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Latin American Economic Outlook 2019 - Development in Transition - Launch


Media advisory 

Launch of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2019 - Development in Transition

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 18.00 - 20.00

Esmeralda 1212, Buenos Aires,Buenos Aires, Argentina

Socio-economic progress in Latin America and the Caribbean since the beginning of the century has strengthened the macroeconomic situations of individual countries, improved living standards, and mitigated poverty and inequality. Yet, Latin American’s life has not improved at the same pace. Large structural vulnerabilities remain and new ones have emerged. Many of these challenges are linked to the countries’ transition to higher income and development levels. The Latin American Economic Outlook 2019 (LEO 2019): Development in Transition presents a fresh analytical approach. It assesses four development traps relating to productivity, social vulnerability, public institutions and the environment. It outlines local opportunities for responding to those traps and seeks ways of improving global public goods to reinforce national agendas, all in the context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. LEO 2019 proposes recommendations to improve domestic planning and financing capacities and to  adopt a new vision of international co-operation as a facilitator to support those efforts.


The report will be launched by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre.


Since 2007, the annual report Latin American Economic Outlook has analysed issues related to economic and social development in Latin America. It is a joint production between the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the development bank of Latin America (CAF) and the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in special co-operation with the European Commission for the second time this year.


The findings of the Latin American Economic Outlook 2019 will also be discussed during the Second High level United Nations Conference on South- South cooperation (BAPA+40 Conference).


This report will be embargoed until Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 18.00 PM, Buenos Aires time. 


To register or request an advance copy in English, please contact (Tel: + 33 145 24 82 96).

More information about the report can be found at: You are invited to include this link in Internet articles associated with the report. Follow the launch at # LEO2019.


Important: the rules of the OECD embargo prohibit any radio or television broadcast, or online publication from sharing any information from the study before the end of the embargo period. The media that have been provided embargoed OECD material are informed that if there is a breach of the OECD’s rules, they will automatically be excluded from receiving any future embargoed OECD information.


Press contacts:

- CAF:; Tel: +57 (1) 743-7368

- ECLAC:; Tel: + (56 2) 2 210 2040

- Delegation of the European Union to Argentina; Tel: +54 11 4805-3759 Ext. 120

- OECD Development Centre:; Tel: +33 145 24 82 96



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