review by the Constitutional Court.


Colombian visit to the OECD  

Picture of Ivan Duque and the SG

12 November 2018 - Iván Duque, President of the Republic of Colombia and Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD.

17 March 2014 - Colombia took an important first step in the accession process by submitting an Initial Memorandum which set out the country’s position on approximately 250 OECD legal instruments in force and included an assessment of the conformity of Colombia’s legislation, policies and practices with the instrument. 


24 October 2013 - The “kick-off” mission of the OECD Secretariat to Colombia took place, marking the launch of the technical accession discussions.


19 September 2013 - The OECD Council approved the Roadmap for the Accession of Colombia to the OECD Convention. An accession roadmap sets out the terms, conditions and process for OECD accession.


29 May 2013 - The OECD Council at Ministerial level decided to open accession discussions with Colombia.


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