The ECLAC Washington Office was established in 1950 to serve as liaison with the United States government and international organizations based in Washington, D.C., such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the World Bank Group (IBRD); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Organization of American States (OAS); and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
This includes participation in the OAS-IDB-ECLAC Tripartite Committee, the follow-up mechanism to the Miami Summit of the Americas in 1994 and, in particular, is providing support to the Pathways to the Americas Initiative, and provided support to the negotiations of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) process.
In addition, the Washington Office monitors the evolution and development of the economy of the United States and its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. Other reports prepared regularly include analysis of U.S. Trade Developments, Medical Tourism, Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as Capital Flows between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean (go to publications).
Finally, ECLAC Washington carries out extensive public information and outreach activities, including lectures, publication of the monthly newsletter CEPAL News, distribution of ECLAC documents, and contacts with the Washington-based media.