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ECLAC Will Present its Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

1 October 2020|Announcement

The organization’s main annual economic report will be unveiled during a virtual press conference by the Commission’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, on Tuesday, October 6.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present on Tuesday, October 6 its Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2020: Main conditioning factors of fiscal and monetary policies in the post-COVID-19 era, the institution’s flagship annual economic report, which takes stock of the region’s economies in the last year, with special emphasis on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and examines the prospects for the coming months.

The latest edition of this document – published by the United Nations regional commission since 1948 – will present an analysis of the economic effects caused by the pandemic in each country of the region and will offer policy recommendations to address them, above all in relation to fiscal and monetary matters, while also highlighting the importance of international cooperation.

The report will be unveiled 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).

It will be transmitted live via Webex at the following link:

Journalists interested in participating must register in advance. They will receive an automated email reply with instructions for connecting to the event.

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, the effects of the crisis have left their mark and will be long-lasting. It reaffirms that the projected drop in regional GDP will be the worst in history. The figures showing the magnitude of these impacts in the region will be released by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, during the report launch.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the virtual press conference. Journalists must connect via the Webex system (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 Webex 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, October 6.

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, October 6, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s flagship annual report: Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2020.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -03:00).

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

Event number: 172 020 8940

Event password: jeKdNpWX587


Also via ECLAC’s website and at


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

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.