Early in this decade, the Commission undertook a
critical evaluation of its initial programme of work
in the light of the results observed in the region,
especially in those economies that had undergone a process
of industrialization. Although the region had registered
higher growth rates since the end of the Second World War,
industrialization was found to have reproduced other peripheral
With the realization that the social structure
of the countries of the region was a serious obstacle
to technical progress, ECLAC therefore incorporated into
its work an approach aimed at a better understanding of
economic and social development.
In 1966, the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean was
created in Port of Spain to provide services to all the countries
of the insular Caribbean.