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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 (Español, Français, Português) aims to support the region in advancing its reform agenda along three key regional priorities: increasing productivity, enhancing 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 during its first mandate:
Flagships publications and high-level meetings:
OECD LAC Regional Programme International Conference & Ministerial Meeting “Towards Inclusive Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean’’, held in Asunción, Paraguay on 16 November 2017.
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 Publication
Integrity 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