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OECD Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean


‌In January 2016, OECD members decided to strengthen co-operation with the region through the creation of an OECD LAC Regional Programme, which was launched on 1 June 2016 at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) in Paris, under the Chairmanship of then-President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and with remarks from then-President of Peru Ollanta Humala and OECD Secretary General Ángel Gurría (read his remarks here). On the margins of the 2019 MCM, the Programme was renewed for a second three-year cycle (2019-2022), transferring its co-chairmanship to Brazil and Mexico for this period. 


The OECD LAC Regional Programme (EspañolFrançais, Português) aims to support the region in advancing its reform agenda along three key regional priorities: increasing productivityenhancing social inclusion, and strengthening institutions and governance. Since its launch in June 2016, the Programme moved quickly into implementation mode, undertaking a number of activities (see the full Activity Report) during its first mandate:


 Flagships publications and high-level meetings:



  • The annual flagship publication Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO), already in its 12th edition, will continue to contribute its in-depth analysis of economic and social development in Latin America. The latest edition explores the phenomenon of "development in transition".


Representatives of LAC countries during the Steering group meeting along with the OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria and Gabriela Ramos.

                                                                                   8th Steering Group Meeting of the OECD Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean 23 May, Paris, France.

Sub-regional Activities: Recognising the heterogeneity of the region, the Programme is developing sub-regional initiatives, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean, in order to better tailor its policy advice and support. On 29 June, the Consejo de Ministros para la Integración Económica (COMIECO) formalised the creation of the OECD Central American Initiative in the framework of the OECD LAC Regional Programme. The Initiative has as an overall objective to support the region’s economic integration process via four priority areas: 1) global and regional value chains; 2) strengthening the role of the services sector and SMES; 3) improving the institutional design of the economic integration process; and 4) advancing international regulatory co-operation within the sub-region. Activities in support of these four priorities will be undertaken in close co-operation with the COMIECO and the Secretary of Economic Integration of Central America (SIECA).


Statistics: While many LAC countries are already included in OECD statistical datasets, the Programme will seek to expand this coverage and make it more readily available. A new OECD LAC statistics portal has already been developed for this purpose. In addition, the OECD in collaboration with ECLAC launched the How’s Life in Latin America? Initiative to develop wellbeing indicators for the LAC region, building on the OECD Better Life Index.

Latest OECD LAC Regional Programme PublicationIntegrity for Good Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean  and corresponding OECD Action Plan 

Click here to watch a video about the International Conference / Ministerial Meeting on '' Integrity for Good Governance in Latin Ameica and the Caribbean: form Commitment to Action '' prepared by the Government of Peru