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ECLAC Report Will Present New Economic Projections for the Region’s Countries, More Than a Year After the COVID-19 Pandemic First Appeared

6 July 2021|Announcement

The organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, will unveil the document during a virtual press conference on Thursday, July 8, held from the institution’s central headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present this Thursday, July 8, a special report that examines the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than a year after it first appeared, providing new growth projections for the region’s countries.

The new document, entitled The recovery paradox in Latin America and the Caribbean. Growth amid persisting structural problems: inequality, poverty and low investment and productivity, analyzes the performance of the region’s main economic and social indicators and presents policy proposals for achieving a transformative recovery based on the forging of a new development pattern.

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 -4:00).

This 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.

According to the report, Latin America and the Caribbean faces a period of great uncertainty, and the recovery will be divergent among countries. The pandemic’s economic and social effects will last over time, and the economic reactivation alone will not ensure a sustained recovery. Updated figures on growth projections by country, as well as on vaccination progress, employment and other matters, will be part of the information presented by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena.

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 -4:00). 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 Thursday, July 8.

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

The full electronic version of this new document 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 Thursday, July 8, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of the special report The recovery paradox in Latin America and the Caribbean. Growth amid persisting structural problems: inequality, poverty and low investment and productivity.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Thursday, July 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -4:00).

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

Meeting Number:  99966900668

Meeting Password: 267727

Also via ECLAC’s website and at


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

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.