Latin American Integration Association

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Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración
Associação Latino-Americana de Integração

Latin American Integration Association
Coat of arms
Administrative centerMontevideo, Uruguay
Working languages
Type Trade bloc
   Secretary General Carlos Alvarez
   Treaty of Montevideo 12 August 1980 
   Total 35,262,114 km2
13,614,778 sq mi
   2008 estimate 515,722,726
   Density 14.6/km2
37.8/sq mi
Time zone (UTC-3 to -8)

The Latin American Integration Association / Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración / Associação Latino-Americana de Integração (LAIA / ALADI) is an international and regional scope organization. It was created on 12 August 1980 by the 1980 Montevideo Treaty,[1][2] replacing the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA / ALALC). Currently, it has 13 member countries, and any of the Latin American States may apply for accession.


The development of the integration process developed within the framework of the ALADI aims at promoting the harmonious and balanced socio-economic development of the region, and its long-term objective is the gradual and progressive establishment of a Latin-American Common Market.

Basic Functions

General Principles

Integration Mechanisms

The ALADI promotes the establishment of an area of economic preferences within the region, in order to create a Latin-American common market, through three mechanisms:

The Relatively Less Economically Developed Countries of the region (Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay) benefit from a preferential system, through the lists of markets opening offered by the countries in favor of the Relatively Less Economically Developed Countries; special programs of cooperation (business rounds, pre-investment, financing, technological support); and countervailing measures in favor of the land-locked countries, the full participation of such countries in the integration process is sought. The ALADI includes in its legal structure the strongest sub-regional, plurilateral and bilateral integration agreements arising in growing numbers in the continent. As a result, the ALADI – as an institutional and legal framework or “umbrella” of the regional integration- develops actions in order to support and foster these efforts for the progressive establishment of a common economic space.

Member states

State Members Join Date Population Land Surface Exclusive Economic Zone Platform Capital City
 Argentina Founder 40,117,096 2,780,400 km² 1,084,386 km² 856,346 km² Buenos Aires
 Bolivia Founder 10,426,160 1,098,581 km² Landlocked Sucre & La Paz
 Brazil Founder 190,732,694 8,514,877 km² 3,660,955 km² 774,563 km² Brasilia
 Chile Founder 17,094,275 756,096.3 km² 3,681,989 km² 252,947 km² Santiago de Chile
 Colombia Founder 45,656,937 1,141,748 km² 817,816 km² 53,691 km² Bogotá
 Cuba 1999 11,242,621 110,860 km² 350,751 km² 61,525 km² Havana
 Ecuador Founder 14,306,876 283,561 km² 1,072,533 km² 41,034 km² Quito
 Mexico Founder 112,322,757 1,972,550 km² 3,177,593 km² 419,102 km² Mexico City
 Paraguay Founder 7,030,917 406,752 km² Landlocked Asunción
 Panama 2011 3,405,813 78,200 km² 335,646 km² 53,404 km² Panama City
 Peru Founder 29,885,340 1,285,215.6 km² 906,454 km² 82,000 km² Lima
 Uruguay Founder 3,424,595 176,215 km² 142,166 km² 75,327 km² Montevideo
 Venezuela Founder 30,102,382 916,445 km² 860,000 km² 98,500 km² Caracas
Total: 521,213,563 19,651,873 km² 16,214,170 km² 2,839,313 km²

Accession of other Latin-American countries

Chile Paraguay Argentina Uruguay Peru Brazil Barbados Trinidad and Tobago Colombia Guyana Suriname Jamaica Bolivia Ecuador Venezuela Cuba Dominica Antigua and Barbuda Montserrat Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Lucia Nicaragua Belize Grenada Saint Kitts and Nevis Canada Mexico Panama United States Honduras El Salvador Bahamas Haiti Guatemala Costa Rica Dominican Republic Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Latin American Economic System Union of South American Nations Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization Andean Community Mercosur Caribbean Community Pacific Alliance ALBA Central American Integration System Central American Parliament Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Latin American Integration Association Central America-4 Border Control Agreement North American Free Trade Agreement Association of Caribbean States Organization of American States Petrocaribe CARICOM Single Market and Economy
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The 1980 Montevideo Treaty is open to the accession of any Latin-American country. On 26 August 1999, the first accession to the 1980 Montevideo Treaty was executed, with the incorporation of the Republic of Cuba as a member country of the ALADI. On 10 May 2012, the Republic of Panama became the thirteenth member country of the ALADI. Likewise, the accession of the Republic of Nicaragua was accepted in the Sixteenth Meeting of the Council of Ministers (Resolution 75 (XVI)), held on 11 August 2011. Currently, Nicaragua moves towards the fulfillment of conditions for becoming a member country of the ALADI. The ALADI opens its field of actions for the rest of Latin America through multilateral links or partial agreements with other countries and integration areas of the continent (Article 25). The Latin-American Integration Association also contemplates the horizontal cooperation with other integration movements in the world and partial actions with third developing countries or their respective integration areas (Article 27).

Institutional Structure

ALADI - Institutional Structure
Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

The Council of Ministers is the supreme body of the ALADI, and adopts the decisions for the superior political management of the integration process. It is constituted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member countries. Notwithstanding, when one of such member countries assigns the competence of the integration affairs to a different Minister or Secretary of State, the member countries may be represented, with full powers, by the respective Minister or Secretary. It is convened by the Committee of Representatives, meets and makes decisions with the presence of all the member countries.

Evaluation and Convergence Conference

It is in charge, among others, of analyzing the functioning of the integration process in all its aspects, promoting the convergence of the partial scope agreements seeking their progressive multilateralization, and promoting greater scope actions as regards economic integration. It is made up of Plenipotentiaries of the member countries.

Committee of Representatives

It is the permanent political body and negotiating forum of the ALADI, where all the initiatives for the fulfillment of the objectives established by the 1980 Montevideo Treaty are analyzed and agreed on. It is composed of a Permanent Representative of each member country with right to one vote and an Alternate Representative. It meets regularly every 15 days and its Resolutions are adopted by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the member countries.

General Secretariat

It is the technical body of the ALADI, and it may propose, evaluate, study and manage for the fulfillment of the objectives of the ALADI. It is composed of technical and administrative personnel, and directed by a Secretary-General, who has the support of two Undersecretaries, elected for a three-year period, renewable for the same term.

Montevideo, ALADI's site.

Secretaries General

  • 19801984 Paraguay Julio César Schupp (Paraguay)
  • 19841987 Uruguay Juan José Real (Uruguay)
  • 19871990 Argentina Norberto Bertaina (Argentina)
  • 19901993 Colombia Jorge Luis Ordóñez (Colombia)
  • 19931999 Brazil Antônio José de Cerqueira Antunes (Brasil)
  • 20002005 Venezuela Juan Francisco Rojas Penso (Venezuela) [3]
  • 20052008 Uruguay Didier Opertti (Uruguay) [4]
  • 20082009 Paraguay Bernardino Hugo Saguier-Caballero (Paraguay)
  • 20092011 Paraguay José Félix Fernández Estigarribia (Paraguay) [5]
  • 20112014 Argentina Carlos Álvarez (Argentina)

See also


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