This year’s Ministerial will bring together ministers and high-level officials in the fields of labour, planning, economy and social development to engage in a frank discussion on how the COVID-19 crisis will affect the social inclusion agenda in Latin American and Caribbean. It aims to provide opportunities to identify and envisage ways to transition to formality and resume job creation, and advance the much-needed creation of consensus on the socio-economic reforms to be implemented in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Ministerial Summit will be chaired and hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic.      

 Attendance to the private section of the Ministerial is by invitation only.

*Information to participate in the public section of the Ministerial will become available in the following weeks.

13, 15, 16 and 17 July 2020     Virtually

  • Public sessions
13 July (webinar)
  • Ministerial sessions

15, 16 and 17 July
(by invitation only)

  • LACRP Steering Group

17 July 
(by invitation only)

Public sessions - 13 July

These sessions will be transmitted to a wide audience through a virtual platform.

Opening high-level dialogue: Informality and Social Inclusion in the times of COVID-19


Opening – Monday, 13 July
16h–17h CET | 10h–11h EST | 9h–10h CST


High-Level Dialogue: Informality and Social Inclusion in the times of COVID-19

Opening and moderation: Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

►   Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic

►   Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica*

►   Martin Vizcarra, President of Peru*

►   Marta Lucia Ramírez, Vice-President of Colombia*

►   Marcelo Ebrard, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico*

►   Walter Braga Netto, Minister-Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Brazil*

17h–18h30 CET | 11h–12h30 EST | 10h–11h30 CST

From an impending issue to an emergency: the imperative need for a new and more inclusive social pact in Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderation: Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20


►   Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic

►   Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC*

►   Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy*

► Ignacio Briones, Minister of Finance of Chile*


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Ministerial - 15,16,17 July

Participation in the Ministerial sessions is limited to invited authorities and international organisations.

Opening – Wednesday, 15 July
15h40–16h CET | 9h40–10h EST | 8h40–9h CST

Welcoming remarks

►   Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic

►   Andreas Schaal, OECD Global Relations Director

►   Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre


Ministerial Session 1 – Wednesday, 15 July
16h–18h CET 10h–12h EST 9h–11h CST

Informality during and beyond COVID-19: good practices and the imperative of universal safety nets

Chair: Nelson Toca, Minister of Industry, Trade and SMEs, Dominican Republic*

Moderator: Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre

Lead speakers:

►   Claudio Omar Moroni, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Argentina

►   Minister

►   Minister

Discussion (Ministries of Labour / Social Development)


Ministerial Session 2 – Thursday, 16 July
16h–18h CET 10h–-12h EST 9h–11h CST

Resuming employment growth with better opportunities for vulnerable groups (women, migrants, indigenous groups and youth) 


Chair: Winston Santos, Minister of Labour / Janet Camilo, Minister of Women, Dominican Republic

Moderator: Stefano Scarpetta, Director of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, OECD

Lead speakers:

►   Vinicius Pinheiro, Director for LAC, International Labour Organisation*

►   Emb. Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)*

►   Minister

Discussion (Ministries of Labour) 


Ministerial Session 3 - Friday, 17 July 
15h30–17h CET | 9h30–11h EST | 8h30–10h CST

Inclusive social dialogue and citizen engagement to enhance social cohesion and ownership of recovery measures

Chair: Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Presidency, Dominican Republic

Moderator: Andreas Schaal, OECD Director for Global Relations

►   Juan Luis Bermúdez Madriz, Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion, Costa Rica

►   Minister

►   Minister

Discussion (Ministries of Planning, Social Development & Centres of Government)


17h–17h20 CET 11h–11h20 EST 10h–10h20 CST

Concluding remarks

►   Juan Ariel Jiménez, Minister of Economy and Development, Dominican Republic Minister*

►   Andreas Schaal, OECD Director for Global Relations

►   Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre


 * to be confirmed
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Steering Group Meeting - 17 July

The Steering Group Meeting is limited to invited member country delegations and international organisations


Friday, 17 July
17h30 – 19h30 | CET 11h30 – 13h30 EST | 10h30 – 12h30 CS  

 This virtual meeting of the Steering Group will serve to discuss how the LACRP can foster synergies and mobilise action for the region to address the issues of social inclusion and informality. Further information will be sent separately to all Steering Group members. 


Angel Gurría, OECD


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Danilo Medina Sánchez, Dominican Republic


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Marta-Lucia Ramirez, Colombia (TBC)

Vice President

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Miguel Vargas Maldonado, Rep. Dom.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Juan Luis Bermúdez Madriz, Costa Rica

Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion

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Andreas Schaal, OECD

Director of Global Relations

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Mario Pezzini, OECD

Director of the Development Centre

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Background documents

  • Briefings (forthcoming)
  • Conclusions (forthcoming)


Practical information

  • Virtually connect to the meeting (forthcoming)
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