The ECLAC Washington Office, established in 1950, serves as liaison with the governments of the United States, Canada, and international organizations based in Washington, D.C., including 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).
The Office is the focal point and provides support to the Summit of the Americas process and to the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Initiative. It also serves as focal point to the OAS-IDB-ECLAC Tripartite Committee.
Through research, policy analysis, and technical assistance the Office seeks to increase understanding of economic relations of Latin America and the Caribbean with the United States and Canada and of the region’s access to external financing. Areas of work include, among others, trade, barriers to trade, capital markets, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance.