Latin American Integration Association (LAIA/ALADI)

Asociación Latinoamericana de Integración

Associaçao Latino-Americana de Integração

Established: By treaty signed August 12, 1980, in Montevideo, Uruguay, 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, Committee of Representatives, Evaluation and Convergence Conference, Secretariat.

Web site: (The site offers an English-language option for its home page.)

Secretary General: Hugo Saguier Caballero (Paraguay).

Membership (13): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Observers (27): Andean Development Corporation, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Commission of the European Communities, Guatemala, Honduras, Ibero-American Secretariat-General, Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation, Italy, Japan, Republic ...

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