Latin American Integration Association (LAIA/ALADI)

Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración

Associaçao Latino-Americana de Integração

Established: By treaty signed at Montevideo, Uruguay, August 12, 1980, effective March 18, 1981, as successor to the Latin American Free Trade Association.

Purpose: To promote the expansion of regional integration, both economic and social, and ultimately to establish a Latin American common market.

Headquarters: Montevideo, Uruguay.

Principal Organs: Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Committee of Representatives, Evaluation and Convergence Conference, Secretariat.

Secretary General: Didier Opertti Badán (Uruguay).

Membership (12): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Observers (25): Andean Development Corporation, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Commission of the European Communities, Guatemala, Honduras, Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latin American Economic System, Nicaragua, Organization of American States, ...

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