Banco Centroamericano de Integración
Económica (Central American
Bank for Economic Integration) CABEI is the multilateral bank for the integration and development
of Central America, whose purpose is to contribute in the raising of the quality
of life of the population, providing financial and technical cooperation
resources, so as to satisfy the needs of these countries within a culture of
service and regional vision.
- SICA - Sistema de
la Integración Centroamericana SICA (Central American Integration
System) is an international organization integrated by the republics of
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama.
SICA coordinates and implements the mandates of the presidential
summits and the decisions of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
- Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana SIECA is the
administrative and economic organ of the process of Central American
integration. SIECA was created
in 1960 and it is headquartered in Guatemala. It coordinates the relations among all the institutions
of the integration process, as well as SICA’s Secretariat.
de Datos de Instituciones Especializadas en Iberoamérica (IDAT)
The Data Base of Institutions Specialized in
Iberia-America (IDAT) has information of public and private institutions,
foundations, non-governmental organizations, associations, and other
institutions that conduct research on Latin American topics. This data base provides the names, addresses, phone and
fax numbers, fuctional organization, themes, and goals of each institution.
Organized by institution, country, city, and theme.
- Casa de América
The House of América is an institution based in Madrid (Spain) that fosters
research, discussion forums, and cultural programs on Latin American issues.
Centro de Formación para la
Integración Regional CEFIR The Formation Center for Regional Integration is a joint
project of the European Union and the Rio Group to promote the exchange of
knowledge and experience between Europe and Latin America for the formulation,
implementation and execution of public policies related to regional integration.
Comunidad Andina The
Andean Community (former Andean Pact) is a subregional organization integrated
by Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and by the organs and
institutions of the Andean Integration System. The Andean System rested originally on the principle of
import substitution, but has evolved into a project based on the principle of
(Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales –
Regional Coordinator for Economic and Social Research).
CRIES is a network of centers that conduct research on Cental
American and Caribbean topics. Its
main goal is to contribute to a model of equitable and sustainable social
development for the countries and territories of the Great Caribbean.
de la Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina -REDIAL-
The Directory of the European Network for Latin American Information and
Documentation (REDIAL) compiles information from all the European
institutions specialized in scientific information in the social sciences
and humanities, integrated in REDIAL. Its
sources have data about Latin American collections, description of their
resources, and collections.
de ONGDs This directory provides detailed information on
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) based in Spain that operate in Latin
America: countries of operation, target population, project typologies,
activities, financial information, etc.).
Andino Journal published by the Andean Community.
It contains articles about Andean integration as well as about the
relations of the Andean Community with third countries and with other
- Institut für
Iberoamerika-Kunde (IIK) The Institute of Ibero-American Studies (IIK)
was founded in 1962 with the objective of observing and scientifically
analysing political, economic and social development processes in the
countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. By closely linking research,
documentation and information work the IIK aims to serve interested parties
from the worlds of science, politics and business as well as a broad
spectrum of the public engaged in the problems of the region.
- Institute of
Latin American Studies (University of London) The Institute of Latin American Studies, established
in 1965, is a member of the University of London's School of Advanced Study.
The Institute promotes, coordinates and provides a central focus for
research and postgraduate teaching on Latin America in the social sciences
and humanities in the University of London. It plays a national role as a
coordinating and information centre for Latin American Studies in the UK.
The Institute maintains international links with universities and research
institutes in Latin America, continental Europe, the United States and other
parts of the world.
Institute of Latin American
Studies Stockholm University (LAIS) Relations between Sweden and Latin
America became increasingly important since the beginning of this century. It
was not, however, but after World War II, in 1951, that the increasing interest
on the part of the Swedish government and the Swedish business community on
expanding their knowledge of the region led to the creation of the Ibero
American Library and Institute at the Stockholm School of Economics. Later on,
in 1969, the Institute was reorganized as a national institute for studies on
Latin America and was re-chartered as a government institution with the right to
establish cooperation at a Nordic level
Italo-Latinoamericano The Italian-Latin American Institute conducts
research and compiles documentation related to the problems, achievements,
and perspectives of its member countries in science, culture, economics,
technology and society. It
shares its findings among the members and promotes assistance and joint
actions among the member countries.
Instituto para la Integración
de América Latina y el Caribe (INTAL) The Institute for the Integration of
Latin America and the Caribbean is an international organization created by an
agreement between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government
of Argentina in 1964. Institutionally, INTAL is part of the Integration and
Regional Programs Department of the IDB. INTAL
has been actively involved in research activities, technical cooperation for
governments and institutions in the academic and business field, and training in
support of the integration and regional cooperation processes. As of 1996, the
Institute working plan is based upon a new conceptual and operational strategy
which meets the demands and changes produced in the regional integration
scenario in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a response to the strong
tendency towards the globalization of the economies which came about in the
latest years around the world.
IRELA The Institute
for European-Latin American Relations, based in Madrid (Spain), is an
international research and consultant institution created by the European
Commission, the European Parliament, and the Latin American Parliament on 2
September, 1985. IRELA’s
activities comprise research, political analysis, confidential consulting,
organization of forums and seminars for dialogue and discussion, collection of
economic, political, and social development data, as well as relations between
Europe and Latin America.
MERCOSUR is the customs union created by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and
Uruguay on 26 March, 1991. Bolivia
and Chile have signed trade agreements with MERCOSUR and have institutionalized
an association relationship with it. The principle that led to the creation of
MERCOSUR is the idea that extending the national markets of the member states
through integration was the fundamental condition to speed up the process
economic development and social justice. MERCOSUR
countries seek to make efficient use of their resources, to preserve their
environment, to improve physical communication among themselves, and to
complement every sector of their economies.
Secretariat The NAFTA Secretariat, comprised of the Canadian, U.S. and
Mexican Sections, is an unique organization, established by the Free Trade
Commission, pursuant to Article 2002, Chapter 20 of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is
responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of
the Agreement. The mandate of the NAFTA Secretariat also includes the
provision of assistance to the Commission and support for various
non-dispute related committees and working groups.
- Organization of American
State - OAS OAS is an international organization, headquartered in
Washington D.C. that seeks Pan-American cooperation in several fields:
cultural, economic, educational, environmental, social.
Amazónico The Amazon Parliament is a permanent institution created in
1989 by the representatives of the Parliaments of the member countries of Amazonia:
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
The Amazon Parliament is the legislative body of Amazonia,
and seeks to promote political and parliamentary relations among its member
Latinoamericano Parlacén is formed by the Parliaments of the twenty-two
countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, which meet in an ordinary and
extra-ordinary way with the purpose of analyzing projects and studies on the
region’s problems, that later can be approved and taken for suggestions to
the various National Parliaments, to be ratified and executed by them. These
meetings, in different cities of our continent have the objective of
promoting concrete actions which are beneficiary to all the nations of Latin
Sistema Andino de Integración - SAI
The Andean integration System is made up by the organs and institutions
that work together to deepen Andean subregional integration, its external
promotion, and to strengthen its internal relations. A meeting of the representatives of the organs and
institutions that make up Sai takes place on a regular basis.
Latinoamericano The Latin American Economic System (SELA) is a regional
intergovernmental organization, headquartered in Caracas (Venezuela), which
groups 28 Latin American and Caribbean countries. It seeks to foster
extraregional and intraregional relations, as well as regional cooperation.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the world organization of parliaments of
sovereign States. It was established in 1889.
The Union is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue and
works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of