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ECLAC Will Present from Mexico its Annual Report on the Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021

5 January 2022|Announcement

The document, which provides updated estimates on the economic growth of the region’s countries in 2021 and new projections for 2022, will be unveiled at a press conference by the United Nations organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, on Wednesday, January 12.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present on Wednesday, January 12 its annual flagship report Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021, which examines the behavior of the region’s economies during the year that recently ended and updates growth estimates and other economic indicators that reflect the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent recovery on the countries of the region.

More specifically, the document will present new Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates for the region and all of its countries in 2021, along with projections for 2022. This edition of the report analyzes the economic and social dynamics at play last year, and explores the risks and policy challenges that the region will face in 2022 for driving a transformative recovery.

The report will be presented via a virtual press conference given by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, at the Commission’s Subregional Headquarters in Mexico City, at 10 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -6), which is 1 p.m. in Santiago, Chile.

According to the report, the global crisis prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the asymmetries between developed economies and emerging and developing economies with regard to their capacity to implement economic, social and health-related policies. In 2022, the growth rate of the region’s countries is forecast to decelerate. The specific magnitude of the main regional economic indicators will be unveiled by Alicia Bárcena at the press conference.

The press conference will be transmitted live via Zoom at the following link:

Due to current attendance restrictions on events because of the health situation, the press conference will only be held virtually. It is requested that all the journalists interested in participating register ahead of time at the Zoom link provided above. They will receive an automated email with instructions for joining.

In addition, the press conference will be transmitted online for the general public via the institution’s website, at and on its social media accounts in Spanish on Twitter (@cepal_onu) and Facebook (

Journalists who are participating will be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary will respond to them during the press conference. Questions will only be taken until 10:30 a.m. Mexico City local time on Wednesday, January 12.

Members of the media are invited to participate in this press conference. Journalists must connect via Zoom (prior registration is required) as of 10:00 a.m. local time in Mexico City (UTC/GMT -6:00). Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Zoom platform’s chat while the event is taking place, or to

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 Wednesday, January 12, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s annual flagship report: Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2021.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 10:00 a.m. local time in Mexico City (GMT -06:00 horas), 1:00 p.m. in Chile.

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

Also via ECLAC’s website and at


For queries and to arrange interviews, contact María Luisa Díaz de León. Email:; Telephone: +52 55 41705665; Mobile: +52 55 5416 9297.

For other questions about the report launch, contact ECLAC’s Public Information Unit in Santiago, Chile.

Email:; Telephone: +562 2210 2040.