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ECLAC Presents Report on the Region’s Foreign Trade in 2021, amid Post-Pandemic Recovery

1 December 2021|Announcement

The annual report International Trade Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean will be unveiled at a virtual press conference by the United Nations organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, on Tuesday, December 7.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present next Tuesday, December 7, its flagship annual report International Trade Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2021, in which it examines the foreign trade performance of the region’s economies during the current year, with the most recent figures available on the impact of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic recovery in the distinct countries.

This edition of the publication consists of three chapters. The first analyzes the evolution of global and regional trade in the last year and their prospects for a post-pandemic recovery. The second chapter examines the challenge of achieving productive autonomy in the region’s health industry, and the third offers proposals for defining the contribution of international trade to the new circular economy.

The report will be presented during a virtual press conference held by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, speaking from Santiago, Chile at 11:00 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -3:00).

According to the document, the region’s trade has exhibited a significant rebound in 2021, but with major differences between countries and subregions. The main regional trade indicators’ specific magnitude in recent months will be revealed by Alicia Bárcena at the press conference.

This virtual event will be transmitted live via Zoom at the following link:

Journalists interested in participating must register in advance. They will receive an automated email with instructions for joining.

The press conference will also be transmitted online via the institution’s website and its social media accounts on Twitter (@cepal_onu) and Facebook ( Journalists will be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary will respond to them once she has finished presenting the document. Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time.

Members of the media are invited to participate in this virtual press conference. Journalists must connect via Zoom (prior registration is required) as of 11:00 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -3:00). Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Zoom platform’s chat while the event is taking place. They can also send their queries to the email address Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, December 7.

The presentation will also be transmitted on ECLAC’s website and at

The full electronic version of this new annual report by ECLAC, along with a press release and the presentation by Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, will be available on ECLAC’s website and on the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean on Tuesday, December 7, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s flagship annual report International Trade Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2021.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -03:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Zoom platform (prior registration required).

Also via ECLAC’s website and at


For queries and to arrange interviews, contact ECLAC’s Public Information Unit.

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.